We finally reach “The Final Conflict” here in TMNT Adventures #13, and we learn, hilariously, that Mary Bones wasn’t speaking of some giant, actual conflict… but the name that the wrestling company puts on the Turtles’ fight they’re televising.
We get some more glorious satire with Stump and Sling before heading into the battle proper, where Raphael and Trap beat the heck out of Maligna’s warrior children.
This is very much an all-action issue, much like the Stump Wrestling story from issue #7, but unlike that issue the action is well done. And it’s not the art or even the dialog, it’s that we know there’s something at stake other than simply winning the fight for winning’s sake. That said, there’s not much to talk about. Wingnut, Screwloose and Leatherhead all get some good moments, and you call tell the writer’s have some affinity for them.
Things get intense when Trap shoots an alien in the face, and he and Leonardo get into it. Leonardo hates guns, a point that will be brought up time and time again in this series, and it’s a point I like very much.
Leatherhead gets thrown from the arena, but lands almost on top of the Turnstone. He uses it to bring Cherubae back from wherever she disappeared to. He asks her why she turned him into a monster, and she lays some metaphysical stuff on him, claiming that only he could have found the Turnstone and saved the day. He doesn’t buy it, but gives her the Turnstone anyway.
She uses it’s power as a kind of duex et machina, trapping the Shredder, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady all at once. She sends Bebop and Rocksteady to a planet that’s completely overtaken by rainforest, where they can finally be a Rhino and a Warthog like they always wanted to be. And they like it there.
She sends Shredder to jail. Awesome.
She sends Krang to a waste-dump prison world called Morbus, where he’ll remain trapped.
And this is where this series takes a major turn. Shredder and Krang don’t return. In a ploy to make this series different from the cartoon, they decided to get rid of the villains that showed up every episode of the TV show. And I applaud this approach, it’s truly smarter writing and makes this adaptation better than what it came from.
The second thing they changed… well, we’ll get into that next issue, but this issue ends with the Turtles getting a ride back to Earth in Cuddly the Cowlick’s mouth. 9/10, with the extra point added for the bold direction this issue starts.