Publication date: June, 1995
Script: J.D. Vollman (Steve Murphy)
Inks: Jon D’Agostino (pages 1-15, 20-23), Harvey Mercadoocasio (pages 16-19)
Edits: Scott Fulop
Story: Gunther Jones and Eric Talbot
Art and letters: Jim Lawson
Colors: Barry Grossman
Edits: Fulop and Gorelick
“North to Alaska, Part Three”
Contemplating a means of freeing the alpha male’s mate from the pen she’s been trapped in, Inky scratches on the front door. The four rednecks (Earl, Lucass, Henry-Lee and Jim-Bob) open up and immediately let the poor pup in.
*This story is continued from TMNT Adventures #68. The story continues in TMNT Adventures #70.
*This issue also contained a bonus Inky story by Gunther, Talbot and Lawson.
Do all American Indian characters drone on incessantly about animal spirits or is that just how white people like to write them? Because sheesh.
There’s not much else to say about this issue. Raphael fights a bear, though I should probably rephrase that as, “gets his shell kicked by a bear to manufacture a delay in the story’s progress”. Then an Indian shows up and goes on a long rant about animal spirits because he’s an Indian and that’s apparently what they do. And Mokoshan acts like a total creep. The End.
Speaking of Mokoshan, I mentioned in jest last review that he was certainly rebounding from Nei’Sha very quickly. Well, apparently his mate’s body isn’t even cremated yet and he’s already begun pining for the next hot furry thing to come his way. And, again, considering that this guy is NOT a teenager and Ninjara most assuredly is… It’s just plain weird.
One thing that confused me is the chronology of events. Everything with Raph and the Turtles takes place in the daytime, while everything with Ninjara and Mokoshan takes place after dark. The story flits back and forth between the two narratives making it look like several days are passing. I don’t know if that’s true or if Ninjara’s part of the story just isn’t occurring concurrently with the Turtles’. If it took place the night before, that doesn’t really work because the blizzard has let up. I mean, I know it’s Alaska and all, and their days and nights are weird, but I’m pretty sure they don’t have both at the same time.
As for the Inky serial; it’s still heading along. Not much else to say about it, either.
Grade: C- (as in, “Can’t recall an American Indian character this stereotypical since ‘Hey Dude’.”)