Eastman and Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6 (February 1986)
Picking up where Issue #5 left off, we open with the Tricerations, in possession of Prof. Honeycutt, approaching their home-world, featured in a beautiful two-page spread of multiple asteroids cobbled together with metal, arm-like attachments hosting each smaller asteroids base. Theres plenty to admire, but its crowding doesnt lose focus, either. While inspecting the ship for damage, Triceraton troops come across the Turtles, who appear to be in a meditative state of unconsciousness.
The Triceraton high council attempt to persuade Honeycutt in building their ultimate weapon to defeat the Federats, but are met with resistance. Upon discovering that Honeycutt has a connection with the Turtles, theyre used as a bargaining chip and placed in a maximum security cell. Michelangelo eggs on one of the Triceraton, mocking his race and calling him a coward for not using his blaster on them. The Triceration recognizes him for his spunk and looks forward to killing him first.
Honeycutt laments what has transpired in the form of deep exposition, giving the reader a refresher on his journey, then goes into a monologue about how the Federation and Triceraton are just as ethnocentric, xenophobic, and paranoid as the other. If he were forced to build the Transmat, he couldnt, knowing the potential for mass death and terror it would cause, even if it means death for himself or his four new friends.
Back in New York City (the city of lights, hopes, dreams, and violence), we catch up with April ONeil, who is deeply worried about the Turtles, who have been missing for 2-days. April turns on the TV (disappointed that the Munsters are on, and shes apparently too lazy to change the channel), and were soon treated to a BREAKING NEWS report from outside the T.C.R.I building. A flash of light, reaching several miles into the sky, was seen at 9:30 PM 2 nights ago, and no word has come since, and no one has been allowed into the building. With nothing left to do, the National Guard has been alerted to attempt forced entry, leaving April even more worried than she was moments earlier.
Meanwhile, in a Galaxy Far (but not too far) Away, A major sporting event is about to take place. Its a survivor take all competition, and the four off-world contenders (Turtles) will take on four reigning Champions. We fill time with a few panels of various wide fights featuring outlandish creatures, but it doesnt take long to get us to the Main Event (not scheduled for 1 fall)
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (yes, acknowledged as such) take on The Triceration Republic All-Star Team of Mixx Trolo, Xoite Damaz, Daz Ublem, and last but not least, Monza Ram.
The Turtles throw around some colorful language, including some damns and even lets kick ass with TRIPLE exclamation point! We are treated to four full pages of fighting without text, with the Turtles holding their own, including Leonardo slashing one of the Triceraton with his Katana, and Raphel piercing another in the ribs with his Sai. The Turtles make a run for it, commandeering a camera craft, and attempt to rescue Honeycutt. The Turtles take the Triceraton Prime Leader as a hostage, but it doesnt last long, as a laser war-zone unfolds. Suddenly, a blinding light appears, and the Turtles, Honeycutt, and several of the Triceraton are transported through time and space
TO BE CONTINUED.
Yes, this was ONE ISSUE, and I skimmed parts that probably couldve been covered. Visually, its one of the best issues, highlighted by the two-page spread that opens the issue, and a solid 8 pages of combat with the Turtles and Triceraton. Weve touched base back in New York through April coming across a breaking news update about the TCRI building (again, all this was rehashed in the 2003 animated series). Character inconsistencies pop up, with Michelangelo of all people being the aggressive jerk of the group in the face of their imprisonment. Weve heard over and over he was the least utilized of the four, and was never the focus of story-telling, so it kind of doesnt come as a surprise. I dont mind a monkey-wrench in the formula, but hes yet to find consistent behavior in any issues to date.