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“Attack on Technodrome” Part 3! A major battle on Burnow Island unfolds! Will the Turtles be able to help Fugitoid to deactivate the Technodrome before it’s too late? Meanwhile, Splinter and the Mutanimals go up against Karai and the Foot!

24th February 2015 - Reviewer: James Bridcut

Writer: Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman

Art: Cory Smith

Colour: Kevin Eastman, Cory Smith

Published: February 25th 2015

Publisher: IDW Comics

Price: £3.00 ($3.99)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #43

Last year saw the TMNT's celebrate their 30th Anniversary. Co-created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, the first issue of TMNT's burst onto the comic book scene in May 1984 when the fledgling Mirage Studio's (set up by Laird and Eastman the previous September) released the first issue at a comic convention in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In the years that followed their comic book debut, due in a large part to a media assault that saw the

As the Turtles moved into the 90's, the working relationship between Laird and Eastman became increasingly strained with Laird claiming that the pair didn't spend much time together in the 2nd half of the decade. In 2000 Laird and Mirage bought Eastman's stake in the TMNTs as he wished to move onto new projects. However, in 2011 Kevin Eastman returned to the franchise that made his name in a writing capacity - an arrangement that remains today with him co-penning the most recent story arc.

release of various toylines, a successful cartoon series and several movies, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles become one of the most recognisable brands in the world at the zenith of its popularity.

The first two issues set the scene wonderfully for the showdown between the TMNT/Oroku Saki/Mutanimal alliance and everyone's favourite Utrom. There is a great pace to the story and Eastman and Waltz have crafted a fun story that manages to employ nearly every classic character in the Turtles cannon. There are some great sub-plots going on, including one that involves Donatello and the 'small print' of the deal struck between the Turtles and the Foot clan that set’s up the final issue. The book also sees Stockman's own personal, hitherto secret agenda come to the fore which adds another twist and turn to the already, dense and intriguing story. The issue ends of a cliff hanger that nicely lays the foundations for the arc's finale.

This book is the third part of a four issue story arc that see's the Turtles battling Krang as he attempts to use the Technodrome to terraform Earth into new Utrominon. If Krang is successful it will result in the death of ever human on the planet. However, with the help of the Mutanimals and a fragile alliance between our titular heroes and Shredder and his Foot Clan the time is right to attack Krang and put an end to his plans for world domination. However, Donatello harbours a secret that could mean trouble...    

The comic has some lovely colourful artwork by Cory Smith. While it wonderfully brings the iconic characters of the TMNT universe to life i feel that it does lack the uniqueness of the Eastman/Laird artwork of the comic’s formative years. The stark, black and white, artwork of the early years (that stylistically always reminded me in part of the work of Robert Crumb) always made the comic jump out from its peers. That said, the sharp colours burst off the page and the story panels really crackle.

Both the story and artwork sizzle and the frenetic pace and action keep the reader engrossed. While I haven't read as much as I should of the revamped and overhauled TMNT comic since it's 'relaunch' under IDW, what I have read (the first story arc and several of the character one shots) has been thoroughly enjoyable and this recent run continues that trend.

 

Story - 8 / Artwork - 7.8

[Warning this review contains spoiles for issues 41 and 42]