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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

in Comics

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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News and Notes

by Alan Rapp on March 31, 2015

in News

news-and-notes-03312015Deadlline is reporting The CW’s still-untitled super-hero spin-off team-up show has cast Ciara Renée as Hawkgirl (whose complicated history and reincarnation will be part of the character)

Variety is reporting Arrow‘s Stephen Amell has signed on to play the role of Casey Jones in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel that absolutely no one is demanding

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44

by Alan Rapp on March 29, 2015

in Comics

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44The Turtles battle to stop the Technodrome while their plan to thin the ranks of The Foot is successful. Sadly its not a compelete success as the island itself is terraformed into a Dimension X environment and the one Turtle left behind must deal with the enraged Rocksteady and Bebop. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44 is a game-changing issue as IDW certainly sets out to break new ground after the fallout of this issue. Caution: Major Spoilers below!

The issue wraps up most of the ongoing storylines while opening the door for this version of Karai to become a more interesting character in the coming months. Issue #44 also gives us the return of Alopex and Angel along with the defeat of General Krang. Sadly it also marks the death of a Donatello whose loss will likely be felt in every single panel of the series from this point on. It’s a bold move likely to enrage its share of fans but it also allows the series to break with tradition and take the remaining three Turtles on a different journey than we’ve ever seen before. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Casey Jones VS. The Underworld
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Casey Jones VS. The Underworld

Left out of all the city-saving action in Dimension X, Casey Jones (Josh Peck) works to prove himself which isn’t helped when he’s taken down by the new leader of the Purple Dragons (much to the delight of the Turtles). As Leonardo (Seth Green), Raphael (Sean Astin), Michelangelo (Greg Cipes), and Donatello‘s (Rob Paulsen) spend most of the episode cleaning their home the episode follows Casey on his various adventures including picking fights with the Purple Dragons and the Shredder (Kevin Michael Richardson).

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Retreat!

by Alan Rapp on March 20, 2015

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Retreat!
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Retreat!Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Retreat! collects the first seven episodes of the show’s Third Season which is most, but not quite all, of Leonardo (Seth Green), Raphael (Sean Astin), Michelangelo (Greg Cipes), and Donatello‘s (Rob Paulsen) time in the country licking their wounds following the Kraang mutation of New York City.

Seth Green takes over the voice of the injured Leonardo with “Into the Woods” whose rehabilitation is one of the major storylines of the set. The Turtles also meet Bigfoot, deal with leftover Kraang tech which takes the appearance of April‘s (Mae Whitman) mother, fight to survive their dreams, and deal with new mutants including mutant frogs, Casey’s car, and the bizarre Chimera. The episodes aren’t without charm (such as the introduction of Crognard the Barbarian) but they’re among the weakest of the series lacking any of the trademark villains. I also find it quite odd that “Vision Quest” (the last episode of the arc) isn’t part of this collection. The single-disc DVD does include short featurettes for each of the episodes included.

[Nickelodeon, $14.98]

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  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Battle for New York
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - The Battle for New York

Wrapping up the storyline involving a mutated New York controlled by the Kraang, the two-part “The Battle for New York” introduces a new team of old faces to help the Turtles in their hour of need – The Mighty Mutanimals (Slash, Leatherhead, Dr. Rockwell, and Pigeon Pete). Although their some uneasiness to the alliance early on, particularly between Leonardo (Seth Green) and Slash, eventually the mutants find a way to work together to save the mutated populace of New York City and return them home from Dimension X.

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  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Pig and the Rhino
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - The Pig and the Rhino

Leonardo (Seth Green) and Michelangelo (Greg Cipes), Donatello (Rob Paulsen) and April (Mae Whitman), and Raphael (Sean Astin) and Casey (Josh Peck) split up in pairs, each with the remaining doses of retro-mutagen, in hopes of finding Karai (Kelly Hu). Meanwhile the newly mutated Rocksteady (Fred Tatasciore) and Bebop (J.B. Smoove) ignore Shredder‘s (Kevin Michael Richardson) orders to search for Karai choosing instead to hunt down the Turtles.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #43

by Alan Rapp on March 2, 2015

in Comics

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #43The Turtles’ plan begins to unfold as Krang and Shredder‘s forces work diligently to kill each other allowing Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo time to sneak aboard and put a stop to the Technodrome before Krang brings it online. However, trouble unfolds with the unexpected double-cross of Baxter Stockman who attempts to seize control of the Technodrome for himself.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #43 is heavy on action featuring battles between Krang and The Foot, Old Hob‘s mutant mob and Splinter verses Karai’s soldiers (offering us a short sword battle between Splinter and Karai), and the Turtles battling their way to stop Stockman from activating the Technodrome before it is too late.

The only ones not thrown into action are Alopex (who sadly doesn’t appear in the issue) and Donatello who is likely going to face the wrath of Shredder next month as, after discovering the betrayal, the leader of The Foot orders Rocksteady and Bebop to kill the Turtle. Gulp. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures #20As Leonardo, Donatello, and Raphael fight off their collective fears (including squid clowns and the Kraaang) courtesy of the Fear Mushroom, Michelangelo faces down Pizza Face who has plans to devour all of New York starting with one pizza-loving Turtle.

Despite saving the city from an impossible pizza monster (which eventually grows to Godzilla-like size) and his Mega-Pizza Kitchen of Ultimate Evil from which he plans to bake all of the city’s inhabitants, Mikey gets no credit for his save as Leonardo, Donatello, and Raphael (lost in hallucinatory fear) just assume he’s making up the entire story.

The comic’s back-up story features the Turtles struggling with a blackout. With all their favorite pizza places closed, and none of them wanting Mikey to cook, the Turtles accept their brother’s challenge of a pizza baking contest which just goes to prove that loving pizza and being able to make pizza are two very different things. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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