Welcome to our live streamed recording of Turtle Soup Podcast Episode 274! On this thrilling episode, we’ll be taking another bold step in the journey of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by reviewing Image Comics’ Casey Jones / Raphael – Bodycount issue 4!
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So, here we are, the finale of our first foray into the dark and strange new world of Image Comics version of the TMNT, aka: Vol. 3! This brief introduction to TMNT Vol. 3 has been an interesting one.
This last chapter finds our friends Casey Jones and Raphael still amidst the chaotic conflict between Johnny Woo Woo, Martin and his sanctuary followers, Lord Dong from Hong Kong’s men, and Midnight. If you’re confused, don’t worry, we were too.
So, basically… Lord Dong is the mastermind behind all these different gangs. Then Martin decides that he wants to do things differently and forms a new hierarchy of power within the gangs called Sanctuary. Midnight gets set up and Lord Dong puts a hit out on her with Johnny Woo Woo. On the run to find Sanctuary, Midnight runs into our heroes and they proceed to assist her on her journey. After countless dead bodies, bullets and blood, our protagonists make it to Martin’s house but they are not the only ones as Johnny Woo Woo and Agent Choy (a detective who is assisting with this gang violence case) are also in the vicinity.
All of this culminates in Raphael taking up some guns and developing a more love than hate relationship with these weapons whereas Casey Jones maintains his distaste for them. Raphael thinks that Casey took a bullet to the chest and killed him. In his grief we see a side of Raphael that is refreshing considering his newfound love of the honorless weapons of destruction that now have possibly killed his best friend. Thankfully, Casey Jones had a golden puck necklace that blocked the bullet.
Martin explains to everyone the setup situation and then proceeds to preside of Johnny Woo Woo and Midnight fighting it out to the death. Everything comes to a head with most everyone escaping the building right as it explodes. Casey Jones and Raphael say their goodbye to Midnight who thanks them for their assistance.
Choy and Hector become hotdog merchants. Hong Kong Dong gets a Fedex package with a message from Choy containing one of the cybernetic hands of the late Johnny Woo Woo, letting him know that his plan has failed.
And that’s about it.
- What did you think of Bodycount?
- Do you appreciate the “blocked bullet” trope or is it cheesy?
- What did you want to see more of in this book?
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