Interview: Tom Waltz Talks

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If you're a Turtles fan and not reading the current IDW series, then shame on you. It's terrific and it's your duty as a TMNT fan to give it a shot. There's a chance for you to rectify your mistake, though! A brand new story called 'City Fall' is kicking off (written by Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman) and it's looking like it'll be quite awesome. Shredder's emerging from the shadows to take over the Big Apple's underground and -- I kid you not -- he'll apparently have Leonardo at his side. How will this impact the Turtles? What will Karai do in response? I had the chance to ask writer Tom Waltz these questions and more.

Comic Vine: Sadly, not everyone has read TMNT: Secret History of the Foot Clan or even the primary series. So, for all of the people out there who want to jump onboard for 'City Fall' but are afraid of feeling left in the dark, what are the basics they need to know? Additionally, would you say #22 can serve as a jumping on point?

Tom Waltz: Well, although I always recommend reading prior arcs in the ongoing series as well all the ancillary mini- and micro-series for the best understanding of what we are doing with TMNT, I can confidently say that #22 does serve as an effective jumping on point for fans new to IDW’s TMNT. We do our best to set the stage early on in CITY FALL as it pertains to prior chronological events for both the turtles and the Foot Clan, and new readers will have no problem figuring out who’s who and what’s what as CITY FALL progresses.

CV: What does the return of Kitsune mean for Shredder? Also, how is this take on Shredder different than what we've seen before?

TW: The easy answer is that Kitsune is yet another potent weapon in the war Shredder plans to wage against NYC and, eventually, the world. He considers her a vital ally and intimate confidant (as readers of TMNT: Secret History of the Foot Clan are aware) and her inclusion in the ongoing series adds a new layer of formidability to the already dangerous Shredder – though, unbeknownst to Shredder, Kitsune may have more up her sleeves, so to speak, than even he realizes, and the threat she poses may not only be to his enemies. Speaking of Shredder, I like to think our Shredder is a potent combination of the Shredders who have appeared before in TMNT canon – in comics, cartoons and movies. Up until now, he’s been like a venomous snake in waiting, making his sinister plans and patiently biding his time as he’s waited for the most effective moment to strike. That moment has arrived and his enemies (and readers) will learn that he is not to be underestimated – and that what may have seemed like pitiful failures on his part in the past were all part of a greater plan he’s been concocting.

CV: Shredder wanting Leo -- not Karai -- directly by his side is a fascinating twist. What made you want to go down this road, and what does this mean for Karai? Naturally, I have a lot of difficulty believing Leo would ever betray his father.

TW: As mentioned above, Shredder takes a long-view when it comes to planning and strategy, and that extends both backward and forward. Once he realized Splinter (Hamato Yoshi) and the turtles were the reincarnated spirits of his ancient enemies (see TMNT #12), he was immediately aware that Leonardo represented the return of Yoshi’s eldest son – a boy Shredder always believed to have all the makings of an adept and powerful warrior. Karai has certainly earned the right to stand at Shredder’s side, but although Shredder’s planning skills are sophisticated, his personal sensibilities tend to be stuck in Feudal Japan, prompting him to take a misogynistic stance in regards to Clan hierarchy, etc. Karai, however, is a modern woman and deadly warrior, so don’t think she’ll give up her rightful place at the head of the Foot Clan table without a fight – even if that means fighting her resurrected ancestor to make her point. As for Leo – we all know he’d never betray Splinter willingly… Shredder knows this, too. But, he’s got a plan for that, don’t you worry. That’s all I’m saying.

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.

CV: What will the team dynamic be like without Leo around? Will this lead to seeing more of Casey and April helping the team?

TW: Casey and April are always ready to help the TMNT in any way they can and that won’t be any different in CITY FALL. Thing is, it might not always be easy for them to help because… well, read CITY FALL to find out more. As for the TMNT, they are going to have to fill a huge leadership vacuum left behind when Leo disappears and each turtle will have their own idea about how that should be accomplished… and by whom. The answer (and how it comes about) may surprise readers!

CV: Will 'City Fall' focus purely on the events in New York or will it also chime in on General Krang and Fugitoid?

TW: CITY FALL is firmly set in NYC, though, rest assured, we haven’t forgotten about Burnow Island and will be returning there ASAP. Just because we’re not seeing Krang, Stockman and Fugitoid, don’t think they aren't up to their own shenanigans!

CV: We saw a human version of Bebop and Rocksteady in an older Micro-Series issue and after a brawl, they definitely felt inadequate compared to a mutant. Was this just fan service or will we eventually see their return as mutants?

TW: Bebop and Rocksteady? We've seen them before? Really? I must’ve missed that. Sorry… I’m not able to comment. Next question… (heh)

CV: I know Old Hob and Slash will appear in a Micro-Series issue, but will they show their faces in 'City Fall,' too?

TW: What? You think Shredder can throw an all-out war in NYC and Old Hob would miss it? C’mon!

CV: Can we expect to see any other classic characters from the franchise make a return in the main series?

TW: Yes.

