“The Fifth Turtle”
*Splinter previously celebrated his birthday in TMNT Adventures #45. So, obviously, this has to take place a year after that, but it also has to take place before TMNT Adventures #53, when the narrative becomes so serialized there’s no longer room for this story to take place. I place it after TMNT Adventures #52 to try and give it the most time since Splinter’s last birthday.
*Splinter’s birthday was established in this series as being May 11th.
*At the party, you can spot various Easter Eggs such as Renet’s time scepter leaning against a wall as well as a rather ill-planned gift… a cheese shredder.
*While making idle conversation at Splinter’s party, April references the events of The May East Saga as having been nothing more than a nightmare.
Well, it’s nice to see the TMNT Adventures Special series go out on a high note, as “The Fifth Turtle” is certainly one of their more memorable chapters.
Script-wise, it isn’t particularly hot, as there’s little coping involved for April as she becomes a mutant turtle. She doesn’t really join the TMNT in battle (opting to work a fire hose, instead) and there’s overall very little exploration of her new abilities or circumstances. And she’s restored fairly quickly, too. I understand that with only 28 pages, they had to fit in a set-up, a conflict and a resolution, so a bit of squandering is something of a given. Actually, this might have made a better two or even three-issue arc in the TMNT Adventures ongoing, whereas the idea is rather rushed and wasted as a one-off TMNT Adventures Special story.