As this is only a single issue I will only give it a slight review, this will be brief ( by my standards).
I think I grew up at the exact wrong time for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: too old for the original series, too young for the more radical reboots and so I hold the nefarious amphibians no real amount of nostalgia. Sure I like real turtles, ninjas are cool and the idea of them enacting feudal Japanese conflicts under modern day New York is interesting but for years i’ve always just considered them a children’s character. I mean their biology is sillily inaccurate, resembling our own more than that of an actual animal, especially when it comes to the diet; their ninjutsu skills are stylish but their swords are blunted, knocking opponents out rather than dismembering them and their stories are always closer to “Star Wars” than they are “The Hidden Fortress”. Now that I think about it I have to wonder; maybe it’s got nothing to do with time, maybe i’m just not a Turtle person?
Half an hour ago I would have thought so, but then I sat down to read this intriguingly titled issue which was both part of a prize I received at the NonCanonical show and part of an ongoing crossover that is connecting all of the IDW titles, though I had no idea what that was at the time. So I opened up the book, expecting boyish antics and exaggerated but impact less action scenes, in other words a stupid but skim able book, only to find that I was in fact the idiot. The first line of dialogue comes from the mouth of Donatello and to my surprise it wasn’t a pizza based pun, but a Lovecraft reference. The infestation in question is not one of vermin – like say turtles and rats in the sewers – nor is it some biological contagion, instead it is Cthullu and his army of betentacled beasties that infect the IDW universe; so you could say that the situation is actually quite serious.