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REVIEW: TMNT: The Armageddon Game #1

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REVIEW: TMNT: The Armageddon Game #1

Book Title: TMNT: The Armageddon Game #1

Book Description: In his lifetimes we have seen Shredder as many things. He’s been a ninja master. He’s been a warlord. He’s been a crime boss. Now we’re seeing him in a new light: hero. The Rat King is creating another game to play with his immortal siblings. The prize for this game is planet Earth. To spice things up a bit the Rat King is adding some additional players. Madame Null, Krang, and Baxter Stockman are all eager participants. If Shredder is to have any success against such formidable foes he must first go on a journey to the past. Through memories he can see weaknesses in each of his opponents. What do they fear? How can they be overcome? The Rat King’s sister, Kitsune, will be his guide. They begin with the Utrom, Krang. Krang was a general before finding himself on Earth. He was ruthless, yet cunning. He was a conqueror. Now he is forced to use Leatherhead as a host. We can see the power struggle in this parasite/host relationship. Kitsune uses her powers to allow herself and Shredder to gain access to Krang’s memories. We are taken back to Dimension X where Krang is leading (and winning) an assault. When the Nova Squadron appears Krang has a change of heart and orders a retreat. What about the Nova Squadron frightens Krang? We’ll have to wait and see.

Book Author: Tom Waltz

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: IDW Publishing

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Illustrator: Fero Pe

  • Story
    (4.2)
  • Interior Art
    (4.2)
  • Cover Art
    (4)
  • Dialogue
    (3.6)
  • Mechanics
    (3.7)
  • Editing
    (3.8)
3.9

Summary

“TMNT: The Armageddon Game” was a brainchild Tom Waltz had almost two years ago. He worked on the idea when time allowed to make sure he got it right. It shows. The story is very well thought out. It makes connections to events in the ninja turtle universe over the past seven years while still giving us new content.

I liked how the story didn’t focus on the turtles. Except for a couple of cameos, they are not relevant to this story. This story is about Shredder and how he has grown as a person. 

I was very fond of this cover. To me it’s a “who’s who” of my favorite TMNT characters. Rat King looks psychotic as ever. Shredder looks ready to take on any and all comers. Krang using Leatherhead as a host is what sealed the deal for me. I had to pull the trigger on this book.

Fero Pe’s artwork coupled with Ronda Pattison’s coloring commands your attention on page one and never lets go. The artwork reminds me of when Jim Lee did the artwork for “Hush”. This is something special.

There is a lot of history in this book. I would be remiss if I didn’t give acknowledgment to Mr. Beacham for giving us all the necessary references to key events that are discussed. With so many over such a long timeframe he has his work cut out for him.

The cover price of “TMNT: The Armageddon Game” #1 runs a couple of dollars more than your standard fare. When you get into the story you see where that money goes. As a geek on a budget I believe this book is a gift to the TMNT purists that can tell you about everything, chapter and verse. The casual TMNT fan may not appreciate some of the finer details; but it won’t keep them from enjoying this story.

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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