Story: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow & Tom Waltz, Script: Tom Waltz, Art: Michael Dialynas, Colors: Ronda Pattison, Letters: Shawn Lee.
Like I've mentioned in my POP'n Picks, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is quite the captivating title.
Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz regularly put together an amazing script, which Michael Dialynas beautifully gives life to.
This particular issue sees the events that have been culminating up to this point coming to a head with a rather shocking ending.
Not a moment is lost on any front, as all sides in the City at War are all given equal attention, and chaos.
Whether you've been a longtime reader, or you just hopped on with all of the 5th Turtle (Jennika) Hype, its easy to see through the level of writing and illustration why TMNT has been able to hold the enormous fanbase that it does.
One of the golden points of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is that while it may get complex, it is extremely easy to jump on while having only a cursory knowledge of the Turtles and their entourage: Turtles, Pizza, Splinter, and their human friends.
The setting is very easy to pick up on, as our Mutant friends often stick to the city that they have come to call home, and the story only diverts in order to give focus to the current threat that our heroes face, along with their changing attitudes towards the events that surround them, as is the case with Raphael (Red Turtle) in the current arc.
Now if you're just hopping on for the speculation aspect, the ship has sailed for the most part; Jennika has been introduced long ago, and her turtle form has already been established for a few issues running now. I wouldn't go buying multiple copies of a single cover, but rather one copy of each of your favorite covers (if that) for a reader set, or a complete set.