IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #41 Review

By January 4, 2015Reviews

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Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Story: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, Tom Waltz
Script: Tom Waltz
Art: Cory Smith
Colors: Ronda Pattison
Letters: Shawn Lee
Editor: Bobby Curnow
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 10, 2014

“Attack on Technodrome, Part one”

It is hard to believe that IDW has released 41 on-going issues of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I remember discovering this new TMNT incarnation at a local comic shop while visiting my brother in Cranberry Twp, PA. I was hooked from issue #1.

A lot has changed since that first issue, however, the great storytelling and artwork has not.

What we know: Krang is planning to terraform the Earth by using the Technodrome, Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Splinter have teamed up with Hob’s mutant army in preparation for an attack on Shredder, while Donatello has contacted Shredder through the voice activation system in Metalhead….this of course was conducted without the knowledge of Master Splinter and Donnie’s brothers.

The issue starts off with the Technodrome being activated. A very anxious Fugitoid can be seen talking with Baxter Stockman about the billions of innocent humans who will be destroyed by the Technodrome and Krang. Stockman doesn’t seem quite as concerned (perhaps it’s in part due to his lack of sleep?). These two are some of my favorite Mirage characters, dating back to the very early Mirage issues, and I am glad that they are playing a large role in the IDW series.

We are then thrown right into Metalhead (Donnie) and Oroku Saki’s conversation. Donnie seems to have thought things through as he has an answer for Oroku Saki’s biggest concern pertaining to the defenses on Burnow Island. Even though Donnie is speaking through Metalhead, this conversation is still pretty intense. I mean we are witnessing two hated enemies discussing a joint effort to take down Krang. Very cool! This could go either way. I could see the two sides working together to take Krang down then turning their attention to one another. I can also, and quite easily, see Shredder stabbing the TMNT in the back.

Issue #41 didn’t really have any real action aside from Mikey, Leo and Raph going through a practice session with Hob’s mutant army. That is OK though because there is still a lot of build up in this issue and it serves as a calm before the storm. The TMNT and Hob’s army training together was pretty great to see! I love that IDW introduced Mondo Gecko and a new Mutanimal Herman the Hermit Crab. Obviously Slash has been with this series for quite some time but it is a treat seeing him side-by-side with the TMNT rather than a foe. It will be great to see even more Mutanimals this February when IDW gives them the spotlight in their own miniseries.

We get a glimpse of Casey and April on a few pages and it is just enough to let us know what they are up to, which in the end, could be very meaningful as they have ideas of contacting Doctor Miller (Secret History of the Foot).

Donnie and Harold are seen testing out a teleportation device, with success, Shredder gives his orders to the foot after word that it is time to attack Burnow Island, Fugitoid and Stockman seem to reach a truse and Krang announces that the Technodrome will go live tomorrow to end Attack on Technodrome, Part One!

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Thank you for reading and be sure to pick up issue #41!

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