Originally published in: TMNT New Animated Adventures #15
Publication date: September 10, 2014
Story: Matthew K. Manning
Art: Marcelo Ferreira
Colors: Heather Breckel
Letters: Shawn Lee
Edits: Bobby Curnow
“The Adventures of Ice Cream Kitty”
In the kitchen, Leo opens the freezer for an ice pack because Raph took sparring a little too far. After some verbal sparring, the two Turtles begin fighting… leaving the freezer door open. Ice Cream Kitty, defender of the city, awakens for her evening justice patrol! Recalling her epic origin in which a genius (Michelangelo) gave her super powers, she journeys to the surface to fight crime as only she can.
Back in the lair, Mikey notices that the freezer door is open and Ice Cream Kitty is MIA. He freaks out, but Donnie figures they can just follow her trail of melted ice cream.
On the streets, Ice Cream Kitty notices a bank robber and oozes into action. The thief slips on her puddle of melted ice cream and knocks himself out. The day is saved! The Turtles then arrive and Mikey places the half-melted cat in a cooler and returns her to the freezer.
The next evening, Raph opens the freezer for an ice pack after Leo takes sparring a little too far. The two begin to fight, leaving the freezer door wide open. Ice Cream Kitty awakens, ready for another night of crime fighting!
*Ice Cream Kitty first appeared in the season 2 episode “Of Rats and Men”.
Well, we have a winner for best story in this issue. And it’s Ice Cream Kitty! Because of course it is.
I think this was Manning’s first story in New Animated Adventures, but he writes a really fun and goofy short strip that forgoes the formulas that have made many of these New Animated Adventures stories a little repetitive. It’s just a silly yarn that gets inside the head of Ice Cream Kitty and gives us insight on how she sees herself and the Turtles (she looks at Mikey as the “genius” who gave her “super powers”).
The narration (which may be Ice Cream Kitty’s inner monologue or might just be 3rd person description) puts a neat spin on things while simultaneously making Ice Cream Kitty’s predicament seem more bearable. She doesn’t see herself as a tortured monster locked in a cage, but as a cool superhero with a loving family and an adventurous life. So I don’t feel so sorry for her being cooped up in that freeze all the time anymore.
Only 4 pages, but a cute 4 pages.
Grade: B+ (as in, “But wait, Ice Cream Kitty is a girl? Does Kevin Eastman know?”)