Some TMNT stuff was always meant for grownups.
The first part of Michael Zulli's trilogy.
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- Major characters: Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Splinter, The Shredder, Foot Soldiers
- Cover date: July, 1990
The Shredder launches a psychic attack against Master Splinter. The Turtles' Sensei is stricken and shocked, but launches a counterattack that frees him from Saki's mental trap. Shortly thereafter, the Shredder calls his Foot Clan to battle, stating that the time is ripe to assault their weakened foes. Master Splinter is shaken by the psychic attack and the Turtles themselves are in hibernation during the winter season.
Meanwhile, Splinter rouses his students from their cold slumber and leads them to the snow-covered woods, where the battle will take place.
In short order the TMNT are surrounded and attacked by the Foot Soldiers, who vastly outnumber our heroes. In a quick and bloody battle, one of the TMNT loses his hand to a sharp blade. Splinter calls out to his other sons to save the hand. Once this is accomplished, the ninjas retreat back into the forest.
The Shredder allows his enemies to flee, stating that he is satisfied with this victory... for now.
- This is an out-of-continuity tale. Zulli's unique artistic talents lend new "realistic" designs to the turtles (with beaks and semi-tribal markings on their chests), and Splinter. For the story, Shredder, is in samurai armor.
- The story continues in TMNT (Vol. 1) #35.
- When Splinter enters the astral plane to face Oroku Saki, he says “nin” (忍) which is Japanese for “endurance” and “concealment” in certain conjugations, as well as the first character in the word “ninja” (忍者).