Venus, the most controversial character in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles history, is back. SPOILERS follow for recent Problems with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesincluding today FCBD Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2022. There’s no more controversial character in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lore than Venus, the female turtle introduced to the live action. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation series. Here, the creation was a big factor in shaping the rift between Turtles creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. She became the scapegoat of The next changeThe failure of , which is considered the final death knell for the Turtlemania era that was the peak of the franchise’s popularity. But now, Venus is back, albeit with a different origin than fans might have expected.
The stigma around Venus was severe enough that when Image Comics began publishing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1996, one of the only instructions they received from the creators was “no female turtles”. The current edition of IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The series broke that curse, introducing new turtle Jennika to a warm reception from fans. This success seems to have encouraged the creative team behind the longest-running Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series (including Sophie Campbell, Tom Waltz, and Eastman) to reclaim Venus’ reputation.
And so, Venus returned in the last pages of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #127. This week Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #128 delves deeper into its origin. Venus is not a turtle, or she didn’t start out that way. She was part of the Punk Frogs, a group of rival mutants, who somehow ended up in the back alley clinic of the mysterious Jaspar Barlowe. Barlowe performs surgical body modifications of mutated ancient humans against their will. Barlowe cut up the frog, sewed it up, and renamed it Venus. He also grafted an artificial shell onto her body, which contains one of the scales of a dragon god who came to New York (it’s a long story), which is how she survived the procedure. The scale also gives him a unique psychic power.
This story arc continues, but Venus also appears in FCBD Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2022. Most of the free comic is dedicated to Sophie Campbell paying homage to Eastman and Peter Laird by recreating the story of their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 quirky. But it ends with Venus appearing, the Rat King’s face hovering behind her, wondering what’s going on. The timing suggests that Venus has an important role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘Armageddon Game’ story event coming soon.
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