Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Furrlough #52



Published by: Radio Comix
Publication date: April, 1997

Story: Dean Clarrain
Art: Chris Allan

“Chapter Three: Seed of Destruction”

Summary:

Sneaking into Seirankai Laboratories in the dead of night, Ninjara finds entrance through a ventilator shaft. She locates the gilgamesai seed hovering in a stasis field, but before she can snatch it, several armed guards show up. She kills one with a pair of shuriken, while the second opens fire. A third leaps at her from behind, but she judo-flips him into the second guard’s line of fire, killing him.



Ninjara and the second guard are at a standoff. Ninjara offers him the opportunity to leave with his life, as it is only a seed he is protecting. The guard refuses, fearing the repercussions of his employer, and opens fire. Ninjara dodges the bullets and slices off the guard’s leg.



She then approaches the stasis field with the seed in it, wondering what could possibly be so important about the thing. As she plucks it out of the field, the silhouette of a female cat-mutant appears behind her, ready to pounce...


Turtle Tips:

*This story is continued from Furrlough #48.

*Page 4 was mistakenly printed as Page 2 in this issue.

*Due to various other professional obligations, Murphy and Allan were never able to complete the serial and it remains unresolved.


Review:

And Ninjara’s furry serial comes to a cliffhanger conclusion. I hope you weren’t too interested in the thing, as you’ll likely never see it completed. Viacom owns Ninjara lock, stock and barrel, now (Murphy and Allan have revealed that they no longer own the character rights) and I doubt a family-friendly multinational corporation would fund continuing a blood and nudity-filled serial originally published in a book for bestiality fetishists. And you’ll probably never see these three chapters reprinted anywhere, either. Lacking a conclusion means they’ll never be collected on their own, and the adult material means they could never be included in a TMNT Adventures collection as a curiosity.

No, these things are pretty much doomed to be forgotten.

It’s sort of a shame, too, as I rather liked the story and the setting and especially Allan’s art… I just thought the “adult” tones were really gratuitous and unnecessary, adding absolutely nothing to the comic.

This third and final chapter is probably my favorite of the bunch, as it excludes the nudity and juvenile cursing, sticking to the action. Ninjara is a bit too ruthless, for my tastes, killing the first two guards without hesitation (the first guard offered her a chance to surrender and she “fired” first, while the third guard tried to subdue her without killing her). She offers the second guard a chance to leave with his life, and through his dialogue we learn that he works for some unsavory characters, so I guess we’re supposed to forgive her as she was only killing “bad guys”.

No idea who the cat-woman at the end was going to turn out to be. I’m assuming it’s a cat-woman, as that’s what the silhouette looks like, but who can be sure?

Anyway, I think the Ninjara serial had a good story at its core that got ruined due to the medium it was being published in (a furry stroke mag). The preoccupation with being “adult” undermined its positive qualities and put it in such a narrow niche that there’s no way we could ever see the chapters reprinted. All in all, I appreciate the gesture, but the end result was just a bad idea.

5 comments:

T4_was_here said...

>Viacom owns Ninjara lock, stock and barrel, now (Murphy and Allan have revealed that they no longer own the character rights)
If she shows up in the new cartoon I will spit-take.
And funny to see you going back for this.
Did not see that coming.
Also it wont be forgotten do to piracy.(arrrr)
Thats how I got it, years ago, and the Ninjara stuff only at that.
And its still out there, just saying.

John Pannozzi said...

Chris Allan basically told me that he feels that he and Murph were too distracted by other things going on in their lives at the time to really give the Ninjara serial their all, but that they probably could do a much better now, so it's not like they're disinterested in continuing this.

But you raise an interesting point. If Nick/Viacom wouldn't want this stuff reprinted, then what about certain other edgy TMNT material, like Bodycount for instance.

Adam Winters said...

I always assumed that Mezcal was a descendent of Ninjara. At the very least, this story provides some evidence that she did have an heir in Moko, so maybe Mezcal was a product of her family tree.

Tamar The Ebonyleopard said...

I think calling the publication, Furrlough a "book for bestiality fetishists" not only does the publisher of the book a disservice in how inaccurate a critique it is, but it also discredits all of the artist and writers that submitted stories to that anthology. Furrlough as it sounds was a book dedicated to military stories using anthropomorphic characters as the protagonist. It was born out of the same military/sci-fi theme as the book Albedo, which for those in TMNT know how know was the birth place of our beloved character Usagi Yojimbo. It was a book were artist and writers could submit stories for publication. There were no guidelines of how the stories were to be submitted other than they could not be more than PG and had to fit the action/adventure/military/sci-fi. theme the book had become. If you don't like the "adult tones" of the Ninjara story then don't blame the book or publisher for that. That was apparently a decision solely dictated by Ninjara's creators.

Labeling something "bestiality fetishists" is rather ironic when talking about a female anthro fox characters with large breast from the moment of her first appearance in the Archie series and her "Femaleness" being probably the primary reason of her popularity originally at all in a male 'mutant' dominated comic series that had seen little to no other female mutant characters prior or since.

Jason Canty said...

"bestiality fetishists"? Ehh some furry fans could have that fetish... I don't ask.

Furlogh is more of a later Teen and Military-esque stories featuring Anthro Characters.

The Book "genus" however.. yeah that was more for the "adult" aduince with err sexual content.

As for Ninjara being bought by Viacom? I heard that as a roumor if true shame. I've been working my own small press comic company to a position to try to get the rights to her Oh well. :/