Stan Sakai’s long-running Usagi Yojimbo is about a ronin (masterless samurai) who’s a rabbit in a feudal Japan populated entirely by anthropomorphic animals. In the second issue of Usagi published at Mirage, the long-eared samurai and his companion Gen—a ronin rhino—run into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The turtles were summoned to Usagi’s world by a Splinter-esque rat named Kakera in hopes they would help Usagi and Gen protect him and a village of peaceful farmers from a clan of ninjas. Obviously, an awesome team-up, but what I really loved was this page where the Turtles are trying to reason out how and why so many giant talking animals populate Usagi’s world.
I’ll give the best line within this conversation to Gen with his “At least we wear clothes!” but the entire page is pretty fun. Really, do you need a reason to crossover TMNT and Usagi? No, that’s just a case of pure awesomeness being put to the page. But I love that Sakai decided to at least work in the joke of these characters attempting to make sense of the situation. Good stuff.