City Fall has been one of the best things to happen to the Turtles in a very long time. The arc continues this month with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #27, and it’s another stellar entry for the series. Everything is finally coming to a conclusion and this issue sets the stage for the big finale next month in all the right ways.
Mateus Santolouco is a phenomenal artist and his style couldn’t fit the Turtles any more perfectly. He’s able to capture the cartoony aspect of the characters, but give them a gritty realism, full of detail and structure. His fight scenes are out of this world, allowing you to witness the action and energy in the scene, and feel the force and momentum behind each hit. Each character is presented with such life and animation, allowing for their personalities to stand out with his superb depictions of facial expressions and body language. The perfect example of this is seeing the internal struggle Leo is having with himself. You witness just how taxing and exhausting it is for his mind and body. Santolouco is laying it down each and every month, completely obliterating my expectations, with this issue being no exception.
As for the story, Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman, and Bobby Curnow are the holy trinity for this title. When the series started, it wasn’t bad, but it was bland in places. City Fall is exceptional and far above and beyond previous arcs of the series. My only complaint with the arc thus far is how important the micro-series tie-ins have been. If you haven’t been reading those, you may be a bit confused or lacking information when it comes to certain aspects of the story. Regardless, the whole arc has been paced wonderfully, and this issue is just the same. Everything is set up to where the characters all meet up organically, having reasons for being where they are, and it explodes. It’s not even the finale of the arc and everything just erupts, with the Turtles, the Foot, and all the other parties tearing into each other in complete chaos. It’s beautiful. Also, the last page is a great cliffhanger and fan pleaser, leaving you wanting more.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #27 was a pleasure to read and has me on the edge of my seat, frantically waiting for the concluding chapter next month. I’ve been a fan of the Turtles for as long as I can remember, and it’s nice to have this title to look forward to every month. If you’re not reading this title, you’re missing out on one of the best storylines of the year.