IDW Publishing announced TMNT Universe comic

TMNT UniverseIDW Publishing announced a new series called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe by writer Paul Allor and artist Damian Couceiro, with backups by writers Tom Waltz and TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and artist Bill Sienkiewicz.

This new series will tell stories focused on various supporting characters in the TMNT world. Some of the characters you can expect to see in this new series include Casey Jones, Fugitoid, Old Hob, April, Nobody, Harold, and Baxter Stockman.  There is also the promise of a couple brand new villains.

Writer Paul Allor gave a little information on the TMNT Universe story-line.  “This is a classic siege story in the vein of Rio Bravo and Assault on Preinct 13. It’s a brutal, action-packed siege story packed with villains old and new. It’s also very driven by the relationship between these four brothers,” Allor said.


When questioned why they are expanding the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles titles series editor Bobby Curnow replied, “Essentially over the past four-plus years our TMNT world has grown too large to contain to one monthly title. There are dozens of fan-favorite characters. In short, we need a second title to do the TMNT Universe justice. With two series we can flesh out these supporting characters more and devote greater time to the Turtles themselves and expanding their world. Our aim is to tell stories that are self-contained but complementary to the original ongoing TMNT title.”

“In addition to enabling us to tell stories that we might not get the time to otherwise, my aim for this series is encourage creators, both new and familiar to TMNT, to stretch their creative muscles and run. Often in the past we’ve been shackled a bit to the events of the ongoing title. Here if a creator wants to tell a story that’s a bit farther away, in either tone or plot, than what is happening in the ongoing title we can explore it. My hope is that we’ll be able to nurture and flourish the creativity that has always been a huge part of TMNT and in doing so bring new creators and readers to the title,” Curnow said.

Finally, here’s the official solicitation info for the series, out in August.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #1

Creators: (W) Paul Allor, Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz (A) Damian Couceiro, Kevin Eastman, Bill Sienkiewicz (CA) Reg.: Freddie Williams Sub.: Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Solicitation: Introducing a new era in TMNT! This series will explore characters and storylines that are pivotal to the IDW TMNT Universe! When a mysterious new mutant targets Baxter Stockman, it will be up to the TMNT to reluctantly save him. Little does everyone know that a larger trap is being laid by a new arch-foe! Plus, a back-up story from TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and comics legend Bill Sienkiewicz!

Appeal: “The story of IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is now too large to confine to just one ongoing series!” said TMNT editor Bobby Curnow. “With Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe, we’ll be able to fully explore all of the exciting characters and plots that the world of the Turtles has to offer. This series will also be the perfect venue for some of the best creators in the industry to tell Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stories in their own unique voice.”

FC • 40 pages • $4.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #1 will be on the shelves in August.


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