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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #36

by Alan Rapp on July 23, 2014

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #36With his brothers dealing with Old Hob and Slash (see last issue), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #36 centers on Leonardo and Splinter and the introduction of a new mysterious and meddlesome character who will likely cause the Turtles more than their share of grief in the months to come.

Although we learn the Rat King‘s origins are tied to Kitsune (whom he refers to as a sister), the comic keeps the origins and past (aside from his time as the Pied Piper of Hamelin) obscured. What is clear is the Rat King has plans and designs beyond what Splinter and his son can currently upderstand and believes the Turtles may be the perfect pawns enabling the creature to put his plans into action.

Far less goofy than the character from the classic or current cartoons, this Rat King is more consistent with the comic versions we’ve seen in the past. Whatever the creature’s end goals, the introduction here makes him a major player going forward who likely could tip the balance of power in the Turtles’ war against the Shredder (if only to serve his own ends). Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures #12The main story of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures #12 features a wide range of supporting characters all suspecting the Turtles’ attempt to retrieve a package from the Post Office must make it incredibly valuable. Not realizing Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo are only attempting to retrieve a training video Michelangelo sent to a reality TV-show, Karai, the Kraang, Pigeon Pete, and Jack Kurtzman all attempt to get their hands on the mysterious package whose true contents are only damaging to April‘s self-esteem. The chaos provides plenty of humor and action ending with Mikey getting his just desserts.

The issue also includes a short back-up story involving April outwitting the Turtles to share the final two slices of pizza with Splinter and another chapter of the LEGO adventures of the Turtles showcasing their origins in LEGO form for the first time. Of the two, the LEGO tale is the more interesting back-up tale, but it’s the main story that makes this one worth picking up.

[IDW, $3.99]

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  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Vengeance is Mine
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Vengeance is Mine

Despite Splinter‘s (Hoon Lee) objections, Leonardo (Jason Biggs) leads the team into the Shredder‘s (Kevin Michael Richardson) lair to break Karai (Kelly Hu) out of the Foot Clan’s dungeon. Although Michelangelo (Greg Cipes) is injured, the plan is a success. Reuniting father and daughter, Splinter attempts to curb Karai’s need for revenge while still being truthful and sharing his history with Shredder and the events which lead to the death of Karai’s mother.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #35

by Alan Rapp on June 25, 2014

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #35Michelangelo‘s choice to visit Slash alerts the Turtles to Old Hob‘s genetic experimentation (resulting in the humorous but ridiculous Pigeon Pete) and the kidnapping of a Stockgen scientist who the mutant believes can make things work better the second time around in his attempt to create his own mutant army.

The confusion after releasing Lindsey leads to the reveal of Old Hob’s possession of Splinter‘s blood and just what it can do as Slash’s limited intelligence and understanding grows quickly to mirror that of his brothers after choosing to inject it into his body to prove he’s a true hero. The change in the character may loose Mikey a playful pal, but it opens up new possibilities for Slash moving forward (not all of which might be good for the team once Slash begins to think for himself).

Offering a little more of Angel in Harold‘s Exo-Suit, the B-story sends the former Purple Dragon to the aid of Casey whose father Hun and his goons plan to beat to death on the grave of Casey’s mother. Not exactly a Hallmark moment. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Plan 10
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Plan 10

Interrupting an early experiment by the Kraang involving their latest invention which allows the alien beings to transfer their minds into human leaders around the world paving the way for the Kraang’s takeover of the planet, Raphael‘s (Sean Astin) mind is accidentally switched with that of a Kraang.

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  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Legend of Kuro Kabuto
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - The Legend of Kuro Kabuto

When master thief Anton Zeck (J.B. Smoove) is hired by Steranko (Fred Tatasciore) to steal the Shredder‘s (Kevin Michael Richardson) helmet the ensuing chaos creates an opportunity for the Turtles to save Karai (Kelly Hu). Although his brothers are less than convinced that Karai is worth saving, Leonardo (Jason Biggs) leads the team into action as they attempt to keep the helmet away from both the high-tech thief and an assortment of enemies including Tiger Claw (Eric Bauza), Rhazar (Clancy Brown), Fishface (Christian Lanz), and the mutated Baxter Stockman.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #34

by Alan Rapp on June 11, 2014

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #34The latest issue of IDW’s current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles run introduces the beloved character of Metalhead seen in both the original and current cartoon. Choosing the make the Turtle-shaped robot created by Harold after his run-in with Baxter Stockman, Metalhead is introduced to Donatello, April, and Angel for the first time when the robot goes haywire and starts attacking them.

Redesigned to give the robot a vehicle mode, which is kinda spiffy, Metalhead proves more than a match for Donnie and is only stopped by Angel borrowing Harod’s Exo-Suit (shocking the scientist and playing on the comic’s long-running theme of characters being more than they initially appear).

Given the damage the robot sustains it may be a few issues before we see Metalhead return, but his introduction continues to deepen and enrich the current landscape of the Turtles and should please fans of various earlier versions of the character. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Wrath of Tiger Claw
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - The Wrath of Tiger Claw

The latest episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles not only brings back Tiger Claw (Eric Bauza) but also will finally force Karai (Kelly Hu) to deal with the truth of her parentage. Out for revenge, Tiger Claw beings attacking friends of the Turtles starting with Casey Jones (Josh Peck) and Mr. Murakami (Sab Shimono). Playing on the sympathies of April (Mae Whitman) and Leonardo (Jason Biggs), Karai tricks the Turtles into bringing her into their secret lair planning to lead Tiger Claw straight to them.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures #11For the second issue in a row this month’s main story centers around Michelangelo who befriends a damaged Foot robot, teaching “Sparky” the merits of heroism and even go so far as to don costumes and fight crime together as Captain Karate and Sparky. Of course Mikey isn’t quite as smooth as hiding his new pursuits from Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo as he thinks.

Goofy to be sure, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures #11 turns out to be a lot of fun as Mikey gets to live out his dreams of being a super-hero and having a sidekick – at least until Karai shows up waning to know what the Turtle has done to her robot.

While not quite as entertaining, the episode’s back-up story features the Turtles interrupting the Kraang‘s latest Mutagen experiment transforming a cut little bunny into something for the Turtles to push through a portal (after their done beating up the Kraang). Worth a look.

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  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Pizza Face
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Pizza Face

In one of the most bizarre episodes of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon yet, Michelangelo (Greg Cipes) becomes suspicious of Antonio’s Pizza-Rama whose latest pizza pies are living creatures who turn those who eat them – like April (Mae Whitman), Leonardo (Jason Biggs), Donatello (Rob Paulsen), Raphael (Sean Astin), and Splinter (Hoon Lee) – into zombies.

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