- Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Return to New York
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With Leonardo (Dominic Catrambone) finally healed the Turtles return to the Kraang-controlled New York City in hopes of finding Splinter (Hoon Lee) and Karai. Finding a near empty city with little sign of the mutate populaced, the Turtles journey back into the sewers where they find their father… but not quite how they left him. After months of the Turtles’ country exile it’s good to see the foursome back in their natural habitat.
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Trapped inside a sinking Kraang Laboratory at the bottom of the ocean Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures #18 offers the conclusion to last month’s story as Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael will have to put aside their feelings and work alongside Tiger Claw, Razah, and the bug-eyed Baxter Stockman to survive.
Of course the solid (if unexceptional) adventure ends in the villains betraying the heroes (just as Raphael predicted) but the quick thinking of the Turtles allows the group to make it home safely while sending their enemies on an unexpected side trip which is sure to infuriate them even more.
The holiday-themed back-up story offers a bit more enjoyment as Mikey freaks out discovering he’s been chosen as Raphael’s Secret Santa. However, knowing his brother so well, Mikey eventually comes up with the best present anyone could ever give Raph for Christmas. Worth a look.
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As Splinter, Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo continue training with Old Hob‘s new army of mutants to go to war against the Shredder and the Foot Clan, Donatello continues his attempt to form a shaky peace with his father’s enemy realizing that the imminent threat of the Krang is a far bigger danger than continuing old blood feuds.
Teased for months, we finally get multiple images of the Technodrome in action as the Krang’s battle station nears completion which will likely set off some action-heavy issues in the months to come and possibly cause some serious fall-out between Donnie and his brothers over the Turtle’s choice of new friends.
Rounding out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #41 the issue also offers glimpses into Casey and April‘s current life away from their friends while Baxter Stockman and Professor Honeycutt come to their own understanding about the Technodrome and the looming destruction of all mankind. Worth a look.
Heroes, spies, detectives, samurai and ninja, vampire slayers, talking animals, and galactic adventurers. Looking back at the year in comics, these are the ongoing comic book series which continued to entertain, delight, surprise, and fascinate me over the year. It was a good year for women (and crazy gun-wielding raccoons) in comics with four of my top ten comics all helmed by lead female characters and a number of other female characters dominating issues of nearly every title on this list. Here are the top ten ongoing comic series of the year…
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Pitting three of the four Turtles, Angel, Alopex, Slash, and Old Hob‘s new mutant band up against Rocksteady and Bebop, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #40 demonstrates just how formidable a pair the two mutants are as the group is at best only to fight Rocksteady and Bebop to a standstill (even after dropping a building on their heads).
Those waiting for a full-on action issue won’t be disappointed, although the far less action-packed subplot between Casey and April’s father grows the relationship between the two characters but mostly gets in the way of more awesome action. The extended fight sequence is great, and Donatello‘s own actions at the end of the issue foreshadow unusual days to come, but I’m most happy with the return of Alopex who has apparently found her home in the city with Angel. The panels between the arctic fox and Raphael are ridiculously cute and I’m hoping we’ll see far more of her in the future (along with a toy!). Worth a look.
Old Hob‘s would-be mutant army gets its first test when Pigeon Pete accidentally leads Rocksteady and Bebop right to them. Of course, it doesn’t take long for all hell to break loose. Realizing the danger her former enemies are in, Alopex steps out of the shadows and enlists the help of Angel and her high-tech suit. Donatello it seems has other plans.
More concerned with the events in Dimension X and the construction of the Technodrome nearing completion, Donatello leaves the group to enlist the help of Harold and work towards stopping the Krang invasion of Earth which he sees as a far greater threat that the Shredder‘s vendetta against Splinter and his family. I don’t expect this split to last all that long but it does open Donnie up for his own storylines while opening a spot on the team for my favorite new character of the series. Yeah, I’m pretty happy Alopex is back in action once more (now would somebody get busy making me a figure?). Worth a look.
The main story of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures #16 features Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael following their senei around New York City on a wild goose chase all to discover where Splinter disappears to every year on this day. The chase leads the Turtles to battle Mousers, Fishface, and Rahzar, but end up no closer to learning about the moment Splinter spends in secret with his daughter in honor of her birthday.
The issue’s back-up story centers mainly on Donnie who is stuck fixing the Shellraiser when it breaks down and his brothers leave to persue Foot soldiers. He also must deal with (and attempt to hide from) a random pedestrian who offers his help to fix the van, but proves to be more useful than Donnie gives him credit for.
Both stories prove to be fun as Splinter is able to teach his sons a lesson about respecting his privacy while providing them with a nightly adventure that was more than they bargained for. Donnie’s story, while goofy, offers some fun moments as well such as the man’s statement to the cops about the crazy night. Worth a look.
When Splinter‘s deal with Old Hob is brought to light it creates a rift in the recently restored family. As Donatello refuses to part of the vendetta against Shredder with the larger threat of the Krang invasion looming Splinter leads Raphael, Michelangelo, and Leonardo to discuss Hob’s plans of a growing mutant army and meet his two latest creations.
The issue also continues Angel‘s training in the Exo-Suit (which draws the attention of a curious observer foreshadowing a possible new friend for the arctic fox?).
Donnie’s departure is unexpected but certainly makes sense from the his point of view weighing the severity of threats against the Turtles and the world. Along with a cameo from Pete and teasing the return of Rocksteady and Bebop in next month’s issue, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #38 introduces Herman and Mondo Gecko who despite their looks (and lack of training) have been well-armed to be a part of Hob’s army. Of course just how far Hob plans to take his mutants-first crusade, and how long Splinter will support him, will have to be seen. Worth a look.
- Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Invasion
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The Second Season finale of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is rather bleak for our heroes in a half-shell. Perfecting the Mutagen, agreeing to a partnership with the Shredder (Kevin Michael Richardson) and his Foot Clan, and using Irma (Kate Micucci) to discover the secret location of the Turtles’ home deep inside the New York sewers, the Kraang‘s invasion of the city begins as the aliens start transforming New York into another Dimension X.
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