*Due to a shipping error many places did not receive this issue last week. Sadly, I live in one of those areas which is why this review is a week late. Also, due to the lateness, I’m going to keep this review fairly tight and direct to the point*
Written by Tristan Jones this issue is a fantastic set up for what is sure to be one of the most entertaining parts of I2 as the Turtles are trying to figure out what’s causing the disappearance of people in New York.
It seems a cult has opened a door and allowed the Elder Gods to gain entrance into this reality. The really bad part is they are running loose in the same sewers the Turtles live in!
Of all of the books put out so far, this one has the biggest feeling of actual dread. Jones’ pacing really gives credence to the gloom and doom these Elder Gods bring with them. With Donatello trying to figure things out and trying to believe the legends of the Elder Gods and cults, it shows these four characters in a situation they are clearly not used to.
They travel into the sewers, into tunnels that shouldn’t exist, in order to figure out what’s going on and end up face to face with horrors that are way beyond anything they’ve ever faced off against before.
On the art side, Mark Torres has, once again, stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park (I believe that is the very first sports analogy I’ve ever used in a review). It’s a perfect match for the writing. I found myself getting more into this one than the previous ones mostly because while the previous books were fun they didn’t actually focus on the horror of the situation. The shadows and detail of the art here really gives you a feeling of the horrors that these things can bring to any of these realities.
So with all the feelings of dread and doom in this book, and the way this issue ended, even considering that the Turtles will gain victory here it’s still a story that makes you wonder if we may lose one or two characters in this story. Even with all their ninja skills they are over matched and this story doesn’t shy away from that!
I can’t wait for the conclusion next week!