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  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Creeping Doom
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - The Creeping Doom

It’s all Mikey‘s (Greg Cipes) fault! Goofing off in Donatello‘s (Rob Paulsen) lab, Michaelangelo not only exposes Donatello to a chemical that slowly makes Donnie dumber but his actions also result in the creation of not one, not two, but three villains for the rest of the Turtles to band together to fight. Accidentally releasing the Creep who in turn uses the remains of Snakeweed to create Son of Snakeweed, the Turtles barely manage to defeat the pair only to see them combine into the monstrous Creepweed.

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  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Attack of the Mega Shredder!
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Attack of the Mega Shredder!

Returned to New York from their travels in time, the adventures of the Turtles get no less bizarre when they attempt to use stealth to sneak into Shredder‘s (Kevin Michael Richardson) lair. Despite Donatello‘s (Rob Paulsen) latest invention, the team’s first attempt ends in only getting Raphael (Sean Astin) injured and drawing Splinter‘s (Hoon Lee) ire. Leonardo (Seth Green) and Michelangelo‘s (Greg Cipes) second attempt only creates more trouble as their capture inadvertently causes the creation of the gigantic Mega Shredder (think a Godzilla creature but with more Picasso thrown in) the Turtles need their pals to help take down.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #48

by Alan Rapp on August 13, 2015

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #48In an action-heavy issue Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #48 moves the title one-step closer to its concluding 50th issue as Splinter, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Robo-Donatello fight for their lives against the seemingly never-ending supply of Mousers and Flyborgs controlled by the Shredder and Baxter Stockman. Even with the arrival of back-up in Alopex and Angel things look bleak for our heroes.

Aside from the action, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #48 also begins to foreshadow events which will play out over the course of the series’ final two issues. Old Hob‘s decision to liberate Hun from the police is likely going to cause its share of trouble. And despite finally having the upper hand over the Turtles, it appears the Shredder may need to watch his back as his control of the Foot Clan may be in danger of slipping away.

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  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Tale of the Yokai
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Tale of the Yokai

Before returning home, the Turtles’ time-traveling adventures continue as the find themselves trapped in Japan of the recent past where a battle between brothers will set the stage for their existence. In a homage to Back to the Future, the Turtles begin to see their loved ones disappear from a picture on their Turtle Phone as they realize, despite how much they want to, they are unable to change the past without drastically effecting their future.

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  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Turtles in Time
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“You shall forever be stuck in the confines of time!”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Turtles in Time

“Turtles in Time” reimagines another familiar face for fans of previous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles incarnations on both television and in comics when Time Master Apprentice Renet (Ashley Johnson) arrives from the future to enlist the Turtles’ help in dealing with the evil Savanti Romero (Graham McTavish). As with previous version of the character, Renet is presented as an impulsive teenage fangirl of the Turtles whose help she will need to stop the rogue Time Master from rewriting time itself.

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  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Return to NYC!
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Return to NYC!The latest single-disc collection of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles includes the group’s final adventure before returning to New York and the first six episodes of their return following the Kraang takeover and transformation of their home. The set primarily focuses on the Turtles working to put their family back together and reclaiming the streets of New York from the Kraang.

The episodes include Casey Jones‘ (Josh Peck) attempt to prove his worth, the two-part “Battle for New York,” the Turtles’ search for Karai (Kelly Hu), and the long-awaited introduction of the newly mutated Rocksteady (Fred Tatasciore) and Bebop (J.B. Smoove).

Even with Rocksteady and Bebop finally making an appearance the set lacks a real stand-out episode that is a must-have. That said, the episodes are all solid and fans collecting these single-disc collections (and don’t mind the continued lack of extras) should still enjoy themselves.

[Nickelodeon, $14.98]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #46

by Alan Rapp on June 4, 2015

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #46The adventures of three Turtles and a robot begin here as the IDW series continues toward its end in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #50. Along with seeing Donatello get use to his new existence inside Metalhead we also get several other storylines all of which will likely converge as the series wraps up in just a few months.

The apparent death of the Shredder means it’s time for Karai to take control of the Foot Clan. Casey has another run in with his father. The series continues to tease the growing relationship of Raphael and Alopex (a character I desperately want to see show up as both a toy and in the current animated series). And last but not least April discovers a scroll foreshadowing a new threat to the city in the final issues by introducing the idea of immortal warriors who have returned once again to bring death and destruction.

For a single issue Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #46 tackles quite a lot, and I’m not sure how all of these threads will get woven together and fully addressed in only four issues, but I’ll stick around to find out. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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News and Notes

by Alan Rapp on May 27, 2015

in News

Brittany IshibashiDeadline is reporting that Brittany Ishibashi has been cast as Karai in the upcoming sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Variety is reporting Tilda Swinton is in talks to join Marvel’s Doctor Strange

Den of Geek has a rundown of what we know so far about NBC’s upcoming Heroes Reborn

The Playlist is reporting Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s return to the Conan franchise will ignore all other Conan films and be a direct sequel to the events of Conan the Barbarian

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  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Deadly Venom
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - The Deadly Venom

With Baxter Stockman (Phil LaMarr) having perfected his new mind-control worms the Shredder (Kevin Michael Richardson) sends Karai (Kelly Hu) out to destroy the Turtles. First poisoning April O’Neil (Mae Whitman) and then Casey Jones (Josh Peck), Karai picks off the group one by one until only Leonardo (Seth Green) remains.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #45

by Alan Rapp on May 5, 2015

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #45Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #45 immediately walks back last month’s shocking cliffhanger and the death of Donatello at the hands of Rocksteady and Bebop. The return of the Fugitoid brings new hope to the shocked family and offers a slim chance to save their fallen brother.

I understand the reasoning to bring Donnie back in some form, but wwith the announcement of the current series concluding with issue #50 the series flees from a real opportunity to delve into the change in the group dynamic following Donnie’s death. I have no doubt Robot Donnie will turn out to have an interesting arc over the final five issues but with the Foot Clan looking for revenge and the Turtles down a man there were several other (albeit it bleaker) paths for the story to go down.

The issue also gives us Casey (seemingly fully-healed from his life-threatening injuries) hitting the streets and teases a new partnership for the Shredder and Baxter Stockman which will also likely play a role in the final arc of the series. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.50]

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