Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #81

Writer: Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman Artist: Dave Wachter Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: April 11, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 3
7.7Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

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"Kingdom of the Rats," Part 1. New York City is in ruins after the Triceraton Invasion. Various groups jockey for control in the power vacuum. But there is one who doesn't care about power, only chaos... the Rat King! Will the TMNT be able to stop him from doing the unspeakable?  

  • 8.2
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Apr 10, 2018

    TMNT #81 is a setup issue, but it is a good setup issue. The new status quo is set and the Rat King comes back to visit New York City. I am pretty sure there is also a heavy The Warriorshomage going on in a gang fight scene. That being one of my favorite movies, TMNT gets bonus points. There are a lot of moving pieces and things going on in the TMNT Universe at the moment and this issue gets the reader caught up on all of that, or at least the major points. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper Apr 18, 2018

    A huge step up in Artwork! This is a fun story that is just getting started. Old enemies, new alliances, and fragile friendships. We continue to hear the spot on character dialogue that we come to expect in this series ( Except with Splinter that I am still struggling to truly understand). Good book to jump into the action, since the lackluster arc ending issue #80. Check this one out, it looks like some old fashion Turtle Fun! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Apr 13, 2018

    If you are not reading Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles you are seriously missing out. With every issue the story between the pages keeps you hooked and wanting more. As a Ninja Turtles fan this series is one of the best comic books around. With the new Rat King Story arc, we will see Leo, Mikey, Donnie, and Raph try to rebuild New York, fight a new army, and try to get their family back together. Be sure to pick up this series, you want be disappointed. Cowabunga Dude! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Apr 10, 2018

    Ultimately then, while the actual progression is fairly minimal here, this feels like an almost tangible slowing down of things after the cartoony chaos of the Triceraton Invasion. It also serves as a welcome return to the great character work and multi-layered storytelling that has made this series such a runaway success for the past six years, and I cant wait to see where this new arc leads. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Apr 11, 2018

    Those who haven't seen the Turtles in a while would be pleased with what they are about these days. The drama and edginess has returned to close to the darkness and sociopathy of the original. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Apr 11, 2018

    A solid, if not momentous, issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Alloy Press Mar 6, 2021

    I love the way the turtles Are drawn and this issue as a whole had some beautiful moments artistically. Ending was whatever but the rest of the issue was a good enjoyable read.

  • 7.0
    myconius Apr 11, 2018

    definitely an improvement for the series.
    a step in the right direction at least!

    a good issue, cant say it was a great issue though. it really started losing me towards the middle. i think Tom Waltz needs to ease back on the set-ups and focus more on moving his plot. the story has been dragging for WAY too long and needs to get going.

    there were some cool moments like the Leo/Splinter meditation juxtaposition.

    i'm not a fan when the Ninja Turtles are written so goody goody and sanctimoniously.
    like they are the moral beacon of goodness for the entire universe or something.
    they come off as very two dimensional when they are written like that.

    hope the improvements continue, and it more

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  • 8.5
    ÜberGinger Apr 20, 2018

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