*Headrush will return in “Be a Star”.
*Due to the lack of Ninjara but the presence of Cudley the Cowlick, this story has to take place somewhere between the story arcs of TMNT Adventures #22 and TMNT Adventures #28. Personally, I just slap it in after TMNT Adventures #25 because eh, why not?
*Cudley the Cowlick last appeared in “Cleaver’s Critters”.
“Full Circle” is the kind of story I wish I could place way earlier in the series, like between TMNT Adventures #4 and TMNT Adventures #5, as it deals with the Turtles acting pretty immature and learning a simple lesson. Cudley, though, throws a wrench into the mix and due to that, it’s basically a story where the Turtles forget everything they’ve ever learned and regress back into simpletons for the purpose of relaying a generic message about teamwork to the audience. Boooo!
Letterer-turned-artist Gary Fields offers a competent style, though it lacks anything flashy to make it pop. It’s very simple and ho-hum; kind of like Dave Manak’s tenure on Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog. Not bad, no, but the book is capable of looking so much better. Fans give artists like Milton Knight with strong and unique styles a hard time, but I’d much rather have them than anything this bland-looking.
Headrush is nothing more than your standard Mr. Mxyzsptlk archetype; the impish creature from another dimension that enjoys using its magic powers to alter reality and prank our heroes. Such a narrow and specific character archetype, yet you’d be shocked at how many comics and cartoons resort to making their own carbon copy. All things considered, Headrush isn’t particularly annoying, like Bat-Mite or anything. In fact, he’s hardly there at all. His traps and puzzles are ever-present, but he rarely says anything beyond some generic commentary praising the Turtles’ responses to his handiwork. “Be a Star” will give you a better feel for the character and it’s definitely the better story in this Special, thanks exclusively to Stan Sakai’s artwork (but we’ll talk about that when I review it).
“Full Circle” commits perhaps the worst offense imaginable: It’s just plain forgettable. From the art to the script, there isn’t anything noteworthy about this installment. At least bad comics like TMNT Meet the Conservation Corps #1 or The May East Saga will stick with you for their bad art or incompetent scripting. This? You can’t even make fun of it.