Last week IDW announced a 2024 relaunch for their TMNT ongoing book, and confirmed Jason Aaron was being hired as head writer. This week they’ve followed up that announcement with the reveal of the four artists that will be working on the title.
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A couple days ago we reported on IDW’s “final” issue of TMNT with a lot of “stuff in quote marks” as we already knew that wasn’t the end of it. Before then, news had broke of Turtles owner Paramount striking a new extended deal with IDW for further years of comics. What we didn’t know was what IDW had planned from that point, but as of this evening we do.
If you read the newspost we put up last week about IDW and Paramount renewing their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles license agreement, you’d be forgiven to be a bit skeptical about the claim that the upcoming 150th issue of the current TMNT series will be its last. Nevertheless, the event being promoted feels pretty apocalyptic and “final” and it’s described as a “conclusion of the ongoing series.”
IDW has been the home of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for quite some time now. The TMNT got their start in the comics, after all, 40 years ago as a humble black and white indie release. Now a new deal between IDW and Paramount assures their current gig will continue for quite some time to come.
Though I wanted to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem in the theater, I never had the time. And I’m not pleased by that fact, since this kind of cool animation style was made to be seen on a big screen. The movie is available digitally now, but I don’t have many other reasons to seek out a Paramount+ subscription.
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Everyone is eagerly anticipating Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, the return of the ninjas who are turtles to the big screen in a fresh new form. The film is expected to be a hit for Paramount and Nickelodeon, enough so that they’ve gone ahead and approved a sequel for production.
Kevin Eastman’s The Last Ronin, a TMNT story set in a hypothetical dark future where Michelangelo is the last living Turtle, was a huge hit for publisher IDW. It made the New York Times bestseller list and drove the company to introduce expansions like a prequel called Lost Years and even a book consisting of just the covers. Now it’s time for the next step, as Eastman and IDW announce The Last Ronin II. Turns out the Ronin wasn’t so “last” after all!
There may not be a lot of movie news coming out of SDCC this year…but there will be plenty of comics! The likes of Disney and Universal panels will be replaced by panels showcasing what the convention was meant to be about in the first place. Comics publisher IDW has a lot planned, and they laid it all out for us today.
Critics praised TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge when it came out for modern consoles and PC last year. A new installment in the storied tradition of Ninja Turtle beat-em-ups, it retained the spirit of 90s arcade action while updating it to feel fresh again. Now publisher Dotemu and developer Tribute Games say they’re giving us more, which is fine with us.
It’s going to be a good year for animated movies. We get Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse in mere days, and a couple months after that, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles leap onto the big screen in their fir====er, SECOND ever animated film, subtitled Mutant Mayhem.
If there’s one sentence I never expected to type in my lifetime, “official crossover between Ninja Turtles and Stranger Things” is certainly it. Up to this point any comic offshoot of the popular TV series (the latter one) has been strictly canon, often to the detriment of the comics themselves. They often explore nooks and crannies of the existing seasons that aren’t as interesting as the main events and feature barely any of the familiar cast. Was there ever a demand for a miniseries set entirely in Russia that explains how a Demogorgon got there? No, there was not. Give us Eleven, you cowards.