CV: Please describe 'City Fall' in five words or less.

TW: A kick-ass game changer!

CV: Thanks, Tom!

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #21 is out now. #22 hits stands May 29th.

Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine and IGN Entertainment. This is the part where he shamelessly plugs his Google+ and Twitter page in hopes of getting a new follower or two.

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#1 Posted by Dark_Guyver (2313 posts) - - Show Bio

Yes! Can't wait for the new arc! This series is just so good!! I was a huge fan of the 80s cartoon so seeing Beebop and Rocksteady in the canon ongoing series gets me even more excited. I honestly don't have one bad thing to say about this series! Waltz and Eastman are doing spectacular things with TMNT!

#2 Edited by Mr. Messy Face (122 posts) - - Show Bio

Sh*t's about to get real up in TMNT.

#3 Posted by Hawkguy (571 posts) - - Show Bio

WICKED! I can't wait! Just recently got up to date with the series and I must say I'm loving it. My gut tells me great things are coming, and my gut is never wrong...

#4 Posted by Mr_riddler (15734 posts) - - Show Bio

Krang made his move, now is time for The Shredder to make his move.

#5 Edited by NightFang (10055 posts) - - Show Bio

@mr__messy_face said:

Sh*t's about to get real up in TMNT.

Indeed.

Krang made his move, now is time for The Shredder to make his move.

And all hell is gonna break lose.

#6 Edited by Pixel_Kaiser (91 posts) - - Show Bio

I've been super happy with this book, it's been a really pleasant surprise. Hopeful we'll be seeing Bebop and Rocksteady, they're such great villain henchmen. Also hoping a crossover with Usagi Yojimbo isn't outside of the realm of possibilities!

#7 Edited by NoahMcnasty (43 posts) - - Show Bio

I have been disappointed with this comic. it has lost a lot of its grittiness from the original Eastman and laird series. and with Eastman back on board I thought it would bring it back. sadly the art has been sub par as well except in the occasion of Eastman doing the illustrating. I need to see blood ,dead footclan and a some cuss words. jesus im 28 and and have all the original series and it makes this look like a Donald duck comic.

#8 Edited by wmwadeii (3249 posts) - - Show Bio

drool. cant wait

#9 Posted by Transit3 (8 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh yeah. Sounds good.

#10 Edited by ALittleTooRaph (89 posts) - - Show Bio

Folks, if you aren't reading this series, first apologize to yourself, and then get caught up before this new arc!! TMNT!!!

#11 Posted by Trodorne (2587 posts) - - Show Bio
@wmwadeii said:

drool. cant wait

@transit3 said:

Oh yeah. Sounds good.

This.

And so when are we getting dan duncan back on the art again? While I loved the art for secrets of the foot clan. I did, but I prefer dan duncans art.

#12 Posted by ccraft (5259 posts) - - Show Bio

Great interview! Can't wait until City Falls starts!

I really need to read TMNT Secret History of the Foot Clan... I've read up to issue #16 (I do have 17-20 issues) is it fine to start reading Secret History of the FC?

#13 Posted by ccraft (5259 posts) - - Show Bio

wait... Beebop and Rocksteady was in the comic, wow can't believe I missed that. lol

#14 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33360 posts) - - Show Bio

I cant freaking wait for this

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#15 Posted by NICKXH (248 posts) - - Show Bio

I bought the first two trades on Wednesday and just ordered volume 3 on Amazon and will definitely check out secret history of the foot clan when it comes out on trade. I have been a fan of TMNT ever since the 80s cartoon and I am so glad I have finally gotten round to reading this fantastic series. I heard that Hun will be making an appearance in the City Fall. Which I am extremely excited about. Because Hun was one of my favourite new characters to come out of the 2003 series. If we are going to see more familar characters in the future, I would love to see Bishop make an appearance.

#16 Edited by Lvenger (19854 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh wow this is sounding so freaking awesome! TMNT is being ramped up to the max and this City Fall storyline sounds like it's going to change a lot of things in the TMNT universe. Can't wait to see what Waltz and Eastman have in store!

#17 Posted by Dark_Guyver (2313 posts) - - Show Bio

@ccraft said:

wait... Beebop and Rocksteady was in the comic, wow can't believe I missed that. lol

Heres the issue they appeared in, but in human form.

#18 Posted by Deranged Midget (17599 posts) - - Show Bio

I CANNOT WAIT for this!

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#19 Posted by manwithoutshame (654 posts) - - Show Bio

COWABUNGA!!

#20 Posted by DeVianThaI (24 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow. Who's the artist for the first picture?

#21 Edited by k4tzm4n (43555 posts) - - Show Bio
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#22 Posted by k4tzm4n (43555 posts) - - Show Bio

@ccraft said:

wait... Beebop and Rocksteady was in the comic, wow can't believe I missed that. lol

Heres the issue they appeared in, but in human form.

And from the sound of things, we'll see them again ;)

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#23 Posted by Diabetic_Vampire (3 posts) - - Show Bio

@ccraft: It is, just finish it before #21

#24 Posted by ccraft (5259 posts) - - Show Bio
#25 Posted by k4tzm4n (43555 posts) - - Show Bio
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#26 Posted by ccraft (5259 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n: wow Secret History was an awesome read!

