Welcome to the first issue of Mighty Mutanimals, titled appropriately “The Wild Angels.” This series, and the characters within it, were one of the reasons I really wanted to write these reviews in the first place. I really love this whole arc and the dynamic of the Mutanimals. Also, the way their story ends is one of the strangest and most epic in comic book history, if I do say so myself.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. This issue, like the cover to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #19, starts with Cherobyl looking into the Turnstone and recapping the story thus far to us. The story proper begins with Jaguar, Dreadmon and May Ray watching in horror as the meteor in front of them cracks open and thousands of maligna larvae start squirming out towards them.
We then cut to Stump and Sling, who are being held captive by Maligna herself and are about to be executed. They’re rescued just in the nick of time by Leatherhead, Wingnut and Screwloose, who have been in their employ since their respective first appearances. They learn that Maligna is planning to attack Earth, and the three of them hitch a ride on Cuddley the Cowlick to get there and save it.
We cut back to the Turtles, Mondo Gecko, Splinter, and April; who are all still held captive bu Null and his henchmen following the events of TMNTA # 19. Splinter calls on the rats of New York City to save them, and they get into another brawl with Skull and Bean. Skull, Bean and Null escape, but not before Mondo Gecko and Rapheal hitch a ride on their spacecraft.
Back in Africa, May Ray and the gang are examining the malignoids’s behavior. Here is were the comic, like many TMNT and Mutanimal comics, tries to lay a little science on the reader. Some of it works. For instance, when one malignoid larvae is seen eating another, May Ray reacts with disgust… but also knows many creatures in nature will do this. This is solid characterization and therefore holds up. However, when Jaguar screams about the rain-forest it’s… not so much. Maybe its just the gap in time talking because of the backlash of all those rain-forest movies, but I’m really not liking Jaquar as much as I did as a kid. Call me crazy.
The three of them run over a hilltop to get away from the malignoids, only to find that Cuddly the Cowlick is there, having been shot down by aliens upon entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
I love this comic. There’s so much going on, and it’s all awesome. This is the culmination of everything that the series has been leading up to since it starting writing for itself way back in TMNTA #4. All great. if it wasn’t for that one bit of trouble with Jaguar, it’d be perfect.