By Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, Tom Waltz, Mateus Santolouco, Ronda Pattison, Shawn Lee
Agent Bishop has the Mutanimals (minus their leader Old Hob) under lock and key, and its up to the TMNT to protect their mutant brethren.
Old Hob swallows his pride, and asks his former enemies/reluctant allies the TMNT to help rescue his crew. The TMNT are naturally suspicious of Hob, but decide to help out of concern for the Mutanimals. Meanwhile, Agent Bishop interrogates his mutant captives before they stage a jailbreak and slip through his clutches.
As the TMNT finally search the Mutanimals old hideout for clues, Agent Bishop is about to dispatch a mind-controlled Slash to take them out.
After the fallout of the last issue, there’s a lot of anticipation for what comes next. The meat of the story is really about the Mutanimals trying to show Bishop how crazed his fear of mutants is, while he and his scientists plan to destroy the humanity (mutanity?) that makes them sentient beings. There’s little doubt in the book that Bishop is in the wrong, but there’s no doubt in his mind that mutants are a threat to humans and they’re dominance on the planet.
Santolouco kills it on art as usual, despite roughly one action in the book. The storytelling carries through a broken panel structure, but highlights each relevant moment. Whether its the Turtles doing Tai-Chi exercises, or Agent Bishop using Kung Fu on a humanoid manta ray, the eye is carried through easily. Pattison’s colors are on point as usual too, with the first page of meditation going from orange, to purple and then to blue. It’s a subtle shift that conveys why the Turtles are engaging in this activity, and their volatile emotional state after.
Next issue promises to be another action packed chapter for the TMNT as they face an ultra-violent Slash, and three/fifths of the Mutanimals try to stay ahead of the Global Protection Force. An easy win for those who have been following the story thus far.
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