Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (IDW Publishing)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The cover of issue number 2. Art by Dan Duncan; colors by Ronda Pattison.
Publication information
Publisher IDW Publishing
Schedule Bi-weekly
Format Ongoing series
Genre
Publication date August 2011present
Number of issues 72 (as of October 2014)
Main character(s) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Creative team
Writer(s) Kevin Eastman
Tom Waltz
Artist(s) Kevin Eastman
Dan Duncan (#1 to #12)
Andy Kuhn (#13)
Creator(s) Kevin Eastman
Peter Laird

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an ongoing comic book series published by IDW Publishing. Since its inception in August 2011, it has been the first new comic version of the turtles to debut after the sale of the franchise to Nickelodeon in October 2009. The initial creative team consisted of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman (who collaborated on the plot and the page layouts), Tom Waltz (who scripted the series) and artist Dan Duncan.

The series slightly re-imagines the origins of the Turtles, as well as other characters such as April O'Neil, Splinter and Casey Jones. It has also introduced new characters, such as Old Hob, a mutated cat, and Alopex, a mutant polar fox who begins her new life as an assassin of the Foot Clan. Notably, the series, like the original Mirage version, initially gives all four Turtles red eye masks until issue #5, where Splinter gives Leonardo, Donatello and Michelangelo their well-known blue, purple and orange masks, respectively.

Additionally, the series features characters and plot devices from all over the to-date TMNT franchise, including Karai, the Utroms, the Triceratons, the Rat King and Professor Honeycutt from the Mirage Comics; Krang, the Stone Soldiers, Slash, Bebop and Rocksteady, Mondo Gecko, the Technodrome and the Neutrinos from the 1987 cartoon series; Hun, Angel and the Battle Nexus Tournament from the 2003 cartoon series; and Pigeon Pete from the contemporary 2012 CGI series.

Plot[edit]

Hamato Yoshi is a member of the Foot Clan led by Oroku Saki during Japan's feudal period. After seeing Saki act ruthlessly, Yoshi leaves the Clan and is marked a traitor. Saki orders Yoshi's wife and four sons to be put to death. Yoshi's wife, Tang Shen, is attacked and severely wounded. With her last breath she beseeches Yoshi to protect himself and the children. He flees with the boys and remains on the run for many years. Saki, who will later be known as Shredder, eventually finds Yoshi and his children then murders them all.

Yoshi and his sons are reincarnated as a rat and four turtles in a research laboratory called Stockgen owned by Baxter Stockman, a scientist who has secretly allied himself with Krang. Members of the Foot Clan break into the facility to steal an alien mutagen. The animals are taken by mistake and after fleeing into a sewer they are covered with the spilled mutagen and transformed into enlightened, humanoid beings.

Yoshi, now called Splinter remembers his past life and begins to train the turtles in the art of ninjutsu. An assistant at Stockgen, April O'Neil, names the turtles after Renaissance artists: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael. Unfortunately, the seemingly trivial event which led to the creation of the Turtles and Splinter is part of an escalating conflict between two powers trying to take control of the Earth: The Foot Clan, with their leader The Shredder, who has survived into the new age due to the machinations of the shape-shifting witch Kitsune; and the Utrom warlord Krang, who plans to terraform Earth into a new home for the last survivors of his race. Finding new allies as they go, the Turtles are forced to strive and save the world from total destruction as this two-fold conflict begins to spin out of control.

Comics[edit]

Main series[edit]

The ongoing comic main started in August 2011 and has released 72 issues as of October 2014.

Micro-series[edit]

As per TMNT tradition, four one-shots (officially a mini-series) were released focusing on each turtle, with issue #4 tying in to #9 of the main series. Due to the heavy popularity of the series, IDW announced another 4 issues, focusing on Master Splinter, Casey Jones, April O'Neil and the Fugitoid. Associate Editor, Bobby Curnow, says that if popularity increases the Micro-Series will become the IDW equivalent of Mirage's Tales of the TMNT.

In April 2013, a new series of eight one-shots, under the title Villains Micro-series, started.[1] The first four issues focus on Krang, Baxter Stockman, Old Hob and Alopex. Other issues focused on Karai, Hun, Bebop & Rocksteady and Shredder.

Infestation 2[edit]

The Turtles were included in the IDW crossover event Infestation 2. They appeared in one panel in the first issue of the main series. Raphael also appeared on the covers for both issues of the main series; as does Donatello on a variant cover of #1.

