Episode 278: Full Metal Donatello!

Greetings Turtletarians!

Welcome to our live stream recording of Turtle Soup Podcast Episode 278! On this episode we review the 1996 Image Comics Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vol. 3 issue #4 and we take a look at some possible concept art images and information for the forthcoming TMNT animated movie due out in 2023!

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So… news!

It’s being reported that at an investor meeting for Paramount, it was discussed that they are planning on orchestrating a new wave of Turtle mania to hit around 2023. Their plan is to have a Seth Rogen led TMNT animated movie, theatrically released and then followed by a series of Nickelodeon produced animated movies focusing on individual TMNT villains to be released on Paramount +.

Rogen has been quoted, saying that he wants to really emphasize the “Teenage” aspect of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Which is a point we here at Turtle Soup like to remind people of often.

Along with this information, some concept art images were released presumably for the upcoming film. These concept images show the four TMNT (Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Donatello and Raphael) on a roof top. One image has the four Turtles opening a pizza box from the point of view of the pizza about to be eaten. The next image has the four Ninja Turtles eating said pizza while we see a myriad of things happening in the city scape behind them.

On the left, we see a giant whale covered in various other sea creatures walking through the city. Then there’s the Turtle Blimp floating through the sky and just to the right of that we see two flying creatures that closely resemble Wingnut and Screwloose. Below them, standing on a water tower, appears to be a character in armor and a cape that’s not too far from the stylings of The Shredder. To the right of that character, is what looks to be a different take on the Technodrome.

This Technodrome design is great! It’s essentially a giant yellow eye ball incased in a metal apparatus that allows it to roll around. Then to the right of that we see a character that sort of looks like the character Dogpound from the 2012 Nickelodeon TMNT animated series, just shooting a bunch of pink lasers in the sky.

The TMNT themselves have a few things to their designs. First of all, they’re all very lean with very similar builds, as opposed to their appearances in Rise of the TMNT. Raphael has a full skull cap bandana and some battle damage to his shell. Leonardo has braces for some reason. Michaelangelo looks like Michaelangelo. And the one Turtle that seems to always get the most design accents, Donatello, gets a bucked tooth, thick rimmed glasses and massive headphones hanging from his neck.

Overall, these designs are pretty cool and the art design is a neat painted claymation style that we dig.

Moving on to the meat of the episode: Image Comic’s 1996 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vol. 3 issue 4!

The Turtles finally found Donnie but it appears that something else got there first and devoured him leaving only his skeleton and shell behind. Upon closer inspection, Leo realizes that this skeleton has 5 fingers and toes (where the TMNT have 3 fingers and 2 toes) and deduce that their Donatello is in another castle. Nevertheless, that’s still his shell there and he couldn’t live without it so they presume that Donnie is dead one way or the other. They take his shell and head for Lord Komodo’s palace.

In Komodo’s palace, Make tries to eat Splinter to no avail, all the while Lord Komodo is in pain and transforms into an actual komodo dragon. At this point, his “brothers” (the other Komodo dragons we saw previously) come in and attack Mako. By this point Lord Komodo’s assistant, Pimiko and her kunoichi show up and Mako takes off followed by the Komodo dragons.

The turtles bury Don in the woods outside the palace and head through the cornfield separating them from the palace. They are blindsided by Mako trying to escape and he steals their flying car but Raphael uses the remote control to get it back and dump Mako out.

Then we get some narration from Donatello who recalls the events of the Cyborg that fell out of the helicopter with him, crawling over to his paralyzed body and doing something. He blacks out and wakes up later thinking he’s being carried by the cyborg through the corn fields but turns out he had been assimilated and is now half robot half turtle all ninja cyborg!


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Episode 277: Tomayko, Tomahko!

Greetings Turtletarians!

Welcome to our live stream recording of episode 277 of Turtle Soup Podcast! On this episode we review the 1996 Image Comics Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vol. 3 issue 3! On top of that we have fresh news regarding Splinter being announced as the newest playable character for the forthcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Shredder’s Revenge, video game!

We start things off with taking a look at the TMNT – Shredder’s Revenge video game trailer revealing none other than Master Splinter as another playable character!

Splinter looks fantastic and appears to be based on his 1987 Animated Series appearance.

Following the news we get into the real meat of the episode! Our review of the 1996 Image Comics Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 3 Issue 3!

This issue opens with Donnie making his decent from Pimiko’s helicopter to the ground below and hoping for the best. Then we see Pimiko deliver Master Splinter to Lord Go-komodo the Dragon Lord’s palace. Followed by her presumably killing the remaining cyborg brute that accompanied her to the TMNT’s lair in issue one. She stabs him through the throat and then tosses him over to a caged shark man named Mako, who begrudgingly feasts on the half man half machine.

