Story: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow and Tom Waltz
Script: Tom Waltz
Art: Dave Wachter
Colours: Ronda Pattison
Letters: Shawn Lee
Editor: Bobby Curnow
Publisher: Ted Adams
It’s been building for a while now and the Kitsune led mutiny of Splinter’s Foot Clan has come to fruition. The late Oroku Saki’s (Shredder’s) wife has been thinly veiling her disgust at Master Splinter’s leadership since he defeated Saki in that epic rooftop battle back in issue 50 and we have seen her mind controlling poor Alopex into helping her gain control of the Foot for herself. Issue 59 shows everything coming to a head in what looks like having terrifying consequences for Splinter and the family.
Tom Waltz, with the help of franchise co creator Kevin Eastman and IDW editor Bobby Curnow have a real knack for slow burning plot lines that tighten and tighten until they come to a sharp peak which is a writing technique that is often sadly missing in today’s comic book world. Instant gratification and consumer entitlement has crippled creative teams to the point where artist and audience no longer work in tandem to create the product. Consumers have far too much control and through social media etc can dictate and demand what they are given rather than leaving it to the people whose job it is to release their vision untainted. As this creative team (the writing part anyway) has remained untouched since the series inception we have been given a consistent and pure vision of intention and it’s all the better for it. Learn from this.
Artist Dave Wachter does a great job here in particularly in one prolonged fight scene that delivers in every way. It’s cinematic, flows quickly and beautifully and is full of expression. I’ve not seen much of his work and on this evidence I’d be more than happy to see more of him. His art during Kitsune’s mind control scenes are sinister and terrifying making for a very effective issue.
A slow burning sub plot has now become the main focus and what seemed like a distant threat is a now a terrifying reality. The status quo could be in for yet another shake up just as we were getting comfortable with the last major shake up. If one thing’s for sure it’s that in this brilliant series, nothing is guaranteed other than consistent quality. Another positive in a long line of positives for IDW’s best ongoing series.