Nineties fan favorites Tokka and Rahzar make their IDW debut as the Turtles and their allies begin a journey that will either prevent or hasten a possible dark and grim future for themselves, Mutant Town and the world.
They say the future is what you make it, which is especially true when one has time travel on their side. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are no stranger to time travel, except for the newest addition Jennika, but this time they have a chance to prevent their own potential dark fates.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #113 picks up where the last issue left off with the political and community threads and seamlessly slides into a focus on time travel storyline. The grown-up version of the Turtle’s young ward Lita shows up with a dire warning about an upcoming moment that will change the lives of the Turtles and their allies forever. Sophie Campbell uses this arc to also introduce Tokka and Rahzar from 1991’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze into the comics world by tying them to the moment that changes the future.
Dark possible futures and time travel are concepts that are nothing new when it comes to comic books or just storytelling in general, therefore the key to making such a story stand out comes from the execution. Campbell nails that by tying this future and the overall story to Jennika.
Jennika’s aforementioned inexperience with time travel provides a space for there to be a skeptic within the Splinter Clan about what Lita tells them. Especially since this future hinges upon whatever choice Jennika herself makes very soon. With everything that happened to her before and after she was mutated into the fifth Turtle, Jennika’s actions that cause this dark future makes perfect sense. This arc will clearly be a character-defining moment for her.
Campbell returns to art duties with this arc. While the story is rooted in the present and making decisions to prevent the future, she and Ronda Pattison give the audience a solid view of that timeline across numerous pages. Their work brilliantly weaves together more colorful present-day imagery of the Turtles alongside darker colored glimpses of a mutant filled future that turns to war and changes all of the Turtles and their allies tremendously.
Shawn Lee does his usual wonderful work with the lettering, adding in a lot with the narration of the future, especially driving home a lot of emotion when it comes to Jennika’s words.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #113 is now available at comic shops and digitally on ComiXology.