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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #34

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #34

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The turtles continue to lay low since their return to New York, after being in Northampton for some time. Issue thirty-four focuses on Donatello, April O'Neil, Angel Bridge, and a "friend" of Donatello's named Harold Lillja. Harold has a lot in common with Donatello, being a scientific genius, and due to this, Donatello shows him the schematics for a teleportation system that he received from the Fugitoid. April also mentions Krang and the Technodrome, and how Krang plans on using it to take over the planet. Angel looks around and notices some of Harold's inventions, but Harold keeps telling her not to touch anything.

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Angel sees something hiding under some covers, so she takes them off and sees a mechanical turtle. Confused, Donatello asks Harold what this machine is, and he explains everything about the mechanized turtle. Not having a name, Angel thinks that the name "Metalhead" is fitting for it. This is also IDW's premiere for the fan-favorite character, and it's good to see Metalhead in the comics again. Harold shows the crew how Metalhead works by ways of a remote, but soon after, Metalhead malfunctions and starts doing things on his own. His target: April O'Neil, and Donatello helps her escape from the mechanized turtle, but It's Angel, wearing an exo-suit that Harold built, that stops Metalhead from attacking. The issue ends with a cliffhanger that will make fans anxious for the next issue to arrive.

Overall, this is another great issue from the creative team. Raphael and Michelangelo don't appear in this issue at all, and harcore fans might miss seeing them. But it's all good, the story flows well, and the character placement is spot on in this issue. Seeing Metalhead's first appearance in this IDW series is refreshing too, and there's always a little something new with the reintroduction of these classic characters. I give Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issue thirty-four a four out of five stars, and the story is by Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz. Script is by Tom Waltz, art is by Mateus Santolouco, and it's colored by Ronda Pattison. Issue thirty-four has twenty-three pages, retails for $3.99, and is available now in print or on digital formats.

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