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TMNT #99 (IDW Publishing) cover B (detail) by Kevin Eastman
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TMNT #99

Writers: Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman & Bobby Curnow
Script: Tom Waltz
Artist: Dave Wachter
Colorist: Ronda Pattison
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: October 30, 2019

Everything has changed as City at War reaches its peak! How will the brothers react to the absolute chaos that is happening around them? And will their family survive?

 

No Going Back in TMNT #99

Well, there were certainly some shocking events happening in the TMNT Universe in the last issue. Old Hob launched his ultimate attack at the event celebrating Baxter Stockman winning the vote for Mayor of New York City. He kept his plan secret from the Mutanimals and Raphael, who decided to join them once again. Hob released a bomb that turned all the crowd gathered into mutants! If that wasn’t enough, Agent Bishop and the EPF with their new recruit, Hun, are also present, capturing mutants with their mind-controlled Slash clones. On the other side of the city, Karai has taken over the Foot Clan, locking Splinter underground to rot. But someone else is waiting for Splinter in his dungeon: the Rat King! What could the Pantheon god want now? The rest of the TMNT crew are scrambling with Raph deserting them Leo’s team is spread thin. First they must free Harold and Libby from the clutches of Metalhead and the EPF, then deal with the chaos downtown. TMNT #99 is pure pandemonium and the lives of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will never be the same again!

Writing

TMNT #99 (IDW Publishing) cover A by Dave Wachter
TMNT #99 (IDW Publishing) cover A by Dave Wachter

The writing team (Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman, and Bobby Curnow) is certainly putting in the work with TMNT #99, the penultimate issue to the massive issue #100. This “City at War” story arc has been heating up since starting in issue #93 and it is at its peak with issue #99. The team has done an impressive job of building up this arc over the past six issues. It has had some dips and lulls. But overall, they have kept the momentum going, making TMNT #99 a crazy exciting issue that sets up and compelling closure to this story arc.

The quick recap at the top isn’t even really touching the surface of what is happening and has been happening throughout this story arc. The writing team has done an incredible job of doing some subtle storytelling and letting a crazy amount of characters get equal time on the pages with their own individual arcs throughout. They have also balanced all the different storylines well, and have had them all slowly start to merge together toward the end of this story arc. It has helped build this “City at War” story up to the epic proportions it needed.

TMNT #99 also hints at a connection with Mateus Santolouco’s Shredder in Hell mini-series that wraps up November 27. This may be a slight spoiler, but if you haven’t seen it coming, you haven’t been paying attention. I was interested to see if this would tie into the “City at War” story arc and it looks like it definitely will have a very big impact. I have my own theories, but I will keep them to myself for now.

Art

I have always liked David Wachter‘s work; he always delivers quality, professional artwork. He wasn’t ever my favorite artist to see pop up on IDW’s TMNT line. Which sounds bad when I type it. He is a wonderful artist and he also does some beautiful visuals, all the same. His style, compared to other artists, just wasn’t my personal jam for TMNT. That all being said, Wachter does some absolutely stunning work in TMNT #99. For me, this is his best work on any TMNT issue.

Wachter has to do a ton of character work throughout the issue. This is a little larger issue with tons going on. From the crowd being turned into mutants, Karai’s Foot Clan meeting and so many other characters, Wachter does an incredible job of detailing each and every one. Wachter does a great job with not only the action sequences, but the “talking head” sequences as well. Every character is well detailed and the panels are laid out and structured well to help tell the story. Some really just all-around incredible work by Wachter.

I love Ronda Pattison coloring David Wachter. She always gives his work this chalky, textured-like look to it that jumps off the pages and gives it a wonderful look.

Conclusion

TMNT #99 is a great issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; it does a fantastic job of building up to the milestone of issue #100. The writing team has done a tremendous job of weaving in and out of different characters’ story arcs and having them all intertwined to culminate in this huge event. Nobody gets shortchanged, either; each character gets their own little time in the spotlight. Dave Wachter puts in his best work to date into TMNT #99 with some truly inspiring visuals throughout the issue. Obviously, if you are a TMNT fan you aren’t missing this and it delivers everything you want to get you hyped for issue #100!


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