[Comic Review] Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44

TMNT 44Script: Tom Waltz
Story: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow & Tom Waltz
Artist: Cory Smith
Colours: Ronda Pattison
Letters: Shawn Lee
Publisher: IDW


The final chapter in the Attack on Technodrome story arch of IDW’s brilliant reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes to an end with #44. The previous issue ended on a cliffhanger with Krang finally activating his terraforming death machine, the Technodrome just as Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Prof. Honneycut had attempted to stop the maniacal general from creating a new home world for his species.

The baulk of this issue remains focused on the battle for control of the Technodrome, that is being fought by the Shredders Foot Clan and Krangs stone army, whilst on back at Foot HQ, Splinter continues his assault against Karai and the remaining Foot Soldiers with the help of Hob, who has left Splinter to finish the job himself.

Whilst there is a lot going on in this issue, it remains a spectacular finish to this story arch, as well as finally putting an end to Krang’s villainous schemes. Most of the events that occur during this issue are all helping to set up the next and possibly final story arch in the rebooted series that is the build up to #50 which is being talked about as being THE issue that will rock the TMNT universe.


Series writer, Tom Waltz who has been closely working with TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and editor Bobby Curnow from #1 onwards continues to create a wonderful and dynamic script that is very humble to the turtles origins. The artwork by Cory Smith remains fantastic, although still has the feel of previous artist, Mateus Santolouco (The Secret History of the Foot Clan) but he still manages to add his own mark on the art.

The real turning point for this issue was the decision to kill off one of the turtles, and by now many readers will know which turtle I’m talking about as it was teased on the internet just before the issue hit the shelves. I’ll admit it was a bold decision to kill Donatello, but to be honest it is quite refreshing to see a main character in this series get killed off, as the only characters to have been killed throughout the series have been supporting characters. I say that this is refreshing because it adds a genuine threat level to the series and firmly states that no one is safe and will leave you thinking who will survive the final showdown with the Shredder. The closest that any of the main characters have come to real danger was when Shredder stabbed Casey Jones back in #22 during the City Fall story arch.

Regardless #44 is a great read and an even great end to the Attack on Technodrome story arch as well as the end of Krang’s villainous schemes.


Review written by Christopher Innis

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