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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #22 - City Fall Part One Review

5

'City Fall' begins here and you won't want to miss it. This is the time to jump on if you've been contemplating checking out the book!

The Good

I've been unrealistically excited for 'City Fall' and it's mainly due to the fact they did a beyond brilliant job reinventing Shredder with the recent limited-series TMNT: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE FOOT CLAN. Now the they're putting this awesome villain front and center and to top it off, they've teased some huge changes in this event (Dark Leo!). Well, I'm thrilled to say the story generated by Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman and Bobby Curnow has surpassed my ridiculous expectations and is off to one helluva good start.

The premise so far is super simple yet still engrossing and it's all because it's more than transparent we're only seeing the initial waves of a way bigger picture. It's almost as if you can feel the pressure of everything that's about to hit the team, and while that certainly sucks for them, it's oh-so-fun for us. This is clearly intended as a jumping on point, but the creative team has managed to only provide the bare basics when it comes to exposition, so I never found myself feeling bogged down when the essentials were repeated to me. If anything, it just built my anticipation for what's to come. There's just enough to introduce you to the key players and why they're important, and then we're rushed ahead at full speed and treated to plenty of great looking action and a real jaw-dropper.

This issue introduces Mateus Santolouco as the ongoing title's new artist and I've sang his praise plenty of times when I reviewed TMNT: SECRET HISTORY OF THE FOOT CLAN. The dude has a really fun and lively style which feels like a perfect fit for the new take on the franchise. He does an excellent job conveying each Turtles' unique personality, too. For example, Mikey always looks adorably innocent, even when he's smacking a Foot Ninja in the face. And his Raphael... oh man, there's some seriously badass panels of him in this one. Additionally Santolouco has a tight grip on combat and really nails it when it comes to the motion behind each and every attack. He's an awesome fit for the book and gives me confidence this story is going to look consistently solid.

The Bad

Alright, looks like I need to dive into spoiler territory for this one. I obviously don't want Casey to die, but talking about his status really takes away the enormous amount of shock I should be feeling. That moment when Shredder stabs him? Brilliant and it left me speechless. But having everyone then say how he still has time to live if he reaches a hospital really reduces the impact for me. Maybe I'll eat my words and he won't make it, but right now I feel like the moment isn't as strong as it could be because they're implying he'll make it if they rush... and as of right now it seems clear that's what they're going to do, even if it means abandoning Leo.

The Verdict

This is IDW's first big Turtles event and I'm so pleased to say the publisher is off to a terrific start. This is an absolutely superb way to kick things off because it's crafted in a manner that's perfect for new readers and for fans who have been following along since the very first issue. So, if you're one of the people who has been saying, "I want to read this but I don't know where to start or how to get the back issues," do yourself a favor and pick up this issue. Worry about catching up when you have time later, but for right now, you definitely don't want to be left in the dust. As of right now, this has all the makings of a must read story. IDW, thank you for continuing to make me fall in love with my favorite childhood franchise. You can't hear it from over there, but I'm giving you the best slow clap I can give.

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Edited by Mucklefluga

I wanna say something but i cant use spoiler tags on my phone aaarrgghh! Great review by the way.

Edited by ccraft

I think I'm going to take advantage of the Dynamite sale before it ends, I'll get this issue after the 30th, so excited for this!

Glad it got 5 stars!

Edited by Arkhamc1tizen

looking forward to getting this!

Casey holy sh@t

Edited by flazam

I cant Believe Casey dies??!!!

Edited by The Stegman

Seriously man, you gotta stop reviewing these...you make it sound so great and I'm so far behind! ( just finished the third TPB) !! >.<

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Posted by k4tzm4n

@flazam said:

I cant Believe Casey dies??!!!

He's dying, not dead.

@ccraft said:

I think I'm going to take advantage of the Dynamite sale before it ends, I'll get this issue after the 30th, so excited for this!

Glad it got 5 stars!

Don't hesitate, man! You may bump into spoilers before then!

Posted by Trodorne

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

Posted by k4tzm4n

Seriously man, you gotta stop reviewing these...you make it sound so great and I'm so far behind! ( just finished the third TPB) !! >.<

As I say in the review, you can enjoy this issue without being current ;)

Edited by spinningbirdcake

Raph was great in this issue. I liked the slight change in art as well.

Edited by ivolution2k1

this issue was amazing and the art is just fantastic

Posted by Dark_Guyver

The art was amazing in this issue!! Mateus really knows how to draw the turtles to make them look like individuals, and not just four turtles with different colored headbands. Hopefully he stays on this series for a long time. The story was good too. Already looking forward to the next issue!

Edited by k4tzm4n

Happy to see everyone else is also in love with this issue so far.

Posted by Owie

I got pulled in by the last issue and enjoyed this too. I think I'm in for a while. So April seems pretty different from other incarnations, huh?

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Edited by Tacos_Kickass

They should have ended the issue without mentioning that Casey was still alive so it gives you a month to feel the impact of believing he is.

Was an awesome issue.

Edited by danhimself

holy crap City Fall is going to be amazing

they should have ended the issue with Casey being stabbed...lots more impact that way

Posted by TheFirstLantern

I want to read this so bad but want to catch up on the whole series. >,<

Posted by k4tzm4n

I want to read this so bad but want to catch up on the whole series. >,<

Pick it up and worry about playing catch up later!

Posted by Deranged Midget

STAHP! STAHP THE MADNESS! As if I already didn't have enough on my plate, TMNT kicks it completely out of the park with the opening of City Fall. The art is absolutely gorgeous and keeps you engrossed in the story and the writing constantly portrays the Turtles and the rest of the gang just as you always imagined. This is honestly one of the best and most underrated titles around. I am disappointed in anyone who isn't currently reading this and calling themselves as a "TMNT fan".

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Posted by greenlucario

Five stars all the way! The only bad thing is having to wait a month for the next issue!

Posted by TheFirstLantern

@k4tzm4n: haha alright! Getting it this week