Saturday, October 18, 2014

Breakdown


Originally published in: TMNT New Animated Adventures #16
Publication date: October 15, 2014

Story: Paul Allor
Art: Marcelo Ferreira
Colors: Heather Breckel
Letters: Shawn Lee
Edits: Bobby Curnow

“Breakdown”

Summary:

The Turtles are chasing down a Foot Soldier in the Shellraiser.  He turns into an alley and they don’t take the turn sharp enough, crashing into the wall.  Leo and the others proceed to chase down the Foot Soldier while Donnie stays behind to fix the Shellraiser.

As Donnie assesses the damage, a stranger walks up and offers to help fix the vehicle, as he’s good with machines.  Donnie panics and tries to conceal his identity by stealing some clothes off a laundry line.  While he does this, the stranger gets busy fixing up the Shellraiser (much to Donnie’s annoyance).  He tries to get the stranger to leave when suddenly Leo calls on his T-phone, saying they need the Shellraiser ASAP.  Donnie asks what the hurry is and he sees his brothers coming with an army of Foot Soldiers hot on their heels.


The stranger tells Donnie the van is fixed and to go in and give it some gas.  Much to Donnie’s surprise, the stranger is right and the Shellraiser zooms off.  Donnie picks up and his brothers and they use the… chomping teeth mechanism on the grill of the Shellraiser to scare the Foot Soldiers off.

Later, the police interview the stranger and ask how the street got so damaged.  The stranger nonchalantly mentions that he helped a giant talking turtle repair his van and the police fail to believe him.


Turtle Tips:

*This story is continued from “The Walkabout”.  The story continues in TMNT New Animated Adventures #17.



Review:

Er… hrm.  Funny?  I guess?

The issue hinges on a tired punchline; a character matter-of-factly describing the Ninja Turtles to someone who incredulously rolls their eyes at the absurdity of the idea.  It’s not a very funny joke.

And that’s all there really is to say about “Breakdown”.

Grade: F (as in, “Foot Soldiers… Were those human Foot Soldiers?  Haven’t seen them in a while”.)


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