Here is the first issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adeventures proper, all issues before this having been a part of a mini series predating the release of the actual series. The cover is beautifully rendered by Eastman and Laird… and the icon in the top left again features Leonardo… wearing purple. Four issues, always Leo, not one in blue. I mean what the fuck.
Moving on… if I can, this issue is another adaptation of the cartoon series, featuring “The Return of the Shredder.” It begins with Mike and Leo grocery shopping, and Mike mentioning that he had chocolate chips and caramel fudge last night, to which the young woman standing near them snarls in distaste… that’s actually an amazing taste. Why wouldn’t it be? What sounds bad about that? Anyway, the store is robbed and the Turtles stop the criminals.
We then cut to Dimension X, where Shredder is begging to be sent back to Earth and eventually Krang complies… wait, what? If they can send people back, why not just do what Donatello did last issue and suck the Technodrome back to Earth? Cartoon logic is messed up.
Over at Channel 6, we get introduced to the comic versions of Irma and Vernon, who look nothing like the cartoon versions. It’s okay though, we won’t see them often in this series.
Shredder storms into a dojo and uses brute force to take it over, becoming the dojo leader and presumably making the patrons his new gang of thugs. He gets them to dress up like the Ninja Turtles (wearing all red masks again… and once again, I’ll risk assuming this is a clever nod to the original comics) and rob a bank. They’re the crooked Ninja Turtle Gang (CNTG?) and Shredder, impressed with himself, contacts Krang to let him know… who berates him, leaving Shredder to think he has one place left to turn…
That’s it. Every other issue thus far featured multiple stories, this one not even a full one. Interesting. Also, the artwork is horrible. Let’s hope the adaptations stop soon. 2/10.