The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic hasn't been one of the most-read in years, but the writers are hoping to change that by going a bit over to the dark side. Bear in mind that what we have to talk about below is overrun with spoilers!!!

In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issue No. 44, Donatello is killed in action, and we are not talking about a death where he gets to come back at the end of the story. In all seriousness, Donatello is dead, and his death was quite gruesome.

Writers Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman, who is the co-creator of TMNT, has committed to a plan to make the Turtles more grounded in reality. Usually, the word "grounded" is mostly used by DC and Warner Bros., but now it appears others are taking notice and going this route with their comics.

How did Donatello's death happen?

Well, from what we have read in the comic, Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo were on a mission to stop Krang from transforming the earth using an alien device called the "Technodrome." As for Donatello, he was left at the home base running command, and Shredder knew about this.

Shredder, who had no intention to let the Turtles mess with his plan, ordered Bebop and Rocksteady to kill Donatello should anything go awry. As expected, something did, and thus the duo attacked the Turtles' home base in hopes to put an end to the smartest Turtle in town.

Donatello made a valiant and brave effort to fend off Rocksteady and Bebop. He even had help from Metalhead, who was being controlled by Harold Lillia. Despite having help, the evil duo was too much, and both heroes fell.

Rocksteady used his sledgehammer to crush Donatello's shell, but he did not die right away. Angel Bridge came along to find the crashed Turtle and attempted to help, but she could not, and surprise, surprise — Donatello passed away.

When his brothers returned from their mission, they were shocked to see the lifeless body of Donatello laying on the floor. Not too long after, Splinter is seen holding Donnie's body in his arms while everyone else is trying to cope in their own way.

The comic was a great read, and one of the best yet. However, we do believe they will find a way to say Donatello is not really dead. To us, without all four brothers living, there isn't really a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at all.

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