Originally published in: TMNT Magazine (Panini) #24
Publication date: February 5 - March 4, 2015
Script: Jennifer Keating
Art: Iain Buchanan
Colours: Jason Cardy
Colour assist: Ed Pirrie
Letters: Alex Foot
After an especially punishing battle with the Foot, the Turtles head to Mr. Murakami’s for some pizza gyoza. However, as they chow down, Donatello notices that Michelangelo has a tracking device stuck to his shell. Fearing that the blind and helpless Mr. Murakami might get hurt if the Kraang (huh?) track them to his restaurant, the Turtles leave in a hurry.
As soon as they exit, a pair of Footbots enter. The blind Mr. Murakami mistakes them for especially hungry customers who follow him into the kitchen to get their food. The Footbots attempt to hurt him, but all of Mr. Murakami’s kitchen antics wind up accidentally deflecting their attacks and hurting them, instead.
Later, after defeating the rest of the Footbots, the Turtles return to check on Mr. Murakami. They find the two battle-damaged Footbots making one last attempt to get the seemingly oblivious Mr. Murakami. The chef then puts them down for the count with a few precise strikes from his mop and tells the Turtles that his most recent customers have had their fill.
This was a pretty hokey comedy strip, all things considered, though I don’t know if Keating’s script or Buchanan’s art is the one to blame.
The setup for the gag is this Mr. Magoo sort of deal, and the humor relies pretty heavily on sight gags and physical comedy. The pencils are too stiff and none of the action looks particularly fluid (take the panel where Murakami spills broth on the Footbots and how awkward that motion appears).
The script seems a little confused, too. The Turtles get the tracking device latched onto them during a battle with the Foot, but they’re afraid the Kraang will track them? Then they run outside to go battle the Foot? So, which is it?
I mean, I guess you can say it’s accurate to a degree in that by this point in the cartoon, the Foot were partnered with the Kraang. So maybe the Kraang were operating the tracking device for the Foot Clan? It’s still not very coherent even when you try to no-prize it.
Altogether, not a very strong showing.
Grade: D (as in, “Does anybody have a recipe for pizza gyoza? They’re basically just pot-stickers with pizza ingredients in them, right?”)