#27 Edited by k4tzm4n (43555 posts) - - Show Bio

@ccraft said:

@k4tzm4n: wow Secret History was an awesome read!

For sure. Glad you enjoyed it.

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#28 Posted by G_Money_Christmas (883 posts) - - Show Bio

I want either the Eastman or the Declan Shalvey cover but I don't think my LCS orders enough for either:/ I have never seen a TMNT variant there: /

#29 Posted by Bio Guyver (6852 posts) - - Show Bio

Foot Clan Leo. That would be an interesting twist.

#30 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Leonardo representing the return of Hamato Yoshi's eldest son? Now that is an intriguing path to follow! Curiouser and curiouser the plot thickens, as does my interest...

#31 Edited by G_Money_Christmas (883 posts) - - Show Bio

So, Bebop and Rocksteady are going to be in it, then? And does anyone know if Santoluco is going to be the new permanent penciller on the series or just or City Fall? I hope permanent. I loved him on SHOTF

#32 Posted by Lvenger (19854 posts) - - Show Bio

I CANNOT WAIT for this!

Are you reading TMNT now? Dude at last! You've been missing out big time! City Fall is going to be a killer story!

#33 Posted by k4tzm4n (43555 posts) - - Show Bio

@lvenger said:

@deranged_midget said:

I CANNOT WAIT for this!

Are you reading TMNT now? Dude at last! You've been missing out big time! City Fall is going to be a killer story!

I have a feeling that'll be true...

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#34 Posted by Lvenger (19854 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n said:

@lvenger said:

@deranged_midget said:

I CANNOT WAIT for this!

Are you reading TMNT now? Dude at last! You've been missing out big time! City Fall is going to be a killer story!

I have a feeling that'll be true...

But who? None of the main 4 or the supporting cast. So who'll bite the dust?

#35 Posted by k4tzm4n (43555 posts) - - Show Bio

@lvenger said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@lvenger said:

@deranged_midget said:

I CANNOT WAIT for this!

Are you reading TMNT now? Dude at last! You've been missing out big time! City Fall is going to be a killer story!

I have a feeling that'll be true...

But who? None of the main 4 or the supporting cast. So who'll bite the dust?

My guess is based on this cover.

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#36 Posted by Lvenger (19854 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n said:

My guess is based on this cover.

You think Casey is going to be offed? It's way too early in the run for them to kill someone as vital to the TMNT franchise as him. Still I can't see it not happen. The other cover does have Raph and him beat up a lot.

#37 Edited by k4tzm4n (43555 posts) - - Show Bio

@lvenger said:

@k4tzm4n said:

My guess is based on this cover.

You think Casey is going to be offed? It's way too early in the run for them to kill someone as vital to the TMNT franchise as him. Still I can't see it not happen. The other cover does have Raph and him beat up a lot.

I think it's a possibility. I'd of course want to see the character thrive, but at the same rate, killing said character could make Raph undergo a huge change in personality. Only time will tell.

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#38 Posted by Lvenger (19854 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n said:

@lvenger said:

@k4tzm4n said:

My guess is based on this cover.

You think Casey is going to be offed? It's way too early in the run for them to kill someone as vital to the TMNT franchise as him. Still I can't see it not happen. The other cover does have Raph and him beat up a lot.

I think it's a possibility. I'd of course want to see the character thrive, but at the same rate, killing said character could make Raph undergo a huge change in personality. Only time will tell.

So it could be for Raph's benefit? The interview does say Leo and Raph will butt heads at least once in this story. Man I'm gonna be sad when I have to drop this for university. By the way, how did you know I'd commented here? Did a message pop up in your inbox like when someone comments on a blog post?

#39 Posted by k4tzm4n (43555 posts) - - Show Bio

@lvenger said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@lvenger said:

@k4tzm4n said:

My guess is based on this cover.

You think Casey is going to be offed? It's way too early in the run for them to kill someone as vital to the TMNT franchise as him. Still I can't see it not happen. The other cover does have Raph and him beat up a lot.

I think it's a possibility. I'd of course want to see the character thrive, but at the same rate, killing said character could make Raph undergo a huge change in personality. Only time will tell.

So it could be for Raph's benefit? The interview does say Leo and Raph will butt heads at least once in this story. Man I'm gonna be sad when I have to drop this for university. By the way, how did you know I'd commented here? Did a message pop up in your inbox like when someone comments on a blog post?

Benefit as in character development, yes. But that's just speculation on my behalf. I imagine Leo and Raph will fight anyway since Leo is allegedly on the other side now. And yeah, I get a message in my inbox whenever some @ replies me.

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#40 Posted by Brit (372 posts) - - Show Bio

nice!! can't wait...

#41 Posted by flazam (2496 posts) - - Show Bio

epic

#42 Posted by Arkhamc1tizen (2145 posts) - - Show Bio

epic gonna get this definatly

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