Paul Allor, Andy Kuhn & Bill Crabtree

This mini-series was short and sweet. The chronicling of the fall of the Utrom Empire concludes. Meanwhile, Krang works with Fugitoid to try and save the Utromians that were in stasis. Now facing two foes on Burnow Island, Fugitoid sends out a distress message to several factions, including the turtles, for help to stop the Technodrome.

The main reason this book was so successful is that it was able to humanize the tyrant Krang, or at least allow the reader to understand the method to his madness. He lives to restore his dying race to their former glory at any cost, including his own life. I never thought it would be possible to empathize with a villain I’ve always believed to be pure evil, dating back to the animated series from the late 1980s/early 1990s. Paul Allor did a fantastic job developing the character!  Also, the outcome of Professor Honeycutt trying to halt the completion of the Technodrome and his relationship with Dr. Stockman adds to the main storyline and wasn’t just some side-story that had no real merit.

Despite not being a fan of Andy Kuhn, his work on the battles in the flashbacks are intense and grand. Nothing like seeing a Triceraton dual-wielding weapons in a full page spread! Bill Crabtree’s colors were what really captivated me, truly vibrant. There was a clear contrast in the palette between the events of the past and the present and it was a fascinating dynamic that helped keep the reader glued to the page.

This mini-series was only three issues; there is no reason why any TMNT fan should not pick this up. It not only gives great insight into some of the villains, but also sets up what is to happen next in TMNT comic-verse.

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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.”