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Review – TMNT #100 (IDW Publishing)

TMNT #100 (IDW Publishing) cover B (detail) by Kevin Eastman
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TMNT #100

Story: Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow
Script: Tom Waltz
Artist: Dave Wachter & Michael Dialynas
Additional Art: Mateus Santolouco, Adam Gorham, Dan Duncan, and Cory Smith
Colorist: Ronda Pattison
Additional Colors: Bill Crabtree
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: December 11, 2019

City at War comes to its dramatic ending as Kitsune makes her final play to resurrect her father, the dragon god, and bring about the apocalypse.

 

City at War Ends with TMNT #100

It is finally here: the fabled TMNT #100! “City at War” has hit its peak and it is now or never for the TMNT crew. Kitsune has made her play and her long-term plans have finally come to fruition. Now she attempts to raise her father, the dragon god, back to life. As the team battles Agent Bishop and the EPF and battle off Karai’s thugs, they must come together to stop the apocalypse. Can the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stop the dragon god? And what sacrifices will be made?

Writing

TMNT #100 (IDW Publishing) cover A by Dave Wachter
TMNT #100 (IDW Publishing) cover A by Dave Wachter

Well, the long-game set-up of IDW’s TMNT writing team (Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman) finally comes full circle in TMNT #100. It is crazy if you have been following along for these past 100 issues. Well, way more, when you count all the other mini-series and such. If you haven’t (and you should), you definitely want to read all five issues of TMNT: Shredder in Hell before diving into TMNT #100 as it plays a huge role in what happens.

For the story itself, it feels as epic and high-stakes as it should be, but I also can’t help but feel a little bit let down. It didn’t quite hit the emotional notes for me that I feel like it should have. I am not going to spoil the ending, which is really fantastic and something crazy in its own right to talk about, but it didn’t hit the heartwarming, passionate feeling I was expecting.

Not to take away anything from it. TMNT #100 it just did not evoke that emotional response from me. Maybe it was the pacing or framing, or that too much was just going on? Or maybe because I was reading a preview digital copy? I don’t really know. I liked everything about the issue and story; that ending is fantastic and raises all kinds of good questions. It just didn’t land as perfectly as I wanted it to.

Art

TMNT #100 boast the talents of Dave Wachter and Michael Dialynas for the main art with a murderers row of additional artist in Dan Duncan, Mateus Santolouco, Cory Smith, and Adam Gorham. Plus colors by the great Ronda Pattison with additional colors by Bill Crabtree. You can look at any of my previous reviews and see how much I like these individual artists. I didn’t really like the switching in between them for TMNT #100.

Maybe that is part of what took me out of the story. That the art just switched up in styles, and it kind of threw me off a little. It is not that any of it is bad; far from it. Each artist does some tremendous work in this issue. It is packed with wonderful detail, some delightful panels and is as kinetic and energetic as you would hope for. But it just feels a little “off” with the switches. It just kind of messes up the flow of the story a bit for me. As a visual storytelling aspect, I want the visuals to enhance the story and not take me out of the story happening in front of me.

Conclusion

I feel like my review for TMNT #100 sounds very negative, which I hate. I don’t know what it was, but it just didn’t quite hit the level I was hoping. Maybe I hyped it up too much in my head? I did write this huge article about it and was reading a ton about the issue before it came out. It could be one of those things that I hyped up so much in my head that it was never going to reach those expectations? Maybe when I go back and read it when I pick up my physical copy I will have a different reaction?

Again, it is not that anything is bad about TMNT #100. The writing is really good and it is incredible that the writing team has been planting these seeds and letting them grow for this long. The art is great as well; it just doesn’t all flow together. It still scores high with an 8/10 but I was really wanting a 10/10 for this issue.

TMNT #100 also has me very excited to see what comes next. There is a shocking ending and a nice tease of the next big storyline, so there is still a ton to look forward to in IDW’s TMNT going forward.


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