[identity profile] blake_reitz.insanejournal.com posting in [community profile] scans_daily
So, last time we saw Oroku Saki...



Shredder was having a rough time of it. Krang tried to steal his body, he suffered the indignity of being rescued by the turtles, and his henchmen had retired to be gay nudest lovers on an alien paradise. Meanwhile, the turtles (befreit of both big bads) decide to go on a road trip to expand their horizons (Splinter's idea). They end up traveling to Japan, through Tibet, and into the most sandy parts of the Middle East.

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History lesson time!

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Hey look,it's Muhammad in a comic way before it was edgy and cool! He looks like Aladdin's dad.

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Also, the Wikipedia tells me that there's not only a Black Stone and a White Stone, but a Red Stone as well! No reports of them being stolen by a mutant shark from the future to power a time travel device, however.

As they travel, the pass by two men on camels going the other direction, one of whom recognizes Splinter. Our heroes make it to a tower near Mecca, where they are attacked by a totally awesome falcon-guy and pals, who think they have stolen the Black Stone. They do the requisite fight, realize the true enemy, and team up thing just as a sandstorm hits.

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Shock! It was the Shredder! That look works on him.

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...Obvious. Totally.

Shredder and Verminator take off with Splinter, leaving the turtles to bust out of the force bubble. Their new best friend, Al'falqa, sends a falcon to track down the villains (he speaks bird).

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It's always time for fun facts about history!

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They emerge in the oasis where Shredder and Verminator are waiting. There's a tussle with some Foot Supersolders.

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The turtles are winning the battle, until a time-slip opens.

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Oh snap!

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Hey, don't cry, awesome bird-man. Ninjara stole back the Black Stone and replaced it with a garden-variety black rock. Thus, the day is saved.

I like the depiction of Shredder here. Yeah, he hates the turtles and he's willing to throw the world into a heated religious war, but he's got honor. He could have claimed he didn't remember, or that not killing them outright counts, but didn't.

Next issue: Cudley!

(Note: The above issues were 28 pages of story each. I counted the first two issues of #26 as from #25, because they are the exact same pages, only the scanned slightly better. This was actually a pretty common method of padding in the TMNT Adventures days.)

Bonus round: Some scans from the TMNT Handbooks

Ol' chrome dome himself:
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Awesome bird dude. I should have grabbed more scans of him. I think he shows up way later?
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Remember that time the turtles fought a mind flayer with Doc Ock arms? He dressed like he was going to the Renaissance Fair, and had a globe of teleportation? Yeah, me neither.

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I don't really care for the art when this guy showed up, but his profile pic is top notch.

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Because I skipped out on their fight scene, here's everything you wanted to know about Foot robots. I love how they speak.

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Next time: Whatever happened to the future? Hopefully IJ does not eat that post, like it did this one.

Date: 2009-06-29 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zechs27.insanejournal.com
God that was awesome. Thanks for scanning those issues for me. :)

Date: 2009-06-29 11:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] batcookies.insanejournal.com
Gasp, a possible depiction of Muhammad!

Date: 2009-06-30 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lbd_nytetrayn.insanejournal.com
Good times, good times...

I wonder if Shredder was struggling to remember because Armaggon plucked him from time before the Turtles saved his life. That's how I figured it worked, anyway.

--LBD "Nytetrayn"

Date: 2009-07-01 02:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
I'm assuming that Shredder gets plucked from the past, does his thing in the future for a while, then somehow gets returned to the past with his memory of the events wiped out, so he can pick up where he left off in the regular timeline.

Date: 2009-06-30 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zegim.insanejournal.com
Thanks for posting this!

Brings back very good memories :D

Date: 2009-06-30 08:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greenmask.insanejournal.com
Isn't it obvious? I come from the future. I'm a mutant cyborg.

Duh, guys!

Date: 2009-06-30 09:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stratosfyr.insanejournal.com
I was tricked. I thought he was a biker mouse from Mars.

Date: 2009-06-30 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stretchdude.insanejournal.com
Never have I been so pleased to be beaten to the punch. Well scanned, good sir!

Date: 2009-07-01 05:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] freeman333.insanejournal.com
Man, I remember the angry letters people sent in when one of the Turtles made a reference to being "totally Zenned out", saying that these comics were corrupting children with their non-Christian brainwashing. I can only freakin' imagine what people said after that in-depth history of the origins of Islam.

Also: BeBop and Rocksteady being nude gay lovers might as well be canon, it's so right. theirloveissonaked

Date: 2009-07-04 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sir_mikael.insanejournal.com
Never seen this before and loved it, thank you.

Verminator X alsways seemed so cool to me as a kid (of course Shredder did too). I only had a couple of issues with him but hey he was a cruel mutant feral cyborg genious with an attitude who's from the future, so what's not to instantaniously love?

I do remember the bird-guy showing up later in the series, as he, the turtles, a tiger-guy with lots of arms and a blue twi'lek lady fought some giant mind controlling demon without a bottom who stole the dead sea scrolls and eventually got trapped in a snowglobe.

Ooh, the story with the squid guy was terribly dramatic, as it appeared as though he killed a bunch of characters when really he just teleported them away.

You know, I actually think I learned alot about different cultures from reading TMNT, which is really great and suits the title quite well. It's about family, wisdom over violence, doing good and accepting people, no matter their appearance. Oh and fun action of course.

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