Review – TMNT #84 (IDW Publishing)

TMNT #84
  • Writing - 7/10
  • Art - 7.8/10
  • Overall - 7.4/10


Story: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, & Tom Waltz
Script: Tom Waltz
Artist: Dave Wachter
Colorist: Ronda Pattison
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release: July 25, 2018

The Rat King looks to cause some more chaos in the already crumbling New York City streets, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are the only ones standing in his way!

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“I Smell A Rat” In TMNT #84

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles finally come face to face with the Rat King in TMNT #84. For the past three issues, they have been slowly figuring out his plan and how to stop him. This has led them back to the Toad Baron’s domain and a confrontation with Manmoth last issue. The Rat King is feeding off chaos and he looks to have some fun by throwing kids off bridges! Now the Turtles are the only one standing between him and his goals. How will the Turtles be able to defeat a “god”? They might need some help. Luckily Baxter Stockman and April O’Neil have been cooking up a new system to take care of the NYC rat problem!


TMNT #84 (IDW Publishing) cover A by Dave Wachter
Cover A by Dave Wachter

The writing team of Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz again does an incredible job with continuity in their story in TMNT #84. Obviously, this story arc was set up by the previous story arc of the Triceraton invasion, leaving NYC in ruins. But they use the previous history of this series superbly well to set up and affect things in this issue. (Longtime readers will remember Leonardo and Splinter had a run-in with the Rat King way back in issue #36.) The team does a fantastic job of keeping the continuity consistent throughout this main series, the TMNT Universe series and the other Micro/Macro series. They use the continuity superbly well in telling their stories.

TMNT #84 is the ending to this current story arc featuring the Pantheon. It, again, felt a little static at times; it did have its interesting points but as a whole was not super captivating as a self-contained story. That being said, what it sets up for the future has me very interested. A lot of smaller things happened throughout this arc that will have a lasting effect and the ending has some big changes in store for one character in particular.


TMNT seems to always have a great artist and Dave Wachter has once again been great on this arc. His classic feel fits perfectly well with these Pantheon god storylines. I am not the biggest fan of the way he draws the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themselves—a little too blocky for my taste—but he can draw the Rat King all day every day. 

Part of TMNT #84 takes place in the Astral Plane and Wachter does a wonderful job with those visuals, with a superb futuristic look. Ronda Pattison once again works her magic in TMNT #84. The darker colorations used throughout this issue are fantastic, giving a dreadful look that fits the mood and tone of the Rat King’s dreadful plan. The bright pinks she uses in the Astral Plane work phenomenally well in contrast to the darker color tones used in the real world setting.


TMNT #84 is a solid conclusion to this story arc. It was not the best issue or story arc of TMNT, but not bad either. What is set up through this issue is a lot more interesting than the issue itself. The art, again, looks great except for my personal nitpicks about the Turtles themselves. TMNT continues to be one of the best ongoing series out on the shelves today and I am excited to see what the team is building up to with issue #100 on the horizon.

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