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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #27 - City Fall Part Six Review


Shredder attempts to enforce his rule over New York's criminal underworld as the turtles form a plan to save their brother.

*Bebop & Rocksteady's micro-series issue also came out today (review can be found here). That takes place BEFORE this issue, so read that first!*

The Good

All good things must come to an end and the penultimate issue of 'City Fall' is now upon us. Despite serving primarily as tension building for the final chapter, TMNT #27 continues the series' tradition of being quite awesome. Writer Tom Waltz has a lot of characters to address before everything explodes in the next issue, and while this chapter does jump around a lot, the moments are still engaging and never fail to loosen its grip on my attention. Just as I was certain we'd hit a cliffhanger and Waltz and company would save all of the chaos for the finale, we're stuck with a majorly exciting action scene. It's a little disappointing that Slash's frenetic methods are restricted to the background (for the most part), but they more than make up for that by having Donatello show off just how cool his gravity gauntlet really is.

Remember that time Mateus Santolouco was an amazing fit for the book, offering lively, crisp and unique artwork? Yeah, that's still here and it's still all kinds of great. All of the previous praise I've given the man still applies. The characters are wonderfully animated and sporting their own unique qualities, the environments have an excellent amount of detail, and the action is every bit as energetic as ever. This issue also gives colorist Ronda Pattison plenty to work with as the scenes jump to different locations and there's a whole slew of different characters tossed into the mix. It's all wonderfully bold and there's some brilliant use of colors as the action moves full speed ahead in the end.

Also, bonus points for having Walter White at Shredder's meeting!

The Bad

My only real gripe is the amount of characters they need to chime in on hinders the pacing a bit, especially if you're already familiar with everything going on thanks to the micro-series (which you should be reading). It's an understandable choice since they're building up to the finale and need to remind us where everyone's motivation lies, but it does take a bit of a toll on the pacing.

Minor gripe: it's kind of funny the dude would look Mikey in the eye and say two sentences before commenting on his appearance.

The Verdict

'City Fall' continues its streak of being spectacular. As a penultimate issue, there's a whole lot of story building, but what's truly great is we're not hit with a cliffhanger right when everything's about to go down. Instead, Waltz and everyone else involved make the smart decision to tease us with some epic action while still saving all of the big showdowns and conflicts for the finale. Oh, and that cliffhanger? It's sure to get you pumped. Bring on the conclusion!

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Posted by manwithoutshame

4/5 solid, I love this series. I wonder if Shredder and the Foot are gonna win this one though, and begin some sort of return to new york-esque storyline, that would be cool.

Edited by tparks

Loved this issue. The only real bad thing about it is that I have to wait a month to read the next one.

Posted by Xwraith

Did anyone else see Storm and Heisenberg in the theater?

Edited by k4tzm4n

@xwraith said:

Did anyone else see Storm and Heisenberg in the theater?

Yeah, I thought that look like Storm!

And yes, he's mentioned in the review.

Edited by comicbookfan93

Damn the wait for this to come out each month seems like forever and then it's over so fast :(

Posted by Buddy_Baker

I finished reading the 3rd trade of the main series and I must say I am only mildly entertained (not that it sucks - it does not!). Do you guys think I should go on with it (because it will be much better in the next trades)? The (rising) praise that TMNT is getting makes me hope that it will be more fun for me in the later arcs.
I guess I should be picking up the micro series tades, too.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@buddy_baker: I'd recommend jumping ahead to the 6th trade. It's the beginning of City Fall. If you don't like that, then abandon ship. But currently, 150% of people I chat with love it.

Posted by Wolverine08

Dodging that point blank gun shot while smashing that pizza in that thug's face was a pretty good speed feat for Mikey.

Posted by KillingJoke3230

@buddy_baker: Pick it up at Secret History of the foot 1-4 goes right into city fall. Pure gold best turtles story I have ever read and I'm 34

Posted by Buddy_Baker

Thanks for advice, guys! But if I'm going on reading this series, I'll will work my whole way trough to the trades until City Fall begins. I am too much of a neurotic to skip some issues/trades haha.

Edited by blackcobalt

In the background of the same scene with Storm and Walt you can see the Warriors have come out to playyyy as well.

Edited by DickDastardly

@blackcobalt: Great find! I had noticed heisenberg and storm but dont know how i missed the warrirors!