COMIC REVIEW: TMNT #99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #99
Story by Bobby Curnow, Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman
Art by Dave Wachter and Ronda Pattinson
Published by IDW
Released October 30th, 2019
City at War, Part 7!
The penultimate chapter of “City at War”! New York City descends into chaos after the unthinkable events of the last issue! Bishop is relentless in his pursuit, and a final showdown between Donatello and Metalhead will prove explosive!
We’re just one issue away from a true landmark in Ninja Turtle fandom: IDW’s TMNT hitting issue 100! But before we get there, what currently entails our heroes in a halfshell? With issue 98 we were left with a doozy of a cliffhanger involving Master Splinter. So let’s take a quick look into issue 99 that hit shelves today as we crack open another chapter of the epic City at War story arc!
When I mention “epic” I definitely mean it for issue 99. We’re thrusted back into “City At War” and everything is coming together for the already long awaited issue 100. Master Splinter and Rat King have a meeting of the minds, Karai furthers her plan for domination, Bebop and Rocksteady are back in the game, Metalhead and Donatello battle over portals, and Kitsune is about to turn the city on it’s friggen head. The team of Curnow, Waltz, and Eastman deliver a usual brisk and fast paced issue. #99 is very dialogue heavy with brief spurts of action. But there is definitely a feeling of dread throughout the issue as we’re hit with a final page that seems worthy of following up in #100.
The artwork of Wacther and Pattinson is serviceable. The coloring is basic but what may lack in artistic style is elevated by layout and solid writing. We’ve come a very far way with IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. It’s always been a title I look forward to every month. And it’s always been treated with dignity and respect for past lore as well as adding enough great new and alternative takes. Issue 99 is no different as we have embraced and new lore on our heroes in a half shell, yet issue 100 won’t forget what made TMNT a classic staple of pop culture in the first place.
I truly am looking forward to issue 100 from not only a story standpoint, but also as a longtime comic read and lifelong TMNT fan. Issue 99 is a must read for anyone who follows the turtles adventures through the years. As it also seems like the possible payoff in 100 will be all the sweeter. It’s times like this that makes me say, “I love bein’ a tuuuurtleee!”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #99 is now available wherever comics are sold!