Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #39 Review

Posted October 16, 2014 by Adrienne Crean in Comic Books

Writer: Tom Waltz
Artist: Mateus Santolouco
Publisher: IDW

Tom Waltz is back at it again with another issue that keeps getting your nerves racing and blood pumping for the destruction that you know is coming!

Teenage mutant ninja turtles #39 begins with a comical scene of Mikey attempting to feed his brothers breakfast. A very reality driven conversation joining in with the mix, as we realize Donnie has officially made his decision with abandoning his family to fight another cause. Two very important causes have been discussed with these past few issues, and the major crisis’ keep creeping closer and closer. It does leave the question of is Donnie right in wanting to take down Krang, or is Splinter correct with focusing on Shredder’s take down?

In the mix of all of this turmoil are nice developing scenes between Casey and April’s parents, as Waltz throws in more comedy of April’s father attempting (and failing) to fix a coffee machine. We also learn that a very special guest finally reveals himself, and wants to keep a close eyes on the turtles. Thankfully, as of now, it’s in a helpful, positive way.


Donnie is determined to seek out and assist Harold, their known genius around these parts. Us readers see Donnie’s final transformation of going his own way in these greatly ingrossing scenes.

We get very little villain action, minus the Foots very own Mutants that are starting a ballsy fight with Hob’s growing mutant army. This is where Santolouco brings his all, with fast action scenes that have some of the best colors I’ve ever witnessed. The action norm for me, is quick movements, and any bright colors added are more of a blur. However, Santolouco brings such crisp, detailed lines to the scenes, that it left me bug eyed with “Wow”.

All in all, this issue brought a great advance in this story development. Even though it wasn’t action packed, I didn’t mind in the least. Last month’s issue was very similar, but this issue gets more “done”. Waltz is giving you the answers to what everyone is thinking, planning, and doing with the horrible problems our turtles are about to face.

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Adrienne Crean

Luke Skywalker was my first crush...where does that leave me? Loving comics, sci-fi, video games, anime, and much more!