Comic Vine Review

Comments

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #23 - City Fall Part Two Review

4

Part one of 'City Fall' left us with some major developments and now it's time to see what happens next!

*This review contains spoilers for TMNT #22*

The Good

'City Fall's' premise has been on my mind for quite some time now. IDW has been promoting how Leonardo will be standing by Shredder's side in this event. Since learning that, I'm sure I haven't been the only one wondering how and why that happens. Could it be Leo has been brainwashed? Is Shredder blackmailing him? Or is the blue masked Turtle possibly faking the allegiance for the time being? This issue finally answers that key question, and while I refuse to spoil it, I will say they've handled it quite well and the result is thoroughly entertaining and packed with potential. Additionally, I love how the talent juggled this plot point with Casey's development -- it's creatively presented with side by side panels and corresponding dialogue.

Mateus Santolouco once again provides absolutely stellar artwork. The man does a tremendous job giving each character their own particular attributes and simply nails it with all of them. From Mikey's lovable look to Raph's rage filled expressions, they all bring a blatantly distinct look to the table. No longer are different colored masks or different weapons required to easily tell who's who.

Yes, Santolouco's work is a real treat, but what's really impressive and certainly unexpected is seeing the return of various artists from the series. Each one lends their talents for a page or two in a sequence of super trippy and engrossing events. The constant switch between artists doesn't come off at jarring at all. Instead, each adds their own unique style to the standout moments and it successfully keeps the reading experience legitimately exciting. Some of the moments are seriously cool, especially if you've been following along since the first issue.

The Bad

I understand it needs to be done for some characters, but this issue was a little heavy on exposition at times. Also, Casey's fate is still up in the air and I feel like this is the third or fourth time I've heard something along the lines of "He's lost a lot of blood. We're not sure if he'll make it!" On one hand, I'm happy to see there's some degree of tension regarding the character... but on the other hand, it feels like we're being hit by the same remarks a bit too frequently.

The Verdict

Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman and everyone else clearly know what they're doing when it comes to TMNT's first big event and they're doing it masterfully. The first chapter lured us in with gorgeous visuals, fun action and a jaw-dropping cliffhanger. Now, the second chapter slows things down a tad to focus on moving all of the key pieces into place and once again delivers some great visuals as multiple TMNT artists provide some awesome pages. The momentum is quickly building up and by the time I finished the final page, I was insanely anxious to read the next issue. Despite being only two chapters in, I can say with full confidence that 'City Fall' is a must read for any TMNT fan.

28 Comments
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

*waits for the 42 users that commented in the film thread to comment here*

Posted by Wolverine08

@jonny_anonymous:

LOL! Not enough TMNT "fans" are getting this is. It is awesome.

Edited by G_Money_Christmas

Only 4/5???? k4tzm4n, how could you? I didn't read the review. I never read the TMNT review until I read the book.

Edited by k4tzm4n

@g_money_christmas said:

Only 4/5???? k4tzm4n, how could you? I didn't read the review. I never read the TMNT review until I read the book.

Only 4/5?!?!?!? That's still an awesome score! Anyway, we'll chat when you read the issue :P

Staff
Posted by G_Money_Christmas

@k4tzm4n: I accept nothing less than a 5/5 for TMNT

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

Just another 40 odd to go.... >_>

Posted by ZimmyG

@wolverine08: I'm 1 less TMNT fan not getting this. I picked up issue 22 and I am completely sold.

Edited by k4tzm4n

@zimmyg said:

@wolverine08: I'm 1 less TMNT fan not getting this. I picked up issue 22 and I am completely sold.

Welcome to team TMNT :D

Staff
Edited by Nahuel

Mateus Santolouco was born to draw the turtles! I hope he sticks to the book for a long time, not just for this arc... And the story is amazing! Can't wait to read this issue! The 4 stars rating makes more eager to read it! But still i can't believe Leo is joining the dark side... X3

Nice review

Edited by k4tzm4n
Staff
Edited by Wolverine08

@zimmyg:

Good job man! You should try get trades for the other 21 issues. They have all been beastly!

