Jennika can prevent the dark future of turtles (by swinging)
To prevent a future that destroys the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jennika must defeat Bebop and Rocksteady in a battle between the groups.
Warning: contains spoilers for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles # 116!
The future looks bleak for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and if they want to have any hope of staying together, they better start rocking hard. The four shinobi brothers learn of their fate when a turtle named Lita Ford travels through time to prevent horrific events in her world from happening in the present. And while she’s not sure what’s going to fix things, she does know that all went to hell when fifth turtle and former human Jennika gave up on her dream of forming a metal band.
It is understandable why Jennika initially decided that other issues took precedence in the future. Currently, the entire human population of a massive part of New York is mutant thanks to Old Hob’s mutagenic bomb, which heralded the creation of Mutant Town. And the conflict that arose as a result of that was quite significant. In Lita’s timeline, the Splinter and Foot clans begin to fight for the city, and after a successful attack on the Turtle Dojo, the Splinter clan disband. Raphael sells his ninja skills as a mercenary, Donatello becomes a war cyborg, Michelangelo exposes the secrets of the clan as a journalist, and Leonardo has just vanished and goes missing.
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Lita’s arrival may be an attempt to save the turtles, but it also destroys the progress Jennika has made in feeling like part of the Splinter Clan. Having no time travel experience and her worries about Lita dismissed, Jennika resists the time traveler’s message, but everything changes when Rocksteady and Bebop enter the scene. After crushing the underground music club of Mutant Town, the two villains refuse to leave and want to make it their own, so Lita challenges them to a battle between the bands, and music-loving Jennika takes up the challenge. If Jennika’s group wins, Rocksteady and Bebop must leave and never come back. But if Rocksteady and Bebop win, they get the whole music club and can play every night.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles # 116 – by Sophie Campbell and Ronda Pattison – sees Jennika form her band, preparing for a gig that has the potential to defeat longtime evil mutants Bebop and Rocksteady, but also to change the very course of history.
Incredibly, if Lita is right and the future of the Splinter Clan depends on Jennika’s band, then Rocksteady and Bebop are the saviors of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Given his distrust of Lita’s warning, it’s possible Jennika would never have formed her group if Rocksteady and Bebop hadn’t arrived on the scene and threatened to take over the music club, then thanks to the two evil mutants, Jennika created the most important group of all time. While it would be great if his group wins against Rocksteady and Bebop, it’s far more important to save Raphael, Donatello, Michaelangelo and Leonardo from their dark futures.
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