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A Very Michelangelo Christmas

Uninvited Guests Crash the TMNT Yuletide Bash

After some rough times in the last few issues, everybody can agree the beloved Ninja Turtles need a little break from turmoil. This exactly what leads Michelangelo to throw, in his words, “The Most Awesomest Christmas Party Ever!”

In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #65, all four turtles put their individual skills to use celebrating the yuletide. Mikey’s making the snacks. Donnie is on lights. Raph is in charge of security. And Leo is coordinating everybody. This being the Turtles, it’s impossible to things to go off without at least of couple of hitches.

Mikey’s “small affair” quickly spirals out of control as the Mutanimals get word of the party and show up uninvited. But the problem of the ever-growing guest list is a gift to readers as it leads to cameos from the majority of the Turtle’s supporting cast.

The Party’s About to Get out of Control

Fan favorites like Casey Jones and April O’Neil are there, of course, and they continue their will they/won’t they flirtation. There’s the Turtles’ beloved pizza deliveryman Woody ,who develops a crush on no-nonsense street brawler Angel Bridge. Baby Protoceratops Pepperoni is also on hand to devour all the pizza she can get her dinosaur hands on. And Pete the Pigeon brings his karaoke machine to belt out a few classic Christmas carols.

This is a fun, one-off Christmas special that can be enjoyed whether you,ve been following the series or not. Lots of good gags (including a great Christmas Vacation homage) and classic character beats fill this issue. There’s even a surprise cameo of a famous character taking on a Santa Claus role in the final pages. A definite Christmas treat for all TMNT fans out there.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #65, IDW Publishing, Release date December 14, 2016, Written by Tom Waltz, Art by Mateus Santolouco, $3.99

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Written by John Campbell

John has been in love with comics since he was first given an issue of "Swamp Thing" at way too young an age. He can be heard every week on the podcast "Panel on Panels" discussing all things comics and comics related. He is also a filmmaker and actor who can be seen performing in shows around the Portland area.