This is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #12, also known as “The Lost World.” It may not look like much, but it starts one of the best arc in this series and one of the most innovative ideas in any comics adaptation.
This two-parter starts with the odd image of Rhino out in the jungle, and it’s revealed to be Rocksteady dreaming. Apparently he still has some memories of his Rhino half, indicating that his mutation into a Rhino was not just a physical one. He comments that he misses the jungle, and when things were simple.
Because things certainly aren’t simple here. Not by a long shot no-siree bob. They’re on the Technodrome, converted into a spaceship, headed for the planet Hirobyl. There, the Turtles and the newly-transformed Mary Bones (actually the warlord Cherubae in disguise) discuss the evil of Krang and their need to defeat him before he concors any more worlds with his evil.
Krang’s ship arrives and Cherubae goes to meet him, but is blasted out of the sky and drops the Turnstone to earth. Oh Christmas! The Turtles head out to find the Turnstone as the Sons of Silence (aliens from last issue) spirit away Mary Bones to lord knows where.
And here we have a pivotal moment. Krang, desperate, calls on another alien warlord named Maligna for help. He’s humbled by this insect queen, giving us reason to believe she is very powerful… he offers her help in exchange for giving her a ripe, new world: Earth. This is the start of something big, if memory serves.
The Turtles, meanwhile, make their way to a large arena where they’re met by Cuddly the Cowlick. He’s got a message from the intergalactic wrestling federation spokesmen Stump and Bean: they’ll help in the coming fight it the Turtles give them permission to televise it. They agree, and get help in the form of Wingnut, Screwloose, Leatherhead, and the cigar-chomper from issue #7 named Trap. They’ve arrived just in time, as Maligna’s army of insect-like warriors have just shown up at the arena as well.
This is an average issue. If the problem last time was that not enough happened, the problem this time is that too much happened and that nothing is given proper time. Still, I’d rather too much than too little.