Tuesday’s Tragic Moment in Comics – The apparent killing of Donatella of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Tuesday’s Tragic Moment in Comic comes in the pages of TMNT #44 in March of 2015 with the brutal killing of Donatello. Though the TMNT comics were never as popular as the television cartoon or the movies, they have survived over the years and garnered quite a following. Though often campy and tongue in cheek in comparison to other books, it therefore came as quite a surprise when in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle #44, the storyline took a dark and bloody twist.

Our heroes in a half shell were out to stop Krang from using an alien device called the Technodrome. Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo went out into the field to battle Krang, leaving Donatello at the home base running command. Shredder knowing this, sends Bebop and Rocksteady to attack Donatello. In the ensuing fight, Donatello is beaten savagely and Rocksteady uses his sledgehammer to crush Donatello’s shell. But the Ninja Turtle does not die quickly as Angel Bridge comes along to help him but she cannot help him and so pronounces Donatello dead.

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His brothers return from their mission to find the beaten and lifeless body of the fallen Turtle. He is cradled in the arms of his adoptive father Splinter and the rest of his family mourns. This was a very dark moment in this comic book run and one that was certainly not expected. What many do not recall is that the comic was in fact, begun this way as a very dark and bloody book. The television show and following movie franchise changed the tone of the comics to fit in with what the growing public wanted. As this is comics, we find out that Donatello was in fact still alive but is now on life support.

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