Turtles on the defensive, a “TMNT #48” (Review)

Jul 28, 2015

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TMNT #48 TMNT 48

Written by: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow & Tom Waltz
Art by: Cory Smith

If the road to #50 is going to be as action packed as well as thrilling as this, I don’t know if I’m going to make it. The last few issues have been building up the final attack, and some of the future action has been spilling out along the way. Now we are seeing the beginning of the end. The turtles were trying to recoup and catch their breath in the wake of their brother becoming a robo-bro, but they can no longer just sit and wait. As Raph complains to Leo “You know…Sensei keeps tellin’ us to protect ourselves”, the brothers keep retreating and retreating until they can’t fall back any further.

The art of Cory Smith has kept this arc flowing from panel to panel, keeping up with each nun chuck and ninja flip.222 Each of the turtles including “DUZ MACHINES 84”, the code name for Donnie while his mind is in Metal Head (which is an amazing reference to the cartoon’s theme song), they each have their own style of fighting from rage and well-disciplined to wild and free styling. I can usually guess or see where the story is heading early on in the arc, but the script of Tom Waltz has me on my toes with unexpected rescues and rendezvous.

I know that in the end everything will come together in an explosive arc conclusion, but at this moment, there are so many moving parts and background figures still getting their hands dirty that everything feels fresh and new. What I have seen and experienced in all of the previous issues in this current run (City fall and Donnie’s near death to name just a few) has reaffirmed my love for the TMNT property, but more importantly the creative team that has been telling these stories month in and month out has my complete faith with the outcome of issue 50. Each issue has been well worth the buy and read (and multiple buys in the case of variant covers).

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