At the end of the last issue, the brothers were found spying on The Pantheons hundred year meeting. The group is obviously not excited about having these mortals intrude upon their party. Chaos ensues as the Turtles try to find an escape route without being captured and or killed by the group of “gods”. The brothers had to trust a former enemy to help infiltrate this other worldly place and now they have to trust this person with getting them back alive! Will they be back-stabbed and left for dead or is “the enemy of my enemy my friend”?
The writing team does a good job again of setting up future events with TMNT #72, but that is its downfall, also. This two issue story arc is all just set up for future events. As in the last issue, I get why this has to be done and I have faith that the team is setting something big up in some future issues with this story line, but in all honesty, it is a slog to get through. Not much really happens and we do not learn much besides that the Pantheon is aware that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are aware of them. It is a good set up, but this story line probably will not have any payoff for quite some time.
As in the last issue, Dave Wachter and Ronda Pattison save TMNT #72 from being totally unbearable. There are a lot of “talking heads” in this issue so there is not much to work with in that department and the team makes it as interesting as possible art wise. I really like Wachter’s designs for the Pantheon “gods” still; we get to see them in a little bit more action in this issue than the last one. Pattison does a great job giving Watcher’s drawing an almost “painted” feel to it. The art is good, but story wise they are just not given too much to do. The issue is definitely pretty to look at so it does have that going for it.
This issue is part 2 of 2 of the “Pantheon Family Reunion” story line and much like the first part is a lot of set up for future events. I feel as if there may have been a better way to get this information across than having a random two part story. The issue is a lot of information dump, too, and while it is necessary story-wise, the way it is done, I feel, was not the best way to do it. The art team is still excellent and makes the issue not totally unbearable to read. Wachter and Pattison do a fantastic job with the Pantheon characters with some truly great designs and characterizations. If you are a TMNT fan you will want to pick this up so you can stay “up to date” on the story line and know what is happening when this plot eventually comes back in the fold or just pick up the Raphael cover by Tom Whalen it is worth the price.
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