This is another filler issue, but it pretends it’s not. It’s called “Going Down,” and it certainly does.
It starts with Bebop and Rocksteady dumping toxic waste that mutates a flatworm into an anamorphic life-form. We then cut to the Turtles recapping the events of this title since the new writing took over to Splinter and asking him what to do next, and they decide to take an active stance against Krang and the Shredder.
Okay, see that had potential.
But it’s squandered by a scene involving the Shredder in his base hiring an exterminator. Really? Your base is in a sewer, fruit-loops. I think you signed on for a rodent problem.
Anyway, the Exterminator get’s turned into a giant Cockroach who makes his way into the sewers. Both Cockroach and Flatworm (called “Wyrm”) battle over who gets to kill the Turtles, until they accidentally blow each other up.
Thankfully, we actually get a pretty good segue into the next issue, as rats run by by the dozens and the caption tells us that we get to see the Rat King next issue.
The only part of this issue that moves the overall story forward is a conversation between Shredder and Krang in which Krang mentions wanting something, and wanting to leave no stone overturned. I believe this is a reference to the TurnStone used by Mary Bones, and I like that they’re not letting that plot point dangle.
It’s not the worst, but it’s a filler issue again and it below par for this series.