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.
It’s actually cooler than it sounds. The dialog is peppy.
In the time between TMNT volume 1 #11 and #50, there was only one truly official, mandatory story: Return to New York, and that only lasted three issues (three amazing issues. We’ll get to those). That’s 36 issues of stories that didn’t really follow any established status quo or continuity. Sometimes a team would start a story one month, only to finish it several months later.
Somehow the cover for this issue is the one that always gets used to define this Universe, as recently as the TMNT Forever tv movie. Why? A half-naked Raphael and his three brothers riding a giant sea turtle? I don’t get it.
After sailing for some time and playing with some dolphins and sea turtles, the crew is captured by a giant underseas crab robot ship.
The story itself is, of course, seminal. This is the first appearance of April, an as such this story has been adapted in almost every form of media, as April has been the only “constant” human ally of the Turtles.
This is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #12, also known as “The Lost World.”