Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #55
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Colorist: Ronda Pattison
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas; Ben Bishop; Kevin Eastman and Ronda Pattison; Robert Atkins and Simon Gough
Having had a more focused two issues dealing with Michelangelo and the Mutinimals, things break out into several threads once again. April and Casey go out for dinner with her parents and finally make a decision about their rocky relationship. After helping Angel record information on the Street Phantoms, Alopex arrives home only to receive a little brainwashing. With nowhere else to go, Michelangelo decides to go back to his old home where he ends up having a welcome reunion with his brothers. Throwing in a page about Harold and Honeycut, the issue officially just has too much going on. The four strings have little cohesion to bring them together, making the issue disjointed. A final complaint we have is one we typically don’t have with the series. One of the biggest parts of the issue deal with Casey and April as the tension comes to a boil. Throughout it Casey’s face just looks off, as though he is on drugs or roid raging. He just looks off in almost every panel, making us focus on that more than the emotional ramifications of the story. Having a fantastic book end of the Turtles reuniting after Michelangelo’s rough time at least works to keep us invested and leaving with a smile.