Connect with us
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #71 Review

Comic Books

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #71 Review

A bunch of wildly powerful beings (including a giant toad) meet at their once-a-century dinner to discuss how much the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are pissing them off.

Listen to the latest episode of our weekly comics podcast!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #71 Review
Underwinter #4
Writer: Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz
Artist: Dave Wachter
Publisher: IDW Publishing


First Read Reactions

  • Even with an army of helper toads, preparing for houseguests is still a nightmare.
  • Houseguest bringing rats: Bad
  • Houseguest eating rats: Much worse.
  • I don’t even want to know how this motley crew is related to each other.
  • Yikes. This dinner looks my Facebook wall during election season.
  • Stupid rats—always spreading diseases and giving your location away.

The Verdict

Oof. Calling this issue tedious would be an understatement.

Aside from the art (which is fantastic) and the multiple old school/obscure TMNT characters (which was awesome), the issue is pretty much one big circular argument amongst family members. It starts off interesting, but devolves into a rhythm of predictable dialogue. Even worse, I still don’t feel like I entirely understand what this group of characters hopes to accomplish. Even their goals regarding the Turtles are vague.

I do like what Tom Waltz is setting up here, but I’m not sure we needed what amounted to twenty some odd pages of exposition to get there. When the Turtles do finally show up, we have no idea why they came or what they’ve heard…meaning we might have to go through at least part of this all over again.

On the plus side, however, we did finally get an explanation for that terrible deus ex machina ending way back in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #60.

Let’s hope the ending to this story next month is a lot better than how it started.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #71 Review
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #71
Is it good?
Despite a promising set up, the issue quickly devolves into circular arguments among vaguely-motivated characters.
The art is superb.
Lots of great old school/obscure TMNT characters.
You know those arguments you get in with your family on Facebook during election season? Imagine that, but with even less defined positions.
3.5
Meh

Become a patron today to get exclusive perks, like access to our exclusive Discord community and our monthly comic book club, ad-free browsing on aiptcomics.com, a physical trade paperback sent to your house every month, and more!

Comments

In Case You Missed It

dawn breaks behind the eyes dawn breaks behind the eyes

‘Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes’ review: Trippy horror movie is about more experience than scares

Movie Reviews

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #71 Review Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #71 Review

‘Good Luck to You, Leo Grande’ review: Thompson & McCormack make this a satisfying experience

Movie Reviews

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #71 Review Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #71 Review

AfterShock First Look: Hell is a Squared Circle

Comic Books

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #71 Review Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #71 Review

Amazon Prime Day 2022 is ‘freeloading’ over 30 games

Gaming

Connect
Newsletter Signup