IDW Publishing 2020
Story by Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird & Tom Waltz
Written by Tom Waltz & Kevin Eastman
Layouts by Kevin Eastman
Illustrated by Esau & Isaac Escorza
Page 39 Illustrated by Ben Bishop
Coloured Luis Antonio Delgado
Colour Assists by Samuel Plata
Lettered by Shawn Lee
In a future NYC far different from the one we know today, a lone surviving Turtle goes on a seemingly hopeless mission to obtain justice for his fallen family and friends. Kinetic layouts from Eastman, moody inks and a thrilling script full of surprises from longtime TMNT scribe Tom Waltz all combine to make this one of the most memorable TMNT stories you will ever read! This is a perennial TMNT tale that can't be missed!
I would describe myself as a casual fan of the Turtles. All the crossovers they’ve been a part of have been outstanding feats of storytelling. So when there’s going to be an “Event” that draws its original creators into helping bring it to life well that’s something you’d better believe we all want to be a part of. So I came into this with a completely open mind and by the last page this had me hook, line and sinker involved in the story. I mean I know enough so that I can follow along but it isn’t until the cliffhanger ending, which well I can’t give that away. Still I was captured from the get-go and I didn’t want this to end. Though I know it’s an event and I know it’s popular but there are way too many covers with this.
The way that this is being told is nothing short of brilliant. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented beautifully. The way that we see this and how we’re introduced to the story is done in such a way that it captures the readers’ mind, imagination and leaves the desire and possibly need to know more. The character development is mindbogglingly good as we are taken on this journey through our hero as he treks forward and it’s utterly amazing how well the reader melds with him. The pacing is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing the story and the way the world is we get this amazing journey.
With how this book is structured and the layers within the story it just sweeps you up into this in ways you couldn’t imagine. The way we see how everything works together and creates the story’s ebb & flow is sensational.
The interiors here are amazing. The linework is incredible and how we see the varying weights and various techniques being utilised throughout create some really beautiful detail work. Plus the style of work we see and how it is able to bring us this emotional punch in the face just blows me away. The way that we see the backgrounds incorporated into the book make the city another character and it’s just so beautifully done. Plus how we see the depth perception, the sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the story is impeccably done. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a remarkably talented eye for storytelling. The colour work is utterly amazing to see. The darkness that permeates outside the city and the bright lights of the city itself change the mood, tone and feel of what we see. How we see the various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work is exceptionally well rendered.
Doesn’t matter if you are a fan of these Turtles or not, you NEED to read this book as the storytelling we see is so damn amazing that it showcases what’s possible when creators make you feel with such intensity what’s going on.