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@nahuel said:

Mateus Santolouco was born to draw the turtles! I hope he sticks to the book for a long time, not just for this arc... And the story is amazing! Can't wait to read this issue! The 4 stars rating makes more eager to read it! But still i can't believe Leo is joining the dark side... X3

Nice review

I agree, I love his version of the TMNT

Edited by SHAZAM2017

I usually get TMNT in trade but is this story arc a good jumping on point?

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
Posted by k4tzm4n

I usually get TMNT in trade but is this story arc a good jumping on point?

This issue? It can serve as one, but I strongly recommend picking up #22 and reading that first.

Staff
Posted by sinsear912

I gave this series a try, its OK but I've read better

Posted by RedhoodFlashLantern

so looking forward to this issue such a fan of Mateus Santolouco's Artwork. If your not reading this series Start now please i beg you lol. Anyways cant wait to read it, Thanks for the review KATZ.

Edited by SHAZAM2017
Edited by Michael_Moran

This possible the best thing in current press right now

Edited by Dark_Guyver

@michael_moran: Heck ya it is!

I just can't get enough of this series!!

Posted by ccraft

Great issue, I really like how he draws Hob!

Edited by danhimself

City Fall has me geeking out with excitement....especially with Leo going bad and his awesome Foot costume

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

@k4tzm4n: Do you think we will get to see a Leo Vs Raph one on one before this is all over?

Posted by Dud317

This issue took an already stellar book, and upped the bar. Definitely one of my favorites. 5/5.

How many issues is this arc intended to be anyway?

Posted by Wolverine08

@dud317: It is supposed to be 7 issues.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@k4tzm4n: Do you think we will get to see a Leo Vs Raph one on one before this is all over?

Yes, I believe so.

CV: If there's one thing many Turtles fans love, it's a solid Leonardo and Raphael fight (personally, I'm a Donny guy). With Leo switching sides (or at least making us believe so), is it fair to say this will happen?

TW: CITY FALL will feature much conflict between a wide variety of players/characters. The tension will be heated on all fronts, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Raph and Leo bump heads before this thing is over. And they won’t be the only ones. To say any more would be to spoil the fun. Sorry.

http://www.comicvine.com/articles/interview-tom-waltz-talks-teenage-mutant-ninja-tur/1100-146499/

Staff
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@k4tzm4n said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

@k4tzm4n: Do you think we will get to see a Leo Vs Raph one on one before this is all over?

Yes, I believe so.

CV: If there's one thing many Turtles fans love, it's a solid Leonardo and Raphael fight (personally, I'm a Donny guy). With Leo switching sides (or at least making us believe so), is it fair to say this will happen?

TW: CITY FALL will feature much conflict between a wide variety of players/characters. The tension will be heated on all fronts, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Raph and Leo bump heads before this thing is over. And they won’t be the only ones. To say any more would be to spoil the fun. Sorry.

http://www.comicvine.com/articles/interview-tom-waltz-talks-teenage-mutant-ninja-tur/1100-146499/

ooh I must have forgot that question when I read that interview

Posted by Lvenger

I read this issue yesterday and I was really, really disappointed with how easily Leo was turned to the dark side, so to speak. All Kitsune did was twist events that had happened in the previous issues and Leo acted wholly out of character during them. There was nothing of the honourable, strategic leader that has been present in the TMNT so far. Instead, he was replaced with an insecure, dumbass Turtle who believed everything presented to him on a platter. I mean, the series of visions were full of more twistings of the truth than Nazi propaganda and more blatant falsehoods than a video from the Church of Scientology. Yet Leo still fell for it and blindly became loyal to the Shredder now. It doesn't make sense. I'd have liked it if he at least resisted but we don't even get that. This was a big departure from the creative team's organic melding of fresh elements with familiar TMNT lore.

And the multiple artists jarred the issue for me. I really don't like multiple artisits on an issue. Ruins the consistency of the story telling. Ducan (which is surprising because he's my favourite IDW TMNT artist), Kuhn and Eastman were the biggest problems in that regard. Still, the awesome scene with Angel, April and Casey's dad along with Hob's agenda in this story salvaged the issue for me. And Dark Leo (that's what I call him) looks interesting so maybe now he's turned, we'll get some awesome confrontation between him and his family now. It's just such a letdown from the bombastic first issue for me. But great review Gregg!