Ninja Turtles #97, IDW

In the aftermath of a pretty great plot twist, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #97 (IDW Publishing) pushes for more surprising turns to keep the momentum flowing. As “City at War” continues to the 100th issue, the TMNT series continues the origin story of a new character to the popular franchise. 

City at War, Part 5. With enemies victorious on all sides and allies in short supply, the TMNT are at their lowest point. Yet as the TMNT start to blame themselves, a greater threat looms ever closer…

Here are 5 reasons why you should get Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #97:

5) What Happened Before!

Karai makes a surprising decision as Splinter questions his leadership within the Foot Clan. Breaking off alliances with everyone, Karai drove her blade straight into Jennika. Wanting payback for Slash’s death, Raphael breaks off with his brothers to join the Mutanimals to attack Null. In order to save Jennika, the Turtles offered their own blood to save her.  

4) The Writing!

From a story by Kevin Eastman and Bobby Curnow, writer Tom Waltz manages to bounce between two interesting subplots about the protagonist and antagonist. Not only is the issue about Karai’s quest for vengeance, the narrative continues Jennika’s origin story. Shawn Lee’s lettering captures the tension-filled atmosphere as Splinter makes a drastic choice to fight back. 

3) The Artwork!

Artis Michael Dialynas captures pulse-pounding suspense as Splinter finds himself in a hostage situation. Dialynas illustrates how tough and scary Splinter can be with just his cane. Karai is a different kind of enemy where Splinter has to become savage. 

2) The Colors!

I love how colorist Ronda Pattison adds the yellow tone in Jennika’s origin story. The reason we see Jennika putting on her yellow bandana comes out of a action sequence. The colors are top-notch in a great wide shot where all the Turtles are fighting the Foot Clan. 

1) A Suspenseful Read!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #97 adds more action to Jennika’s origin story and a shocking cliffhanger to boot. The “City at War” takes a surprising turn as we’re closer than ever to the 100th issue milestone.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #97 arrives in stores on August 23rd, 2019.

By Jorge Solis