REVIEW: TMNT #78 (My Dad Punched a Dinosaur!)

The Tricereton Invasion of Earth has begun. This has been kept quiet by the efforts of both Agent Bishop and the Foot Clan. Wait What?!The turtles may just be stuck on the wrong side of the battle this time.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  #78
Writer: Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, & Bobby Curnow

Artist: Damian Couceiro
Cover Artist: Damian Couceiro
Colorist: Ronda Pattinson
Publisher: IDW Comics 

What You Need to Know:
The Triceratons have attacked New York with a Scouting Party. They Battled the combined forces of Bishop and the Foot Clan.Not ones to retreat, they regrouped into the sewers, where they met the Turtles. They explained that they are an advanced landing party for a full-scale invasion.

Splinter rescues Bishop and offers him an alliance with the Foot Clan. Bishop is reluctant, yet seems to accept this as the best course of action, at least for now.

What You’ll Find Out:
Faced with the decision, Bishop Travels to meet the US Senator to ask for aid. He tells them that the media has it under wraps, but it’s only a matter of time before the public is aware of the existence of the Aliens, and Mutants for that matter.

The Senator, who incidentally knew Bishop’s Father during the war, agrees and gives his full support.

Chanel 6’s very own Burne Thompson is on the scene. He is reporting the destruction, but it seems that very few have actually witnessed the Aliens or their ships. They are reporting this as a domestic battle, but getting closer to the real story.


As the Triceraton look for a rendezvous point, a hapless old drifter named Lester wanders by. They call him a spy and attempt to eliminate him. That is until the Purple Dragons and Casey Jones politely ask them to leave.


Though they may have speed on their side the battle does not go well with Sporting equipment vs Futuristic Alien Hardware. That is until Casey’s Dad shows up! He levels the Triceraton with a single furious punch to the jaw. Looks like the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree.

Casey and his Dad Hun.

There is a side plot with some characters who are trying to make it out of the city as well, but it seems minor at the moment. But they manage to get footage on to Youtube of the Triceratons vs the Purple Dragons.

What Just Happened:
We finally get our first glimpse of the Turtles here. Leonardo tells them to be patient as they go to visit the head of the Foot Clan, their Father Master Splinter. They tell him that this is a misunderstanding, and are seeking a peaceful resolution with Commander Zom.

Splinter will hear nothing of this and Confines the Turtles to the Compound to keep them safe. He has already set his plans in motion and has just received word that his “Ally” has been provided with the reinforcements that they need to defeat the Triceraton Invasion.


Rating: 8/10

Final Thought: As tension builds and the cast assembles, we are primed for the invasion of the Planet Earth. Tempered by all the parties involved, and the moral implications from the Alien Tribunal the Turtles are caught between a Rock and a hard place. Things are heating up here in the Sewers! Check out Issues #77 and 78, and see the beginning of the next epic chapter in the Turtles Lives!

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