Review – TMNT #95 (IDW Publishing)

TMNT #95
  • Writing - 8/10
  • Art - 8.5/10
  • Overall - 8.3/10
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Writer: 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 Date: July 3, 2019

Raph joins the Mutanimals, Jenny hangs onto life by a thread, Karai and her goons are on the move. Now Metalhead with Agent Bishop and the EPF make their move on the Turtles in Part 3 of City at War.


“No Sleep Till Brooklyn” TMNT #95

There is no rest for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and crew in TMNT #95. Not only do they having to deal with Karai and her goons attacking and attempting to take over the Foot Clan, but also, Jenny is barely hanging on to life at Harold’s lab. After a meet-up with the Mutanimals to acquire Lindsey’s help Raph has abounded his friends and brothers to help the Mutanimals attack Null. You wouldn’t think things could get much worse, until Metalhead comes back home! Agent Bishop leads an attack on Harold’s lab that leaves the crew scrambling to save Jenny and themselves!


TMNT ongoing #95 ( IDW Publishing) cover art by Kevin Eastman
TMNT #95 (IDW Publishing) cover art by Kevin Eastman

Part 3 of “City at War” really ups the ante from a story standpoint. There is a lot going on in this storyline and the writing team is doing an incredible job of balancing and pacing it all. They are doing a great job of not only building up tension on ongoing storylines but also introducing new and interesting plot twists along the way. I won’t spoil anything but something very interesting happens with Baxter Stockman and his bid for Mayor of NYC. It adds a new and interesting little twist to this already intense “City at War” storyline that continues in TMNT #95.

One massive, absolutely-nuts thing happens in the issue that I am obviously not going to spoil. It is definitely a huge gamechanger. It is something that is going to have massive implications going forward in IDW’s TMNT series. I am not sure exactly how I feel about it, but the writing team has been doing great so far, so I am sure they will do some interesting things with it.

TMNT #95 does a lot of things well for building up this huge storyline. It adds new and interesting dynamics to the teams; it introduces new threats and some mysterious new plot lines. Our characters are not only at odds with enemies but also with each other. I love seeing how the writing team juggles different storylines and then brings them together. They do a superb job of keeping the reader invested in these characters and story.


Dave Wachter, again, is doing some terrific art in TMNT #95. I touched on it a little in my review for TMNT #94, but I love how Wachter draws Metalhead. He gets to showcase the giant metal turtle in this issue and it is great. Just the way he captures its square, hard-angled body is just perfect. He makes Metalhead look and feels like the cold calculating killing machine that it has turned into. I think a lot of it has to do with Wachter’s darker shading he gives to characters. It works extremely well on this Metalhead design.

Wachter also does some fantastic paneling work. On one page in particular which I can’t completely describe without spoiling some of the issue, he does some wonderful sequential work. It is a battle between Donatello and Metalhead. The way he structures the panels with the fight and a big thing that happens looks fantastic visually. It flows well with the eyes and the story being told on that page. It is some very well done, dynamic work from Wachter and the stand-out page of the issue.

Again, just mentioning Ronda Pattison as one of the best colorists around. I talk about her all the time and what great work she does. I always love when she colors Dave Wachter’s stuff. She gives it such a great almost “chalky” look to it and really brings out some fantastic little details throughout the issue.


TMNT #95 is another great entry into this series. I was a little bit worried about them drawing out this “City at War” buildup to issue #100 too much, but they have been doing a fantastic job so far, slow-burning the storyline while still adding some very interesting mystery and character dynamics along the way. I also continue to love the little history of TMNT at IDW with the creators in the back-up replacing the letters page. They go through year three, the year 2013-2014, which involves the Northhampton storyline and some of my favorite mini-series. It is great to read the creators’ thoughts on those and what they tried to bring out story- and art-wise.  


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