Issue #21's the start of an all-new adventure (oh yes, it's time for 'City Fall') and it definitely feels like they wanted to kick things off with a very nice dose of total fan service. The combination of Kevin Eastman's classic visuals, the team's drive and sense of family, and the "give me more" conclusion without question makes this a must own for any fan of the Turtles.
Sure, this issue's pretty much just one lengthy fight, but the lack of plot progress (until the end, that is) doesn't matter that much when the filler fight's a blast. Not only is a good time, but it also delivers what we love about the Turtles: their sense of comradery (even if Raph's still a hothead). It's more than clear they're outclassed, but that won't deter them. They're not quitters and they'd rather die than put their father at risk. It's just one of the many reasons why I love them and it's always nice to see that motivation go into overdrive.
Then there's Kevin Eastman's signature style. The visuals here make it seem like you're reading a rather awesome issue from the original Mirage series, dishing out an amazing sense of nostalgia. No disrespect at all to the other artists on the title, but when it comes to the Turtles, Eastman is king. The characters look great as the battle takes a toll on their shells and skin, the action is super fun as it spills into several panels, and the environment is absolutely unique and simply feels like the definitive look for the franchise.
It's not the biggest deal around, but it's safe to say you're going to guess the twist before its big reveal (anatomy, y'all). Additionally, the ending here may leave you in the dark if you haven't read TMNT: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE FOOT CLAN. And if you haven't read it, shame on you. It's phenomenal, so jump on that as soon as possible.
With one good story after another, let it never be said that IDW isn't taking full advantage of this franchise. Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman continue to do brilliant work with the iconic characters, paying tons of respect to the original material while incorporating big changes which make the series feel fresh. While this issue only does the bare basics to introduce 'City Fall,' it makes up for a lackluster plot with a crazy fun and lengthy fight sequence and Eastman's fantastic visuals. The twist won't drop your jaws, but you're sure to be hugely entertained as the Turtles struggle to defy the odds. This issue deserves to be in your collection, fellow TMNT fans.