Splinter is caught in the sandstorm and found by the Shredder. Turtles and Ninjara vs. the Shredder. But Shredder's companion stops the battle with automatic weapons and a force field. He reveals himself to be a mutant cyborg from the future, named Verminator X (also known as Lynx). Shredder and Lynx escape with Splinter in tow. Al Falqa sends his falcon after them. He eventually finds them and tells their location to Al Falqa. The turtles sneak up on Shredder, battle ensues. Leo demands that Shredder let Splinter go because he owes them (for when they saved him from Krang's possession in issue #25). He gives them the rat, but disappears into a portal with Lynx. They think that they also took the Black Stone with them, but Ninjara reveals that she switched the stones and has it herself.