*The absence of Ninjara in the epilogue means this story has to take place before the Turtles visited Japan in TMNT Adventures #28.
Bob Fingerman was pretty much the worst thing to happen to TMNT Adventures. I honestly don’t know who, if anyone, liked his artwork. And if you did, I’d be fascinated to hear why. Because, holy hell, it is the most grotesquely unpalatable style I have ever seen. It makes me nauseas just to look at it.
And I’m aware that “style” is completely subjective and everyone’s tastes differ, but Fingerman’s failings go beyond just a matter of liberal artistic decisions. His work is anatomically incompetent. Just look at April’s hand in this panel:
So, Kenya’s son has just disappeared from his room; a child recovering from surgery, missing somewhere in a hospital. This is a serious matter. So how does Hector, established as a friend of Kenya's, break it to the mother?
“Kenya! Two more missing items! One, an expensive gold dress watch! The other… Your son!”
Wow. So Kenya’s missing son comes in second to a gold watch and is cataloged as an “item”? Hector’s dialogue was couched this way to create some sort of dramatic impact, as the “Your son!” part was trailed off into a second panel, with a close-up of Hector and everything. But that suspense doesn’t mean jack shit if it’s written so hilariously unrealistically.
And the story just goes on and on like this; poorly drawn characters engaging in page after page of poorly scripted dialogue with scarcely any tension or action. Then Innardo shows up and the story tries to take a turn for the humorous and absurd, but it’s all halfhearted and unenthusiastic. Innardo’s origin and motivations were kind of “neat”, and he might have made a good alternate version of Mutagen Man the more I think about it, but his entire characterization is delivered through a clunky monologue. He’s then sent to live with Bookwurm and that’s the end of that.
There is honestly nothing good about this story, save for the fact that by referencing the events of The May East Saga, it qualifies itself for being discarded alongside that story thanks to a later retcon. So there’s that.
Grade: F (as in, “Fingerman’s art is legitimately gross. It actually makes you say ‘ew’ when you see it”.)