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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game #8
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‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game’ #8 delivers the crossover’s climax

Chaos, sacrifice, and unforgettable moments.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game #8, written by Tom Waltz and illustrated by Vincenzo Federici, is a monumental conclusion to a months-long crossover event that brings together multiple series and creative teams. With expert coloring by Heather Breckel and precise lettering by Shawn Lee, this 30-page extra-sized issue serves as the grand finale, seamlessly tying up all the threads and storylines introduced in previous issues. In a thrilling convergence, the Turtles confront the formidable Rat King in the ethereal thin places, while April, Sally, and Detective Lewis face off against Baxter Stockman amidst in New York City. Moreover, the Nova Posse, Neutrinos, Cherubae, and Cudley plotlines reach satisfying resolutions.

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The central plotline revolves around an intense battle between the five Turtles and the formidable Rat King. Despite the assistance of Shredder and Kitsune, our heroes find themselves struggling against their gigantic opponent. While managing to land a few blows, the Rat King effortlessly rebounds, uprooting trees and using them as weapons to send the Turtles reeling. Just when it seems that the tide might turn with the arrival of the Pantheon, the Rat King surprises everyone by swiftly dispatching Jagwar, Manmoth, and even the powerful Gothano.

Realizing the need for a change in strategy, the Turtles employ the ancient Kuji-Kiri technique, specifically the tenth Cut known as Tǒng. Through this invocation, they summon Cherubae and Turnstone. However, a swarm of the Rat King’s rats disrupts the pivotal moment, causing Kitsune to activate the power of the Turnstone at the cost of her own life. Transported to Proxima Centauri, the three remaining members of the Pantheon find themselves confronted with their eldest brother, Chi-You. In a cataclysmic burst of energy, the Rat King’s defeat becomes undeniable, ultimately bringing the Armageddon Game to its long-awaited checkmate.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game #8
The final battle of the Armageddon Game begins
Credit: IDW

In the B-plot, April, Sally, and Detective Lewis confront Mayor Stockman in his office. Armed with a list of demands, including the official recognition of Mutant Town as a distinct borough within New York City and the establishment of a dedicated human/mutant police department, they force Stockman to yield. Faced with the prospect of tarnished reputation and losing his grip on power, the mayor begrudgingly agrees to their terms. Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the subsiding immediate threat, the Neutrinos and Nova Posse make their hasty exit from Mutant Town and depart from Earth. As Angel, April, Karai, and Casey Jones ponder the whereabouts and activities of the Turtles, a sense of intrigue and anticipation fills the air.

The concluding pages of The Armageddon Game #8 deliver a series of intriguing developments. Raphael pays a visit to Old Hob on Mutant Island, providing a recap of the whereabouts and fates of the various characters. Notably, Shredder undertakes a journey to Dimension Z alongside Cherubae, leaving behind a significant scroll entrusted to Karai. Driven by her unwavering determination, Karai sets out on a crucial mission with a formidable team of elite soldiers, including Casey Jones, venturing into the mysterious thin places. As the comic reaches its epilogue, a startling revelation unfolds on Burnow Island: while Krang may have perished, the dormant body of Metalhead becomes unexpectedly energized, hinting at a potential future threat that lingers ominously.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game #8
The Turtles have become experts at fighting in the Astral Plane
Credit: IDW

While the plot of The Armageddon Game #8 could be anticipated to some extent – certain aspects were revealed in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #140 a few weeks ago – Tom Waltz masterfully concludes the narrative, offering a satisfying resolution for the ensemble of characters involved in the Armageddon Game. The final confrontation with the Rat King is skillfully choreographed, providing ample opportunities for our protagonists to shine. Notably, Shredder’s moments with Kitsune serve as a poignant reminder of their intricate and enduring relationship. Teamwork emerges as a prominent theme throughout the issue, underscoring that the Turtles cannot rely solely on physical prowess to defeat the Rat King. Their initial attempts to attack in small groups of two or three prove ineffective, as evident when the Pantheon succumbs one by one.

Raphael questions why they didn’t employ a simple “dogpile” strategy to overwhelm the Rat King despite their numerical advantage. However, it is Donatello who ultimately realizes the necessity of employing Tǒng to vanquish their foe. While this revelation may appear somewhat obvious, given that Kitsune brought the Turtles into the thin places precisely for this purpose, unveiling it on the first page would have undermined the climactic impact. The Turtles’ effectiveness lies in their unwavering commitment to teamwork and their willingness to make sacrifices, setting them apart. This sentiment is mirrored in the reactions of the Pantheon upon the deaths of their siblings. Jagwar and Manmoth, much like the Turtles, exhibit unwavering determination to save one another without hesitation. As siblings themselves, the Pantheon members share a profound bond. In many ways, the overarching premise of the Rat King’s all-out pursuit to destroy the world serves as a cautionary tale about the consequences that can arise when a family becomes fragmented and estranged. Raphael often personifies the lone sibling, grappling with his temper and an inclination to venture on his own path, emphasizing the importance of unity among kin.

The artwork showcased throughout the issue is exceptional. Of particular note are the striking glowing blue accents adorning the Turtles as they engage in combat within the ethereal thin places. The depiction of fire effects during the deaths of Jagwar, Manmoth, and Gothano is also masterfully executed, with the characters instantaneously transforming into fiery manifestations of themselves before fading away. These panels effectively convey the motion and suddenness of the flames, complemented by well-crafted sound effects. While certain pages in the B-plot may appear dialogue-heavy, it is understandable given the multitude of characters involved. Tom Waltz skillfully navigates this complexity, tidying up the narrative threads by the story’s conclusion, ensuring that readers can effectively sort through the ensemble cast.

The complete annihilation of the Pantheon took me by surprise, yet as Raphael suggests, it’s possible that their demise is not definitive, and they may eventually resurface. The caliber of these characters is simply too exceptional to be permanently extinguished, and the prospect of exploring further narratives involving other members of the Pantheon, beyond Kitsune and the Rat King, holds great promise. It would undoubtedly be a welcomed opportunity to delve deeper into the rich lore and untapped potential of these intriguing individuals.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game #8, written by Tom Waltz and brilliantly illustrated by Vincenzo Federici, delivers a monumental conclusion to the months-long crossover event, leaving readers both satisfied and eager for what lies ahead. Waltz adeptly weaves together multiple plotlines and an extensive cast of characters, ensuring each one has their moment to shine. The intense battles with the Rat King showcase the Turtles’ resilience and the power of teamwork, while the B-plot involving April, Sally, and Detective Lewis adds depth to the story, culminating in a satisfying resolution. The artwork throughout the issue is outstanding, with impressive details, such as the glowing blue accents and dynamic fire effects, enhancing the visual impact. Though the complete demise of the Pantheon comes as a surprise, the possibility of their return leaves room for future exploration. This issue is a testament to Tom Waltz’s skillful storytelling and the creative team’s ability to captivate readers with a thrilling and visually stunning comic book experience.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game #8
‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game’ #8 delivers the crossover’s climax
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game #8
A monumental conclusion to the months-long crossover event, leaving readers satisfied and eager for what lies ahead. Waltz adeptly weaves together multiple plotlines and an extensive cast of characters, ensuring each one has their moment to shine. The artwork throughout the issue is outstanding, with impressive details, enhancing the visual impact.
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Intense battles with the Rat King showcase the Turtles' resilience and the power of teamwork.
Exceptional artwork throughout the issue
Surprising and impactful moments
Predictability in certain aspects of the plot, which were revealed in a previous issue
Some pages were dialogue-heavy, affecting the pacing.
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