Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles Adventures issue 43 & 45(UK), issue 24 & 25 (US).
April O'Neil in "It Started In Chinatown" & "Dragon Rage" both written by Dean Clarrain & illustrated by Chris Allan.
These were parts 1 & 2 of a 4 part mini story that featured as bonus stories in the four Turtle comics leading up to the Midnight Sun trilogy. As well as serving the purpose of been a prologue to that story it was a means to flesh out the development of Archie comics version of April O'Neil. Since punching out one of her kidnappers after the Turtles rescued her in South America, April had developed a need to be more independent & merely not a damsel as she was in the cartoon. She started training with Splinter on how to use a katana on her return to New York, & while her confidence may have improved quite drastically from when she was nervously entering the maze to rescue Don just a few issues earlier, her development is mostly organic.
In the 1st part April bumps into Fu Sheng (now with a name) the curio shop curator & Chu Hsi the fireman who from one of Fu's relics developed the ability to transform into the giant Warrior Dragon. April & Chu agree to go for a meal, while Fu goes to an appointment about the insurance of his burnt down shop.
It's then when some suited men attack Fu. April & Chu come to his aid fighting off the attackers. But then black clad Ninja's attack them as Fu is sieged in a car that drives off. Chu transforms into the Warrior Dragon to save him.
In part 2, the Dragon goes after the car. But in congested traffic is struggling to find the right vehicle. April & the Dragon are attacked by more shadowed Ninja's whose abilities are almost superhuman. While the Dragon swats several away one throws powder in his face, which makes him drowsy, turning back into Chu. What's weird is the Dragon unlike in his debut issue now wears an armour uniform when transformed but ends up naked when back to human form.
April tried to help them but has to hide when Ninja Stars are thrown her way. When she goes back the attacking Ninja's & Chu are gone.
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