TMNT New Animated Adventures #9

Byerly, Brizuela, Thomas, Breckel

SPOILER ALERT!

I will most certainly be SPOILING!

Hey there, Turtle fans! This week I take a look at the turtle series inspired by the new television show on Nickelodeon. Already, from looking at the cover, I love the art. It looks like a stylized version of the CGI character models from the show. This cover shows a nostalgic character from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles of the past: Metal Head.

We open on Raphael hanging out with Donatello while he makes some adjustments to Metal head, which is a robotic ninja turtle. Raphael, in his usual snarky manner, is making fun of his brothers feats of engineering. The red masked ninja pushes his brother too far, and the end up in the dojo, where, of course, Raphael is the stronger of the two.

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Later, Leonardo is trying to convince Raphael that he handled the situation poorly when an explosion tosses Donatello into the room. Metalhead has gone BERSERK! The robot quickly dispatched Leonardo, who is the only turtle on top of the situation enough to try and stop it, before it sprints up the stairs and onto the streets of New York. Catching the metallic menace machine is difficult, as Donatello has recently upgraded it with the ability to fly.

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Our heroes in a half shell hop in their go-carts and streak off after him, tracking him to the library. A brief fight ensues where Metalhead is easily holding his own against both Leonardo and Michelangelo before turning his attention to the other half of our ninja team. Under a barrage of laser fire, Raphael admits that he was wrong and Donatello reveals that this was all a prank to get back at Raph. Raphael had figured this out however, and had stolen the controller, before he can give it back, one of Metalhead’s shots knock it to the ground destroying it.

Now, with no program and an escalating level of mayhem, the four brothers are in a race to stop the now truly out of control turtle-bot. Leonardo and Michelangelo attach their go-cart to the airborne rampaging robot and find themselves flying in the air themselves! Raph and Donnie try to find a way to end this and find a way to forgive each other in the process. Leonardo tries to get to Metalhead by climbing the wire connecting them, and is rewarded by a strike that almost leaves him a streak of turtle-soup on the ground.

Donatello has figured out a plan, and with his older brother’s help, creates a trap for the artificial amphibian. Leonardo disconnects and drives his cart in a death defying race across the cities rooftops, leading Metalhead all the way. The cord attached to the robot tangles onto a metal post and Donnatello electrifies it, overloading Metalhead’s batteries. Talk about shell shocked! Unfortunately, this also cuts the power to the whole neighborhood and the turtles are forced to retreat below the streets once more.

Besides a small punishment from Master Splinter and a small story about Raphael’s epic fight with a purple dragon, this wraps up the issue.

All in all, this book is a fun read, with just enough depth for the readers that are also the demographic for the show. It is good clean fun with some easy moral messages for kids of all ages. I’d say that the new animated adventures are worth every penny your not spending on pizza.

My Rating: 4 / 5