Tristan Jones and Mark Torres conclude the involvement of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (notice I didn’t call them aliens?) in the battle to keep the Elder Gods from destroying everything and I have to say this is one 2-parter that doesn’t lose any steam!
Here is what I liked about this: it’s slow. Yeah, I know, ‘ninjas vs. monsters’ shouldn’t be a slow story but, in this instance, it works. It works very well.
By slowing things down, Jones is able to build suspense and a real sense of dread. I mean, we all know the Turtles are going to be alright and continue on as the same Mutants they have been since their creation, but just the same there is a feeling that they could also fall victim to the Elder Gods and become twisted, alien versions of themselves.
This issue picks up where the last one left the Turtles: badly beaten by an enemy they had no way to prepare for and have no understanding of. They aren’t used to dealing with supernatural gods. They regroup and refocus on first saving Leonardo then saving the city (I don’t think they fully understand that the whole of reality is at stake). They use what they know to fight the monster off and eventually trap it, once again, deep underneath the earth.
Overall, this has to be the surprise hit of the event so far. I didn’t expect this from the Turtles but should have knowing who was on the creative team. Jones really sets it up in a way that you don’t think things are going to end well while Mark Torres seems to be channeling his inner Mignola and mixes it with a bit of the old EC magic giving us one of my favorite TMNT books to date.
I hope that these events here somehow make their way into the regular series, it would be nice to see how this impacts Leonardo and his inability to understand what happened.
Overall, a very well done part of Infestation 2 and come next year when we have Infestation 3, if the Turtles are involved, I would like to nominate Jones and Torres to handle the honors!