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Comic books aren’t afraid to kill off some of our favorite characters. Remember when Peter Parker died in The Amazing Spider-Man #700? That’s an event nobody could foresee. And yet again, a comic book has decided to kill off a seemingly unkillable character, shocking us all. In the latest issue of IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle by Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman, one of the beloved Turtles fell to his demise.
If you couldn’t tell by the title of this piece, there are obviously some major spoilers about to occur. One of which being who died?! Well, it’s not Raphael. It’s not Michelangelo. And it’s certainly not Leonardo. None other than the smart-talking, purple-wearing, second-in-command, Donatello did not only die, but was pretty gruesomely murdered.
In the 44th issue of this IDW comic the dynamic team of crime-fighting turtles were tested in ways we haven’t seen before. Waltz and Eastman’s run on this comic book series has explored the Turtles original, darker roots rather than the goofy theme of the cartoons, and this latest issue is the darkest yet.
The Turtles had left Donatello behind to support them from base as they went to stop Krang from using an alien device to terraform the world. Soon after, Bebop and Rocksteady assaulted the base and the fight between them and the lone turtle ended quite gruesomely with Rocksteady landing the killing blow with his sledgehammer and shattering Donatello's shell wide open. It’s a pretty rough end, and definitely not like the quirky pizza-filled cartoons we’ve become accustomed too. You can read the full comic here.
Whether or not Donatello will miraculously survive this fatal wound is unknown, but for now it looks like Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo are on their own. Yes, this may be comics, which are a bit more daring in their storytelling choices, but who knows, this change to the Turtles could affect the crew elsewhere as well.