Yet another month of me telling you how awesome this book is. If you like awesome comics, you'll like this book, and you do not need to be a TMNT fan per se.
First thing is first, I love the new Shredder design. He's incredibly intimidating and powerful, the way Shredder should be. He doesn't say much, but he doesn't have to. This is really the first time we see the character as a leader. He works extremely well on the page.
While the Turtles, April, and Casey settle into some new digs, Splinter fights for his life. We learn how deep Splinter's convictions run and just how tough of a fighter he is. There's a fantastic fight scene earlier in the issue where we get to see the thought process as Splinter fights one of Shredder's men. This scene works out incredibly well and the mixture of internal monologue and action are perfect. Writer Tom Waltz is fantastic throughout the whole issue, but especially during this fight scene.
Although it was established much earlier on in the series, I really enjoy the relationship between Casey and Raphael. We get a bit more of that, as the guys head into April's parent's store, which has been closed for years.
As always, Dan Duncan's art and Ronda Pattison's colors truly stand out and make this an amazing book, especially during the fight scenes mentioned earlier.
It's a bit slow at parts, like the scenes with April and the Turtles heading to her parent's old store but that's about it. Why would her parents keep paying for electricity and water on a place they don't use anymore?
This book continues to be a 5 out of 5 for me, and if you're not reading it, you get a 0 out of 5 for missing out on an amazing comic series. This book is not the TMNT you remember. It's better. This issue contains some amazing art and some great fight scenes between Splinter and one of Shredder's men. The Shredder redesign is great and he finally feels like a leader of a clan, and a man not to be messed with.
Overall, this is a fantastic series, and I really enjoyed this issue. Just go out and get it already.