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Review – TMNT #91 (IDW Publishing)

TMNT #91
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  • Art - 9/10
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Summary

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: February 13, 2019

Karai wants to take back the Foot Clan. Leo thinks it is a good idea, but will everybody else agree before it becomes violent?

 

“Power Struggle” TMNT #91

The previous issue of IDW’s ongoing TMNT series had some dramatic things happening. The Brothers and Mutanimals mourned the loss of Slash. Old Hob was as angry as ever and ready to go on the offensive against those who oppose mutants. April continued her spying on Baxter Stockman and his bid for mayor, while Casey and Jenny headed out on a date. Metalhead busted into the EPF’s headquarters to strike up and alliance with Agent Bishop. If that wasn’t shocking enough, Karai and her gang showed up at the Foot Clan headquarters. Now everything is coming to a head in TMNT #91 as Karai wants back control of the Foot Clan!

Writing

TMNT #91 (IDW Publishing) cover A by Michael Dialynas
Cover A by Michael Dialynas

Woo, man, TMNT #91 has some good writing in it. Eastman, Waltz, and Curnow have done a spectacular job of weaving in past continuity with this ongoing story and bringing it all to a head in this issue. We have a lot of stuff that has been building up over a long period of time finally coming to a head, like Karai wielding the “Kira No Ken” sword which she retrieved in the TMNT Universe storyline “Karai’s Path” issues #11-15. There is another interesting twist with Karai wanting to take back over the Foot Clan that I won’t spoil, but it adds a new angle to the whole situation.

TMNT #91 feels like one of those issues where a lot happens but not a lot happens, in that the story does not take place more than what feels like a few hours in the timeline of things, but, man, a lot is told in story progression. There is also some delightful dialogue in the issue as well. There is a wonderful “Easter egg” for hardcore TMNT fans concerning their original comic-book origins that put a smile on my face.

TMNT #91 has me very excited to see what happens from here on out. Obviously, we are on the road to issue #100 and I have no clue what the team has in store for us. There are a lot of separate story points that are starting to converge and when they all come together is going to be a very “explosive” convergence.

Art

Michael Dialynas, once again, is just a delight to have on art. He gets to show off a lot of great facial cartooning in TMNT #91. I love the utterly creepy look he gives to the giant mole creature, Ocho. The devilish look he gives to its face is fantastic. I love the way he animates Splinter’s face as well. He gets tons of great expressions off of little changes in his face.

Dialynas does a great job of structuring TMNT #91. There is not a lot in terms of physical action in the issue, but it is never boring or dull. Dialynas lays out the panels and pages well to keep the story flowing. It is nice pacing for the story, with so many words that Dialynas gives adequate space for different word balloons, so the pages are not overtaken with a wall of text. Ronda Pattison continues to be an incredible colorist. I love the little brighter spin she seems to have given this issue.

Conclusion

TMNT #91 brings a lot of things in the TMNT universe to a head and also sets a lot more things in motion. The story just flows seamlessly together and the creative team is firing on all cylinders for this issue. This just has me completely and utterly excited to see what comes next! It is one of those issues that makes you wish next month would hurry up and get here.


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Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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