As seen in the TMNT Free Comic Book Day issue back in May 2017, the Ninja Turtles are heading to Dimension X to help out the Neutrinos for the Trial of Krang. Court cases are rarely exciting endeavors, but fortunately, Leo, Mikey, Raph, and Donny aren’t acting as lawyers (yet). Instead, they’re tasked with finding and bringing in witnesses to testify against Krang before an assassin named Hakk-R, takes them out.
While Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #73 from IDW Publishing has a bit of a mafia court trial vibe, it doesn’t offer much in the way of new information. If you read the FCBD issue, you’ve seen just about everything in this issue already, right down to Hakk-R’s involvement. Whereas that comic has the Turtles talking about going to Dimension X, here is where they actually do it.
It is fun to see the Turtles interact with a variety of alien creatures. They fit right in here. Artist Cory Smith really drives home the otherworldly aspects of the planet Neutrino. The architecture is very mechanical and foreign, like everything is made out of Transformers and batteries. It’s like a 1980s version of the future.
This is matched by Ronda Pattison’s colors, which give Neutrino a neon vibe. It’s a nice contrast to the dingy New York City sewers where the issue begins.
There is one scene in particular that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Since the Turtles have helped out Neutrino in the past, they’re seen as honored guests. Smith delivers a stunning two-page spread showing the royal welcome they receive. Writer Tom Waltz has Michelangelo say what we’re all thinking in a true fanboy moment. It works very well and reminds you that these are teenagers after all.
Hakk-R is a formidable foe and something the Turtles can’t just knock out with their weapons. He’s basically a blob that loosely resembles a humanoid, adjusting his form as needed. If you remember Inque from Batman Beyond, he’s kind of like that. Tentacles spiral outward, allowing him to battle multiple opponents at once.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #73 serves a number of purposes. It not only rehashes the information first revealed in the FCBD issue, but it also serves as an introduction to the TMNT: Dimension X weekly mini-series which follows the Turtles on their quest to find the witnesses for the trial. We’ll pick up here after they have presumably finished rounding everyone up. This issue also makes IDW’s TMNT series the longest running Ninja Turtles comic ever, surpassing Archie’s TMNT Adventures. The publisher and the creative team shows no sign of stopping.