This new spin-off sets itself apart from the ongoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series by spotlighting characters and storylines that are pivotal to the vast IDW TMNT universe, while also showcasing fan-favorite creators alongside emerging talent.
“The story of IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is now too large to confine to just one ongoing series!” says 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.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe will explore tales along the entire continuity of the current ongoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, which recently hit 56 issues and counting. This will mark the first time two ongoing Turtles comics will run in tandem since IDW got involved with the property.
Also noted in the press release is the creative team for the first story arc, which will feature writer Paul Allor and artist Damian Couceiro. This story will be "centered around a dangerous new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles foe—the U.S. government!" These first issues will also feature a back-up story by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and Bill Sienkiewicz. And look for regular cover art by Freddie E Williams II, with a standard set of the variant covers we've come to expect from IDW.
Be sure to tell your local comic shop that you want Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe, and watch for it to hit shelves in August!