Writer: Tom Waltz, Bobby Curnow, Kevin Eastman
Artist: Zach Howard
Colorist: Ronda Pattison
Letterer: Shawn Lee
I am a huge fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I grew up with cousins who liked them. But as I got older I grew to love them more and more on my own. For me to see a world where the Turtles are under the control of Shredder, as his chunin, was great and yet so hard. It was like watching an uncomfortable scene in a movie where characters that you have loved are doing unspeakable things. I found the Turtles beating the shit out of Splinter so hard, I really thought they’d kill Splinter. It’s great to see the balance of good and evil, where if Leo, Donnie, Raph, and Mikey are bad then Hun, Alopex, and Karai are good.
I enjoyed getting to see a “what if” story involving the Turtles as bad guys. In fact, it would be cool to see a mini series where the four guys are taken in by Shredder as infants and become his sons. Tom Waltz, Bobby Curnow, and Kevin Eastman have brought yet another great script into a wonderful one-shot. Something I love about all the TMNT titles is they are always written with the consideration of how it will affect the ongoing story. For me that is an awesome feat of storytelling when a team wants the readers to get all sides of a story.
The art by Zach Howard was a superb choice! He gave the feel of grit as the turtles mercilessly hunt for Splinter. My only gripe would be I would have liked to see Rocksteady, Bebop, Bludgeon and Koyo alongside Shredder and the Turtles to get the full effect of just how powerful Shredder’s reach was and how over powered, “The Shredhead” would be after gaining the turtles. It was a great one shot and glad I got to see a “what could have been.”
Alex’s Rating 8/10