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TMNT Gives Donatello a Weapon So Much Cooler Than His Staff

Warning: contains spoilers for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #134!Donatello has remained an integral part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise since its inception and, for many, he’s their favorite character. Since that same inception, he has arrived consistently on the battlefield with the same weapon of choice – a bo staff given to him by Master Splinter. In many ways, all the Turtles’ weapons of choice perfectly symbolize their characters and their own personalities, and yet the super-genius Donatello has the simplest of them.

Michelangelo’s swift nunchucku are perfect for the character notable for his snappy wisecracks, while Raphael’s pointed sai speak to his aggressive nature. Each weapon seems perfectly suited to each Turtle, except Donatello’s. Although effective, a simple staff seems out of place for the member of the group who’s generally depicted as obsessed with tech. Now, however, he’s taking up a weapon that honors these expertise.

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Donatello, always considered the smartest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, finally gets a weapons upgrade in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #134. In the issue, Donnie reclaims his old Anti-Grav Gauntlet, but upgrades it by infusing it with new ninja magic the Turtles recently learned from their old enemy Shredder. In the past, the weapon has allowed Donatello to negate gravity, effectively giving him the ability to fly and to remove the weight from heavy objects so he can lift them with ease. Armed with the gauntlet, Donatello has been capable of throwing cars, and that was before this most recent upgrade.

The Anti-Grav Gauntlets were seen in previous TMNT comics as an invention of Harold Lilja, a New York scientist who serves as an intellectual equal to Donatello, giving birth to a friendly rivalry. Donatello subsequently improved the design and held onto the tech, now using it while gathering allies for the central conflict of the Armageddon Game event. However, the crystal which powers the gauntlet has now been upgraded using mystical ninja powers. Donatello’s new ability is to seize “control of space and time” and “to move in a row.” So far, the power has allowed him to leave his body and travel in spirit form, however it’s clear there’s still more to see. Donatello’s gauntlet will unite mysticism with hi-tech weaponry, showing the full potential of Donatello both as a warrior and an inventor.

Donatello’s staff does have a purpose, reminding the ambitious genius to slow down and make the best use of his resources. However, as the Armageddon Game begins, this recent upgrade is a necessary step up for the warrior, and one that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans will be on the edge of their seats to see fully unleashed

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #134 is available now from IDW Comics

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