Splinter is able to make one last trip to the astral plane to direct Leonardo in the direction of home as he’s been lost since Donnie left him there alone. Splinter makes an ominous remark about beings on the astral plane that want Leo’s fear or something like that. Splinter is brought before Lord Go-Komodo and has his ninja status tested to Lord Go-Komodo’s delight. Splinter, ever the gentleman, wins Lord Go-Komodo’s respect and the two have a very lengthy intelligent conversation. Lord Go-Komodo explains that he’s looking for mutants that can unleash the beasts within as to unlock the dragon beast within himself.

Back with the Turtles, Pimiko and her Kunoichi are attacking Leo, Raph and Mikey in their newly set up lair in the graveyard. Leo is still out of commission as he’s still on the astral plane peacefully sitting there unaware of what’s happening around him. Raph quickly leaves Mikey to deal with the rest of the kunoichi while he takes on Pimiko one on one and divided they fall. As Pimiko starts to gloat over her victory, Leonardo wakes up and kicks ass and the female ninjas depart. Mike and Raph want to follow them but Leo says he knows where Donatello is and so Raphael runs to get a Triceraton flying car ship thing that Donnie had been working on and they make there way to the city to find Don.

While Splinter and Lord Go-Komodo are making their way through the palace and talking, they start to smell blood and death in the air. Then we see that the smell is coming from the mouth of the aforementioned shark man Mako who attacks them.

Back with the TMNT, they find the spot where Don should be and after searching a bit they find that all that remains is Donnie’s skeleton.

What did you think of seeing a TMTN’s skeleton?

Did you like how Splinter was handled this issue?

Do you think that Raphael actually has a thing for Pimiko?

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Episode 276: The 10th Hole!

Greetings Turtletarians!

On this thrilling 276th episode of Turtle Soup Podcast, we cover the 1996 Image Comics Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol 3. Issue 2!

In this issue, we catch up with Donatello who is still falling from the helicopter after escaping his captors. He ends up tussling with the cyborg who fell out with him and that ends in him accidentally triggering his gun that hits him in the head. Leaving Donnie to continue the rest of the fall to the city street below alone.

We follow the helicopter to this palace that appears to be the headquarters of the Dragonlord. Pimiko and the remaining cyborg take the now unconscious Splinter and place him in a cell within the headquarters. We’re then introduced to a character who is a shark man type creature named Mako. Mako and the cyborg get into an argument and Pimiko ends up stabbing the cyborg in the throat and placing him near Mako’s cage and encourages him to eat to his hearts content.

We then see Leonardo, Michaelangelo and Raphael relocating their lair since their previous lair has been compromised by a new enemy. They end up inside of a mausoleum in a graveyard that they decide to use for a new lair. Michaelangelo is tasked with looking on the internet for any information about this so called Dragonlord. Raphael heads out to source some information from his contacts in the Foot Clan. Before he leaves tho, Leonardo gifts him one of Casey Jones’ old hockey masks to cover his now scarred face. Then Leo proceeds to attempt to achieve transcendence to the astral plane in hopes of contacting Splinter.

As Raphael makes his exit we see that they are not the only beings alive in the graveyard, as one of Pimiko’s kuniochi named Angel is keeping tabs on the TMNT and informing her boss on their situation. Cut to Pimiko who is in the presence of the infamous Dragonlord! Who she just informed that the cyborgs we saw last issue and the beginning of this issue are a waste of money as they are insubordinate and incompetent. With this new information, the Dragonlord is on the phone cancelling all funding of any cyborg tech.

The rest of the scene is very similar to every story ever told about Marvel Comics Wolverine and his time with Weapon X and basically his adamantium origins. Only, instead of Marvel Comics Wolverine, we get a character called “The Weasel” who turns out to be a mutant and not an anthropromorphic creature. The Dragonlord has no interest in this being and as a result, The Weasel attempts to attack The Dragonlord but is beheaded by Pimiko. She then proceeds to inform The Dragonlord of the TMNT’s situation and is told to attempt to capture one of the other turtles since she lost Donatello.

Raphael returns to the new lair and picks on Leo for trying to get to the astral plane. Then Raphael goes over to Mikey to compare notes and they find out that there is some land associated with the Dragonlord and this coincides with what they know of the location that Splinter described being taken to and Raphael’s intel from his connect in the Foot. They go to tell Leo of their findings but he has now actually ascended to the astral plane.

Leo upon arriving in the astral plane is greeted by Donatello who has also managed to make it there. They converse and Leo follows Don to where is physical body is. Turns out that Donatello landed on his shell and has no feeling below his neck. Its at this point that Raphael gets 3 shurikens in his shell and we find out that Pimiko and her Kuniochi have invaded their new lair and can’t get Leo out of his trance.

  • What do you think of the Dragonlord and his experiments?
  • Are you a fan of anthropomorphic Sharks?
  • Do you like your vigilantes masked or unmasked?
  • Do you like when the TMNT have to change lairs?
  • Are you a fan of the astral plane?

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