Writer: Clarrain (Murphy)
Artists: Allan & D’Agostino
Cover: Chris Allan and Dan Berger
“Dreamland, Part 2 of 5”
Story: Dean Clarrain
Art: Gray Morrow
Letters: Gary Fields
Color: B. Grossman
“April O’Neil: The Angel of Times Square, Chapter II”
It’s New Years Eve, 1999, and April is about to pay $100 to see Hollywood Hoey’s supposed angel at a Times Square theater. April isn’t about to buy into the hype and hopes to discredit Hoey and prove to the world that he’s nothing more than a fraud.
*This story is continued from TMNT Adventures #62. The story continues in TMNT Adventures #64.
*This issue also contained a bonus story, “The Angel of Times Square, Chapter II” by Clarrain and Morrow.
There’s something gratifying about seeing the Turtles, at least their future incarnations, being hailed and cheered on like superheroes as they swoop down to beat the badguys. Don’t get me wrong; I prefer the Turtles as stealthy assassins that stick to the shadows and try to keep their existence a secret from the world; but possible future stories like this are welcome every once and a while.
Again, if you look where Mirage took the Turtles in their interpretation of the future, they wind up living in isolation well into old age. Raph lives in a swamp, Leo lives nomadically, Don has sequestered himself into a lab in the mountains of Japan and Mike… well, don’t know about Mike.
While this future is far from a “happy ending” (Lord knows it doesn’t qualify as that), it’s still pleasant to see that as adults, they’ve found ways to keep in touch as family and to use their talents to try and make a bigger difference in the world. Well, all except Raph, who runs a club and sasses police officers trying to solve murder cases. But that’s just Raph.
Verminator-X didn’t really get much of an opportunity to shine in “The Future Shark Trilogy” (and neither did the Shredder, for that matter), as he was reduced to little more than a henchman for Armaggon. It’s great to see him cut loose after all this time and we’re given glimpses of a history of antagonizing the Turtles that we’ve missed. On the other hand, Mikey is sort of played as a joke in this issue; first being ordered around by Don and Leo (which he whines about) and then being easily trounced by Verminator. Of all the Turtles, though, Mikey’s the one I always predicted going soft the earliest into old age, as fighting never seemed to sit well with his character.
As for the Hitler stuff? Weeeiiiirrrrrd.
The April back story seems like it would have worked better as a full-length installment in a TMNT Adventures Special. Breaking it up into 5-page chunks that each begin with lengthy recaps is just a little tedious. Still, while I somewhat mocked Gray Morrow’s soap opera art style in my last review, it certainly fits the atmosphere of this tale and the reveal of the Angel is done really well.
Grade: C+ (as in, “Clancy Brown plays Verminator-X in my head, but only because I can’t seem to get Lance Henriksen’s voice right”.)