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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #26 - City Fall Part Five Review

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The Foot assaults the Savate and Old Hob calls upon Splinter to help him out.

The Good

Mateus Santolouco is a titan. Somehow -- and I have no idea how he does it -- every single character is presented with a terrific amount of detail and life and, when present, the surrounding environments they're in are immersive. His style is lively and animated -- fitting the feel of the franchise -- yet filled with enough detail to avoid making it feel too cartoonish. As I've said every other time, his handling of action scenes is brilliant. There's a superb sense of movement with every strike thrown and they all pack a wallop when they connect. I really appreciate how onomatopoeias are sometimes incorporated in an organic manner instead of abruptly standing out. Add in Ronda Pattison's prominent and thorough coloring and this is yet another amazing looking issue of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES.

As for the story, Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman and Bobby Curnow dedicate this issue to moving all of the pieces into critical positions. Nothing particularly riveting happens with the "good" turtles, but it's mandatory developments and they're all delivered in a solid manner. While Mikey, Donny and Raph are all taking steps that are required for the narrative, Shredder/Dark Leo and Splinter/Old Hob have the exciting material this time around. Shredder and Leo carry out their surprise attack against The Savate and it's a total blast -- especially thanks to the more than commendable visuals. Meanwhile, seeing Splinter do a "favor" for Old Hob is thrilling. It's not often we see Splinter in action and when we do, it's certainly a real treat.

Alright, so not having a follow-up of last month's cliffhanger is a bit of a bummer, but the decision to hold them off until Karai's 100% ready is understandable and, based on how everything is being handled, it'll likely be worthy of the wait.

The Bad

If you haven't been reading the micro-issues (for shame!), you may feel a tad in the dark with two points. The first (Purple Dragons) isn't a big deal and will likely be expanded upon in the next issue (seeing as Hun's on the cover), but Donatello's contact may come off as totally random and you'll miss out on a reoccurring gag.

Also, I had an unintentional laugh when Shredder said a line to Leo which reminded me of The Lion King. Aside from that super minor point, this was yet another remarkable chapter. It may not be as exciting or cheer-worthy as the others, but it's every bit as important when it comes to building the massive story arc.

The Verdict

The pace slows down a bit when we're with the "good" turtles and understandably so. This allows the storyline to expand even more and with all of these factors shuffling around, you can really feel the conflict is reaching a boiling point. Meanwhile, the slower pacing with some individuals is countered by some legitimately exhilarating action scenes that you simply cannot miss. Dark Leo, Splinter, Shredder... they all get some time to show off how talented they really are and it's downright awesome. To make matters even better, this is all presented with some truly praiseworthy artwork. 'City Fall,' can you do no wrong?!

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Edited by danhimself

LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!

Posted by Mapacherise22

Was recommended this book by friends and when City Fall started it was the perfect jumping in point. It's one of my favorite books. I look forward for every issue now.

Posted by GraniteSoldier

I get so excited for this title every month. I am so glad I started in on it. City Fall has been nothing short of excellence.

Edited by Ben3000

I was glad to see certain characters reappear again. In terms of Mikey and Donnies story of course. TMMT has once again been a book I look forward to each and every month. Probably my pick of the week.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

i cant wait to get into this

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Edited by RedhoodFlashLantern

Mateus Santolouco can do no wrong the art is fantastic this book is soooo good i wish it was weekly.

Posted by DisasterBeast

Loved this issue for one simple fact, Shredder and Leo teaming up and taking out Savate. I've always wanted a Shredder and Leo team up and the Eastman cover is excellent! I loved when Shredder saved Leo from Victor, I just wanted to hug him right there!

Posted by Dark_Guyver

Another month, another excellent issue! This book can literally do no wrong. If you aren't reading this then do yourself a favor and start!!

Posted by Caladorcp

This comic is amazing. Anyone looking at this review and wondering if this series is as good as they say, it is. Pick it up...imediately. this series is amazing.

Posted by FlyingGrayson22

I got so excited when Donnie talked about the anti-gravity gauntlets. If he uses those in the big showdown it'll be the coolest!

Posted by Xwraith

I want Mikey's hat.

Posted by manwithoutshame

This is the best IDW series. City Fall continues to be great.

Posted by detective38

Im really liking this story arc. I really liked raphs hat and jacket look

Posted by Lvenger

A really good issue to end my temporary TMNT forray into the series. I really enjoyed the narrative moving the plot forward with all the characters, the sequences were well balanced from Raph, Donnie and Mikey's story centric scenes to the Foot vs the Savate and Splinter's more action orientated events. A very well balanced issue with gorgeous art from Santolouco. Such a shame I have to give the series up now. Ah well I'll pick up the last two City Fall issues at Christmas to find out what happens then. Really enjoyed the review Gregg, as always you do the series proud.