• Venus, the newest member of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, wields powerful magic instead of physical weapons, making her a force to be reckoned with.
  • In recent issues of TMNT, Venus showcases her magical abilities by countering dark sorcery and manipulating mutation with her mind.
  • Venus’ magic is so potent that she can peer into the future, have conversations with her past self, and her powers are only expected to grow stronger in the future. Physical weapons are unnecessary for her.



Warning! This article contains spoilers for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #143 & #144 While many Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans will remember her as TMNT‘s original 5th Turtle, Venus has only recently introduced herself to the whole team in the current TMNT continuity, making her the Turtles’ ‘new sister’. What’s more interesting is that – unlike the other members of the TMNT – Venus doesn’t carry a weapon, let alone have a signature one like the rest of them. Instead, Venus wields powerful magic, and after she unleashed it to take down the TMNT’s latest enemy, it’s clear why no physical weapon is necessary.

Originating as a Punk Frog who was experimented on by the mad-mutant scientist Dr. Jasper Barlow, Venus learned powerful magic during the Armageddon Game event. So powerful, in fact, that she can peer into the future and have conversations with herself from that time period (who has even taught present-Venus a thing or two).

Venus using her magic in TMNT.

Now, Venus fends off dark sorcery, separates her spirit from her body to achieve moments of unparalleled clarity, and even manipulates the very process of mutation with her mind. And she puts all her new powers on full display in the last two issues of TMNT.

TMNT’s Venus Uses Magic Instead Of Physical Weapons

Venus surging with powerful magic in TMNT.

In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #143 by Sofie Campbell, Kevin Eastman, and Gavin Smith, the Turtles discover that Dr. Barlow has been the one kidnaping and experimenting on mutants across Mutant Town, and they get a team together to stop him. Venus practically leads the charge, and proves how instrumental her inclusion was after Barlow unleashes his brainwashed mutants who have had magical Dragon Scales surgically embedded into their bodies. These scales were left over from TMNT #100, when the demonic beast rose from hell to conquer the planet. The Turtles stopped it then, but its effects are still being felt to this day. While every heroic mutant was impacted by the dark magic of the scales, Venus broke through the mystical fog and cast a counterspell against them, rendering their powers useless.

Then, in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #144, Venus corners Dr. Barlow after his own Dragon Scale mutation spirals out of control, turning him into an abominable monster. Using her magic, Venus manipulates Barlow’s mutation and turns the once-human villain into a rat, one with almost no remaining human characteristics. Dr. Barlow wanted to return to his life as a renowned surgeon, and he didn’t care who he hurt to do it. But after what Venus did to him, Barlow suffered a punishment that was – for him – worse than death.

Venus’ Magic Power Makes Weapons Totally Unnecessary In TMNT

Venus punishing Dr. Barlow with magic in TMNT.

This version of Venus is still incredibly new to the current TMNT scene, and the series has only scratched the surface of what she can do. During one of Venus’ trips to the future during the Armageddon Game event, it’s revealed that Venus is destined to train the next generation of mutant ninjas, passing on the mystical knowledge she only recently learned from the otherworldly gods present in TMNT canon. This means that what fans saw in these two issues is just the beginning, as Venus will only grow in strength in terms of her magical potential. Magic is Venus’ weapon, and the strength she exhibits in these mystical abilities prove that physical weaponry is totally unnecessary.

When one can peer into the future, combat powerful dark magic, and manipulate the very biological makeup of an enemy, they certainly won’t regret leaving the twin sai and nunchucks at home. So, after Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ new sister Venus revealed her full power, it’s clear why she doesn’t carry a weapon.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #143 & #144 by IDW Publishing are available now.

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