Review – TMNT #90 (IDW Publishing)

TMNT #90 (IDW Publishing) cover B (detail) by Kevin Eastman
TMNT #90
  • Writing - 8/10
  • Art - 8.8/10
  • Overall - 8.5/10
User Review
5 (1 vote)


Story: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, Tom Waltz
Script: Tom Waltz
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Colorist: Ronda Pattison
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: IDW Publishing 
Release Date: January 23, 2019

Slash sacrificed himself to save his friends. As the team mourns their loss, Agent Bishop makes a new friend!

“Bury Your Dead” TMNT #90

In TMNT #90 The TMNT and the Mutanimals are mourning the loss of Slash. In issues #86, #87 and #88 Agent Bishop and the Earth Protection Force led an all-out assault on Burnow Island in an attempt to rid the planet of the Utroms and Triceratons. Not only did we learn Agent Bishop’s secrets, mainly his dad did weird experiments on him that left him with a baby’s body and giant head.

Bishop’s plan did not go as he wanted, as the Utrom/Triceratons were able to hold them off while the Mutanimals and TMNT brothers took the fight to Bishop. Not to be put down, Bishop had a backup plan; he planted a nuclear bomb inside of Slash. The team was able to rid their friend of his mind control, but too late to deactivate the bomb. Slash flew off in a plane to safely detonate, saving everyone.


TMNT #90 (IDW Publishing) cover A by Michael Dialynas
Cover A by Michael Dialynas

There is a lot going on in TMNT #90. The writing team is doing a lot of setup and “legwork” building up to issue #100. Agent Bishop is still plotting and he makes a new ally in this issue that is going to be trouble for the gang. Old Hob is at his wit’s end and the Mutanimals may not be counted as allies to the Turtles after Slash’s demise. Though their relationship has gotten better, the Turtles are not still 100% on the same foot with their father leading the Foot Clan.

Utrom leader Ch’rell may turn out to be another Krang. Casey Jones is leading the Purple Dragons; oh, and let us not forget April O’Neil is still spying on Baxter Stockman, who is running for mayor of NYC!

It is pretty crazy how the writing team has kept all of these storylines going together and slowly building up. You can definitely feel the tension rising in TMNT #90. The writing team does an incredible job of making the reader feel everything slowly start to reach a boiling point. Yet, with all this going on, the story still feels very singular and focused. The focus is still on family and the brothers sticking together through all of this craziness they are going through. 


Michael Dialynas continues art duties in TMNT #90. I talked about it in my review for the Mikey Macro issue but I love the extra sleeves and pads he puts on the Turtles’ arms and legs. It is a small design addition that just looks great. The Turtles do spend a lot of this issue with their masks off, and it is odd. More in the sense of I guess we are not used to seeing them like this. I know they can’t wear the masks all the time, but 90% of the time we see them with masks on. Dialynas does do some good cartooning work on their faces, showing all of the emotion happening in this issue, but it does take some getting used to. 

The main thing I like about Dialynas being a regular artist is getting to see him draw other TMNT characters. Luckily, we get a lot of that in TMNT #90. We have tons of different characters from the series pop up and Dialynas again does a delightful job on all of them. He has a great eye for detail and structure. I do hope we get to see Dialynas draw Casey Jones with his mask on at some point; I need to see that!

Ronda Pattison once again does a phenomenal job on colors. I love Old Hob in that white suit; it just pops off the pages. It is hard to talk about some of the art in TMNT #90 without spoiling things that happen or characters that show up. There are some great scenes throughout the issue and Pattison and Dialynas make a great team.


The tension in the air in TMNT #90 is palpable. You can feel everything starting to build up to the “City at War” story arc. There are a lot of crazy things being set up in TMNT #90. It has me very excited to see where the creative team is taking us to issue #100 and beyond. With some great story points and wonderful art, obviously, TMNT fans are not going to want to miss this issue!

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