After 19 years, the two fan-favorite villains for TMNT: Secret of the Ooze Rahzar and Tokka finally make the leap into comic book canon.
Warning: Spoilers from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #111 by Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Sophie Campbell, Jodi Nishijima, Ronda Pattison, and Shawn Lee
In 1991’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, the heroes in half-shells were pitted against a mutated gray wolf and snapping turtler, Rahzar and Tokka. These villains quickly became fan-favorites, however, they never made the leap to the canonical TMNT comic books as they were created for the film. That is, until now.
In Secret of the Ooze, Rahzar and Tokka were the product of the same mutagen that created the Ninja Turtles. A failed experiment instructed by Shedder, they were intended to be created as Shedder’s ideal super-soldier. But instead of getting his soldiers, he was instead given the two animals that were kidnapped from the Bronx Zoo and exposed to the mutagen. Unfortunately, they were, well, pretty dumb. After their creation in the film, the two creatures showed up in other TMNT media but have always stayed away from the canonical comic book.
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In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #111, the Turtles are facing off against Old Hob’s spies in their new home in Mutant Town. Knowing the spies are incoming, the Turtles make quick work of them before they can cause any damage. They leave the spies tied up, hanging from a lamppost outside Old Hob’s headquarters as a warning. Desperate, Hob meets with Karai — a descendant of Shredder, with hopes of renegotiation of their deal. Hob’s offers weaponry or intel instead of more mutants. Unfortunately, there is nothing else Hob’s has that is of any value to Karai. Karai is only interested in mutants, and two specific mutants in particular.
Threatening Old Hob’s with the wrath of the Foot Clan if he doesn’t uphold his end of the contract, Karai wants mutants to make up for the loss of the weasels and the resources they used to initiate them into the Foot Clan. In her eyes, to uphold his end of the deal, Hob’s has only one option since the Weasels are long gone. Karai opens ominous double doors riddled with warning signs, to reveal who she wants as her new Foot Clan initiates. The Wolf and the Snapping Turtle.
Behind the door and behind the iron bars are two giant mutants, who bear an uncanny resemblance to the mutants that first appeared in The Secret of the Ooze, Rahzar, and Tokka. While the two mutants are not directly named, it is hard to imagine the two are anyone but the mutants who debuted in The Secret of the Ooze. These menacing-looking mutants are set to become the newest members of the Foot Clan, and if they are half as deadly as they appear the Ninja Turtles and all of Mutant Town are in for a real threat. Here is hoping they are just not as dumb as their cinematic counterparts.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #111 is available now at your local comic book store.
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