“The Howling of Distant Shadows” is the fifteenth issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures. It’s told from the narrative diary of April O’Neil as she tells of the Turtles exploits down the Purus and Amazonian Rivers.
This issue is full of what I like to call “plausible realism.” That is, the way April describes the landmarks and experiences, it makes it sound like perhaps the writer had actually been there at one point or another in their lives. This was before people could just Wikipedia tidbits like this. Still, it could all be fabricated. But the point is, eve if it’s a lie, it works as part of the narrative and makes the story as a whole more believable.
The Turtles come across a village that’s being terrified by a werewolf-type creature named Dreadmon. It turns out he’s been forced out of his natural habitat by strip-mining operations performed by the evil Null, first glimpsed last issue, and we get to see his henchman: the Kid, a Eastwood-esque cowboy character.
The Turtles stop the mining with the help of Dreadmon, and we seem to have a new addition to this little cast of characters we’re forming.
This issue is much better handled than the last, and although it’s not perfect it comes close. For some reason it doesn’t quite move at a good pace though. There’s something wrong with the story I can’t quite my finger on. Demoting it to 6/10.