Bear with me. (And beware of spoilers for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #95).
Before she was a Turtle, she was a member of the Foot Clan, a group of ninjas lead by the series’ iconic villain, Shredder. Jennika even attempted to murder Splinter at one point – but that didn’t stop him from killing Shredder in turn and taking over the Foot Clan for himself. Though he had good intentions, the Turtles couldn’t support their master in his decision to lead the Foot Clan. Since they can remember, they were always enemies. In their absence, Jennika took on the role of second in command for Splinter – but the situation would sour quickly. Karai, granddaughter of Shredder, came back in full force ready to take back the Foot Clan. During a skirmish, Karai stabbed Jennika with an enchanted sword, leaving her on death’s doorstep. The Turtles, coming in to save the day, try to use an old serum to heal Jennika, but are eventually forced to perform a blood transfusion. Of course, the only blood available is the Turtles’. In the final pages of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #95, Jennika’s reaction to the mutant turtle blood changes her physical appearance completely.
The issue is now sold out thanks to hoards of fans eager to get their hands on a physical edition of this landmark moment. In the second printing, IDW gives readers a closer look at Jennika’s upcoming appearance. It’s not quite clear yet how she’ll fit into the current dynamic – but rest assured she’s here to stay. Tweets from series creators Tom Waltz and Sophie Campbell reveal that this transformation has been in the works for nearly two years.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #95 is out now and you can (and probably should) add it to your pull to see what’s in store for this new Teenage Mutant Turtle. Check out the concept art below for a closer look.
The answer is: YELLOW! But the question is, how does #Jennika get her bandana? You'll have to read #TMNT #97 to find out. I will say this: the scene and how it plays out is 100% dedicated to @mooncalfe1 (even she hasn't seen it yet!). Here are designs by Sophie and @theWoodenKing pic.twitter.com/8KktAWu9xZ
— Tom Waltz (@TomWaltz) July 9, 2019
Cat's out of the bag now, so here's some concept art I did two years ago (can't believe it's been that long) for mutated Jennika, the new Turtle!! @TomWaltz @thedisastrix @IDWPublishing pic.twitter.com/FtrJsK9Deb
— Sophie Campbell (@mooncalfe1) July 9, 2019