Story: Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman and Bobby Curnow
Script: Tom Waltz
Art: Dave Wachter
Colours: Ronda Pattison
Letters: Shawn Lee
Editor: Bobby Curnow
Publisher: Ted Adams
Tensions between Master Splinter and his sons have been at an all time due to the sensei’s increasing levels of brutality in both the physical and manipulative sense. Mikey has strugged with his fathers actions and attitude ever since he killed Shredder and took control of The Foot Clan and that comes to something of a boiling point in this issue. I’ve seen it said that Mikey is being immature and needs to realise that this kind of war isn’t black and white so he should trust his dad and go with it. I don’t agree, Mikey is the heart and soul of the family so him being shocked and upset by the seriousness of what is going on around him works well for the character. This isn’t the fun days of easily beating up some purse snatchers in the streets anymore and it’s all getting a little to much for the baby of the family and a character progression that I am liking is that he is now speaking up about it. Back before all of this started he would always keep quiet and leave the dissent to Leo or Raph but now he’s standing up for what he believes in. It’s solid storytelling and I’m excited to see where it goes…..hate seeing wee Mikey sad though.
Dave Wachter is on art again and he’s really come into his own with some fantastic stuff in this issue. There’s a few very deliberate action shots of Splinter leading The Foot and looking like an absolute boss. I love his spacial awareness and panel layouts, it looks great during action sequences and there’s no confusion as to what is going on like some artists out there. Ronda Pattison kills it on colours as always and the issue really pops with energy.
Things are heating up and this arc has been really well paced and built up with new and effective art from Wachter. I’d be more than happy for him to fill in whenever my boy Mateus Santolouco whenever he’s taking a break from the series. All in all a high quality issue this month and let’s be honest, what have we come to expect over the last wee while. The team is on fire and long may it continue.