Story and art: Mark Bode’
*While I’m not normally inclined to call “non-canon” status on a TMNT Adventures story due to silliness, I’m afraid that’s the direction I’m gonna have to go in on this one. Considering Mark Bode’s last story, “Ninjara vs. Mondo Dog Catcher” was also a non-canon story, I feel a little better about it.
Mark Bode’ is back with another crazy weird short. I love Bode’s visual style, but his storytelling relies too much on random zaniness for my taste. The difference between cartoonists like him and Milton Knight, who both have bizarre artstyles, is that Knight follows an internal consistency in his comics. The plots may by nuts, but they follow their own logic and there’s a reason for everything that goes on. So even though those stories look as bizarre as all Hell, they make just enough sense from beginning to end to really be no wackier than the other stuff going on in TMNT Adventures.
Bode’, on the other hand, employs too much unexplained nonsense for his stories to really work inside the canon of TMNT Adventures. That doesn’t make them bad stories by any means, just that they should be taken at face value as the goofy, silly comedy pieces they are and not something with any relevance to the ongoing narrative of the title.
“E = MC Zip Lock” is a fun little romp for what it is. In a way, it feels like the Turtles have been dropped inside a Mega Man game. There’s an evil German-accented scientist that looks like Albert Einstein building robots inside his castle/fortress with designs on taking over and/or destroying the world. The mad physicist never got a name in this story, but in my head he might as well be Dr. Wily.
So from that perspective, the story is awesome.
Unfortunately, the time spent on the desert island is just a pointless diversion from the conflict. And thanks to Deviant Art, I can never look at a cartoon inflation gag the same way again. *shudder*
Grade: D+ (as in, “Dude, if Capcom had made those TMNT games for the NES we might have actually gotten a real Mega Man crossover…”)