*Ninjara recalls having been an ordinary fox that was mutated. This conflicts completely and irreconcilably with her origin as given in TMNT Adventures #29, where she vehemently explains that she is no mutant, but from an ancient race of anthropomorphic foxes. Because of this discrepancy, “Ninjara vs. Mondo Dog Catcher” has to be considered a non-canon story.
*This story was completed in 1992, but for whatever reason there were delays keeping it from being published until 1994. That means its creation predates Naga's first appearance in TMNT Adventures #46 by a year.
Mark Bode’ is a cartoonist whose style I’ve always liked even if his sense of humor wasn’t always to my liking. I’ll admit that I haven’t read much of his stuff beyond his collaborations with Mirage or Heavy Metal, so I can’t accurately judge the guy’s whole career. Whatever the case, his style is definitely cute and expressive and he’s got a talent for animated layouts.
An unashamedly silly romp, this story is what it is. I don’t mind the comedy back-ups all that much and I kinda wish the TMNT Adventures ongoing had included more of them (they seemed to segregate most of their “comedy” for the Specials rather than balancing the drama with the humor between publications). The completely wrong origin for Ninjara is kind of strange, as Bode’ made the effort to remember that Ninjara has a younger brother but somehow missed the fact that they’re part of an ancient race of fox-people, not mutants. Still, the panel of baby fox Ninjara huddled in her cage, crying, is both cute and saddening at the same time.
Though what the hell’s a skylight doing in a sewer?
Grade: N/A (as in, “Now you may think Mondo Dog Catcher’s costume is stupid, but just take a look at most of Playmates’ output from the 80s and early 90s. He’d have fit right in”.)