There is really only one way to sum up this issue: welcome back Turtles! This issue kicks butt and this is the reason why I love the Turtles. It has everything that makes TMNT awesome: villains, butt kicking and Raphel's snarky attitude. Hob has Splinter hostage back at Stockman labs and is getting ready to do some testing on him. Before that all goes down Stockman arrives with General Krang. Back in the sewer the Turtles are formulating a plan to rescue Splinter. When April wakes up she realizes she is the key to get into the lab due to her being an intern and is trying to get her head around what's going on. She was the one who rescued the Turtles back when the foot clan broke into the lab. This all happens before the real action starts as the boys break into the lab the guards and opposition gets harder. The last opponent the Turtles come against is a giant mouser which Casey and Raph take out in classic TMNT fashion.
This story arc has been a little trying at times, but finally we got to the best part of the story. There was a lot of action and reason why I fell in love with the turtles. The one thing missing is Mikey's interaction. There really isn’t any other than two lines of dialog. The story did play the other turtles characteristic out like Leo’s leadership, Don’s tech genius and Raphael’s hard head and spirit. This one part is what has been missing through this story arc I personally was missing seeing the four turtles work together to kick butt.
The art is working back to the first issues and its gritty style. The action just flows and jumps off the page. The one panel that makes this book a buy is the last page, trust me it's good.
This issue is the best of this story arc and just felt like the old turtles again. I call this one a must read and worth picking up even if you haven’t read previous issues. The one disappointment here is the involvement of Mikey which was little to none.
Writer: Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz Artist: Dan Duncan Publisher: IDW publishing Price: $3.99 Release: 4/25/12