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 HEY, KID, YOU'RE 
 A LONG WAY 
 FROM NICKTOONS! 

Some TMNT stuff was always meant for grownups.

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"THREADS" Plot/layouts: Ryan Brown • Script: Doug Brammer • Pencils: Fernando Pinto • Inks: Joe Rubinstein • Tones · L. Jamal Walton • Letters: Eric Talbot

[In the dark recesses of history, it was the Greeks who first lit the bonfires of the humanities.]

CREEEEK CREEEEK

KNOCK! KNOCK!

BASH!

BUDDA BUDDA BUDDA!

[They were the first to put forth the concept that all events in life are linked to prior events...]

[That they, in turn, are themselves the cause of what follows.]

BRAKA BRAKA BRAKA!

BUDDA BUDDA BUDDA!

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BUDDA BUDDA!

BUDDA BUDDA!

[It was believed that it was never in anyone's power to do one thing rather than another.]

BRAKA BRAKA BRAKA BRAKA

BRAKA BRAKA BRAKA!

BRAKA BRAKA BRAKA!

CRASH

WOOSH!

[This theory of an ordering and sequence of causes became known simply as... Fate.]

BRAKA BRAKA BRAKA!

BUDDA BUDDA!

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BRAKA BRAKA BRAKA BRAKA

Man A "Ooomph!"

Man B "Aaaagh!"

[Accordingly, neither the gods nor man had the ability to exercise free will...]

[...As when someone is told to do this, and they instead do that. As if such was their fate all along.]

Leatherhead "Sceee!"

BRAKA BRAKA BRAKA!

BUDDA BUDDA BUDDA!

[The inevitable often combines the fate of one with the destiny of another.]

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[The whole world was thought to be a complex mass of threads, all of it interconnected.]

PLOP!

[With each new thread, the vast tapestry of life is woven larger...]

Bulldog "?"

[...And thus there is never a single event that is not caused...]

WOOF!

WOOF!

GRRRR!

GAAARR!

[...By fate.]

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[But in the rush to live our lives, we often miss cause and effect...]

SNAP!

CHING!

HONK!

HONK!

BEEP!

SCREECH!

GULP!

[That event "B" occurs because of "A," and "C" as a result of "B."]

Leatherhead "Aaaiiee!"

SPLOOSH!

[...And so on and so on...]

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[For such is fate...]

SNIFF SNIFF

SNIFF

[...Since the beginning...]

[...And until the end...]

RREEROW!

[...Of time.]

SMAK!

SMEK!

SMAK!

[Or so the theory goes. One that was even debated amongst the ancients.]

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[Finally, it fell to the philosopher Cicero to have the last word on fate:]

["There is nothing that is going to be in nature..."]

CHOMP!

["...Which does not contain causes."]

AAAIIEE!

SPLOOSH!

["Causes working to bring that very thing about."]

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["All should understand that fate should be not the fate of superstition... But that of physics. An everlasting cause of things..."]

Rat "Screee!"

["...Why past things happened, why present things are now happening..."]

["And why future things will be."]

Other Utrom "What have you found there, Xeinos?"

Xeinos "Something quite extraordinary."

Other Utrom "Looks to me to be nothing more than a common mississippiensis."

Xeinos "Perhaps... But I think I will keep him."

Other Utrom "You and your pets Doctor... You and your pets."

The beginning...

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