In the latest issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Turtles just got a major spoiler about their future that changes everything.
WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #116 by Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Sophie Campbell, Ronda Pattison, and Shawn Lee, on sale now.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have had a rough go of things lately, pushing themselves harder than ever in a desperate bid to save the future. When one of their own traveled decades back in time to warn them of the dark fates in store for them, the heroes wasted no time in rescuing their worst enemies and corralling the overgrown mutants that were left rampaging through Mutant Town. Now it seems that things are finally starting to pay off, meaning that their time travelling visitor is going to be headed home soon, but that doesn’t mean there’s not time left for one last spoiler.
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Now that Jennika has dedicated herself to winning the upcoming battle of the bands and Karai is on her way to making a full recovery, it seems as though the future might turn out alright after all. Now that things are looking up, it’s almost time for the adult Lita to return to the future, though the thought of leaving her family again is not one that she relishes. On the roof of the dojo Lita spends time looking out over the city with Leonardo, and they talk about everything that they’ve accomplished together, as well as the bright future that Lita may end up returning to. It’s a comforting thought, and in return she offers Leo a bit of advice that might bring the Splinter Clan some comfort of their own in the near future.
Lita tells Leonardo that there are two very important people that he needs to search out and take under his wing. Unfortunately, Leonardo has never met anyone named Bob or Carmen, at least not yet, and not in his current iteration. Leonardo might not remember it, but a version of him has already met and fought alongside two people with those exact same names.
First appearing in 1994’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Adventures by Dean Clarrain and Chris Allan, Bob was a mutant mandrill and a future student of Leonardo’s during the Dreamland story arc, during which the book’s title was stylized as Cyber Samurai rather than Teenage. Similarly, Carmen was a major player in this same storyline, acting as one of the Turtles’ closest human allies, as well as a love interest to Leonardo. It could very well be that these are the same figures Lita is telling Leo to look out for, and if they are, they’ll bring with them some major implications for entire TMNT universe.
The Turtles themselves don’t remember their past incarnations, specifically their ongoing adventures printed by Mirage before IDW took over the franchise, but their friend Renet does. Renet has known the Turtles since before they first met in their current forms, as she recalls all of their adventures together in the Mirage version of their story. She was never a part of Archie Comic’s version, though, which is where Bob and Carmen both came from.
Should these in fact be the same characters, it would mean that three different versions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all canonically exist in the same sort of multiverse. It would also blow the doors wide open for more fan-favorite characters from the Archie-verse to make their way into the one the Splinter Clan inhabits now. The future that Lita foretold may have been the worst that the Turtles have seen yet, but Bob and Carmen could ensure that any future the Turtles find themselves in is always unpredictable.
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