Well, as usual, the reboot of my beloved comic book continues to impress by leaps and bounds while advancing the story and enriching the plot without any danger of it growing stagnant.
The story opens with April putting together all the pieces of the turtles' history (including her having named them before their mutation) after having recovered from her fainting spell. While she's still a little shaky from coming face to face with four giant, walking, talking turtles, she nevertheless agrees to help them in getting Splinter back (especially when she realizes that Splinter is the same rat who saved her from being attacked in the lab).
Without giving away anymore from this issue for those of you who have yet to read it, I can at the very least share with you a few things.
First of all, there is a very definite sense of camaraderie even between April and the guys--despite the fact that they pretty much just met.She genuinely wants to help them, and flat-out refuses to leave them when Leo all but orders her to. Also, it's safe to say that Casey is officially part of the family. Raph even goes as far as to tell Leo "Jones is one of us" when Leo tries to keep Casey from joining in the fight.
Second of all, we begin to see Raph gradually shifting back into the badass berserker we all know and love. It's subtle, so don't go expecting some dramatic scene in which Raph lets loose with some primal, animalistic cry before running amok. Like I said, it's a subtle shift, but it's there if you know what to look for.
Third of all, just when you think that the driving problem from the previous issue is resolved, the writers at IDW throw us a curveball and take the story in a completely different direction that only serves to continue driving the plot forward while leaving you the reader screaming for more. Familiar characters from the fandom make their appearances, and the last page of the issue leaves you the reader with a genuine sense of foreboding--as though you know that everything the turtles have faced up until that moment has been a cakewalk.
Believe me...things are about to get a lot more intense.
As usual, the artwork continues to please, and as I mentioned more than once already, the story continues to stay strong and compelling. So, I once again find myself tipping my hat to the creative team at IDW for a job very well done. So with that in mind, Keep up the good work, IDW!
Pick up your copy if you haven't done so already, and if you still haven't started reading the series...what are you waiting for?
Go get started!