Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100

The long-running "City at War" storyline comes to a close with the over-sized Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100 which opens with Kitsune's attempt to bring forth the Dragon into the headless body of the Shredder. There's plenty of action here in an issue that features a giant dragon, small and large battles, the reunion of brothers, and a large number of appearances from various TMNT characters (including Alopex, who makes her stand against Kitsune) before ending on a surprising note with a sacrifice and a return.

I'll freely admit that my interest in the comic waned in recent years, but issue #100 does offer a payoff for those who have stuck around for the full run (and just enough hints for the rest of us to make out the broad strokes of what's happening here).

The sacrifice of Splinter and return of a less-murderous Oroku Saki felt like an echo of Magneto's X-Men from so many years ago. I'm not sure where such a move takes the Turtles moving forward, but it certainly shakes up the status quo (in a way IDW wasn't willing to do in allowing Donatello to stay dead or a robot). Worth a look.

[IDW, $7.99]

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