Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #35 continues the story arc with the turtles being back home in New York, seeing which allies will assist them with their war against the Foot. Last issue reintroduced Metal Head to the IDW universe, and focused on Donatello, April O’neil, and their friends Angel and Harold. This issue sees the return of fan favorites Michelangelo and Raphael, and the story begins with the two turtles leaving Rupert’s Pizza with Michelangelo carrying two pizza boxes with him. The two turtles are headed over to see Old Hob and Slash.
Then we see Casey Jones at the cemetery looking down at a gravestone. A flashback sequence is told where we see Casey having a conversation with his mom. Once the flashback sequence is over, Casey hears a voice coming from behind him, and he realizes it’s his father, now known as Hun. Hun is there to make an example of Casey Jones.
Meanwhile, back at Old Hob’s apartment, Michelangelo and Raphael finally show up and knock on the door. Michelangelo gives Slash the pizza, and the turtles talk to Old Hob. Once Hob lets them in, the turtles notice that Hob and Slash have a girl tied up hostage, and there’s a goofy mutated talking pigeon named Pete, holding her at gunpoint.
Back at the cemetery, Hun and his goons charge towards Casey, but Casey knows how to use his sporting goods to take care of Hun’s henchmen. At the same time, Old hob explains his plans with the hostage and Pigeon Pete. Slash continues to eat more pizza, and the conversation gets deeper at Hob’s apartment. Meanwhile, at the cemetery, Hun is about to pound on Casey, but an old friend comes in the nick of time to help Casey. Good conversations go bad at Hob’s apartment, experiments are being tested, which lead Slash to temporarily lose control of himself, but in the end, all is well. Casey has a conversation with Angel, and Leonardo sits and meditates with Master Splinter.
Not a bad issue, the artwork by Mateus Santolouco is just as good as it has been in the last two issues, and he captures facial expressions relatively well. The coloring is great as the scenes shift from the cemetery to Old Hob’s apartment and then back again. The story is good also, we know a war is coming against the Foot, and the protagonists have to face these minor trials before the “big show” arrives. The characterization is great in this series, we’ve seen how loyal Hun is to The Shredder, so much in fact that he would go up against his own son, Casey Jones. I give this issue a 4.5 out of 5 stars, and I’d recommend reading it. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #35 has 27 pages, retails for $3.99, and is available in print and on digital formats.