In the comics published by ImageMichaelangelo's interest in writing is expanded upon and he's established as a writer of fiction and poetry. An early issue has him selling his first poem to poetry digest. As the comic continued, Michelangelo's career as a writer gradually expanded. In the final issue, he has published his first novel, a romance called "A Rose Among the Thorns". April O'Neil mentions that the book was already going back for a second printing and that she'd heard that Oprah Winfrey loved it which, "Practically guarantees that it will be a best-seller." It should be noted that in this series, Michelangelo is the only turtle who did not end up disfigured in some way; Leonardo lost his left hand and had it replaced by a steel cap with a retractable blade, Raphael was facially disfigured after being shot in the face, and Donatello was transformed into a cyborg after being shot and thrown out of a helicopter.