Apr 24

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #9 Advance Review

Coming out tomorrow, is the ninth issue of the IDW ongoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The issue is written by veteran Tom Waltz and drawn by Dan Duncan and colored by Ronda Pattison. So is this issue a worthy addition to this great comic series? Keep reading to find out!


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #9 picks up right of last week’s Leonardo Micro-series. Leo is back to the sewers where the turtles are meeting April Onei’l who agrees, along with Casey Jones, to help the brothers find their abducted master. In the mean time Splinter is been displayed on a lab table and waiting to be dissected by Baxter Stockman to extract the mutagen for his ruthless employer, the general Krang, who are on their way to the stockgens lab. Before  neither the turtles no Baxter and Krang reach the room where Splinter is held, something very unexpected and quite surprising changes the course of the story. For the sake of not spoiling this great surprise, i will stop her and let you enjoy it when you get the issue tomorrow.

In collaboration with Kevin Eastman, the story is as usual, written by Tom Waltz , who seems to be getting more comfortable writing the personalities of the characters and also finding ways to plot twists that really take the reader by surprise. The unexpected turn of events at the end really makes you wish that next month is already here. A job well done by Mr Waltz.


Dan Duncan is the main artist drawing the IDW ongoing series, and while he is doing a great job, i must admit that i was a bit spoiled by Ross Campbell’s portrayal of the Turtles from last week’s Leonardo Micro-series. And while Dan Duncan is doing a fantastic job, a part of me wished to have Ross Campbell doing the art of the ongoing. But nonetheless, the action is well portrayed, and two new characters who makes their debut this issue (and shall remain nameless) have a really nice updated design thanks to Duncan.

Ronda Pattison returns as the colorist for this issue and as usual, her beautiful shades of coloring is adding more personality to the characters. And while i prefer last week’s Jay Fotas as a colorist, mainly for his dark shades and eerie environment colors, Ronda is still doing a great job.

Closing Comments:

With a fantastic story that sets the wheels for things to come, an unexpected plot twist and appearance of two classic characters, as well as good artwork and coloring. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #9 is easily the best issue of the ongoing IDW ninja turtles comics series and a must buy for any TMNT fan.

Score: 9.5/10


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