By Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Cory Smith & Ronda Pattison

Turtle-mania is hitting a high this month as the latest live-action film of the franchise hits theaters. Honestly though, in terms of story, my money is on IDW’s issue this month. The two biggest antagonists of the turtles have a meeting that readers and fans alike have no doubt been eagerly awaiting. Picking up right where #36 left off, Shredder and General Krang unite in international waters to discuss an alliance…

Issue #37 proves once again how the creative team on this main run is able to keep the story fresh and thrilling. Half of the issue is just Oroku Saki and the General plotting, but Tom Waltz is able to keep the dialog sharp and riveting. Also, Cory Smith’s dynamic visual interpretation of the events only serves to make the material more captivating. He is able to not only make Krang and Shredder sitting together dramatic, but change up the setting with depictions of the events the two discuss to maintain the audience’s focus.

Ronda Pattison, as usual, nails the palette necessary to convey the full impact that this event signifies in the storyline. One full-page shot where the conversation between the villains reaches its climax perfectly exemplifies the intensity of not only their words, but actions as well.

Although I have focused on the dialogue-heavy portion of the comic, there is plenty of fantastic action. Seeing the big two face-off in combat is 100% fan service! If that wasn’t enough, Koya and a new mutant, Bludgeon, appear to join the fray. Cory Smith’s design for this character has instantly become a personal favorite…think the Street Sharks.

If the decision is to spend money on a matinee for Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or this comic – you best be laying that cash on the counter of your local comic shop! It’s an enthralling read that is worth every penny.

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About The Author Erik Gonzalez

I was exposed to comics early on, one of my earliest vivid memories was picking up the entire run of Dark Horse’s Aliens vs. Predator(1990). Odd and perhaps morbid choice for a kid, I know...At the same time, I was immersed in the pop culture of the time which included, but not limited to: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and of course, Batman: The Animated Series. Upon reflection, it’s fairly evident why I’m such a zealous geek. My day job is in television operations, so basically I’m exposed to media at every turn, which is where I want to be! Writing comic book reviews is another outlet to convey my respect and fanaticism for the this graphic medium. I hope what I have to say will resonate with others and also spark heart-felt discussion. Simon Pegg said it best, “Being a geek is extremely liberating.”