The Turtles were also given their own two-part miniseries. A series of strange occurrences leads the Turtles into long forgotten tunnels, where they are forced to confront the Lovecraftian creature Shub-Niggaruth and its cult of warped monstrosities.

TMNT Annual 2012[edit]

A 48-page Black-and-White annual issue was released in October 2012 (colored and released in hardcover January 2014). Its plot focuses on the loss of a valuable peace offering to the Foot Clan from the Savate Ninja syndicate, which inadvertently proves the catalyst of a vicious gang war which will threaten New York City. [2]

Secret History of the Foot Clan[edit]

A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles four-part mini-series, titled Secret History of the Foot Clan, was published from January through March 2013. The series tells the story about the original founder of the Foot.[3]

Utrom Empire[edit]

A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles three-part mini-series, titled Utrom Empire, was started in January 2014. The series focusses on Krang, Professor Honeycutt and Baxter Stockman, as their struggles against each other put the last of the Utrom race into dire peril, as well as including a story about the last days of the titular Utrom empire.[4]

The X-Files: Conspiracy[edit]

A one-shot issue was published in February 2014 as part of the The X-Files: Conspiracy mini-series crossover event. Guest characters include the Lone Gunmen and the vampire characters from the X-Files episode "Bad Blood".[5]

TMNT Annual 2014[edit]

This annual edition features apprentice time mistress Renet from the Mirage Comics and the Battle Nexus Tournament from the 2003 TV series.[6] Originally slated for April 2014, the release was rescheduled to August due to production difficulties.

TMNT 30th Anniversary Special[edit]

A special edition commemorating the brand's 30th anniversary. Featuring five short stories, one of them entitled "Ready Set Go!" was previously released in Hero Comics 2012;[7] the other four short stories are each set in one of the comic continuities - Mirage, Image, Archie Comics, and IDW - which arose with the franchise.

Turtles in Time[edit]

A four-issue mini-series running from June to September 2014. It was a continuation from the story in TMNT Annual 2014.[8]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters[edit]

A four-issue mini-series crossover with IDW's Ghostbusters comic series, celebrating the 30th anniversaries of both franchises. It began publication in October 2014. [9] The story deals with the Turtles and their friends testing a teleportation device whose plans were provided by Professor Honeycutt. Due to a slight mishap during activation, they end up in the Ghostbusters' reality, along with an immortal, hostile creature once known as Chiyou, who seeks domination over mankind.

Collected editions[edit]

The various series have been collected in the following trade paperbacks:

Title Release date Collected material
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol.1: Change is Constant February 21, 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1-4
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Micro-Series Vol. 1 June 26, 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Micro-Series #1-4
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 2: Enemies Old, Enemies New July 24, 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5-8
Infestation 2 Vol. 3 August 28, 2012 Infestation 2: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1-2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 3: Shadows of the Past October 9, 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #9-12
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Micro-Series Vol. 2 November 20, 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Micro-Series #5-8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 4: Sins of the Fathers February 19, 2013 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #13-16
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 5: Krang War May 14, 2013 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #17-20
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan June 12, 2013 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan #1-4
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 6: City Fall Part 1 October 29, 2013 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #21-24
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Villain Micro-Series Vol. 1 November 26, 2013 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Villain Micro-Series #1-4
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 7: City Fall Part 2 February 18, 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #25-28
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Villain Micro-Series Vol. 2 March 25, 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Villain Micro-Series #5-8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 8: Northampton June 11, 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #29-32
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Utrom Empire July 29, 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Utrom Empire #1-3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 9: Monsters, Misfits, and Madmen  October 21, 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #33-36
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Turtles in Time December 17, 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Turtles in Time #1-4
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 10: New Mutant Order February 24, 2015 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #37-40
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters April 14, 2015 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters #1-4

Other TMNT publications by IDW[edit]

Graphic novels[edit]

Collections of the original Mirage comics series:

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Vol. 1, collecting Mirage Studios' Vol. 1 issues #1–7, and Raphael #1 (December 2011)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Vol. 2, collecting Mirage Studios' Vol. 1 issues #8-11, along with the Michaelangelo, Leonardo, and Donatello "micro-series" one-shots (April 2012)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Vol. 3, collecting Mirage Studios' Vol. 1 issues #12, 14, 15, 17, and 19–21 (August 2012)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Vol. 4, collecting Mirage Studios' Vol. 1 issues #48-55 (April 2013)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Vol. 5, collecting Mirage Studios' Vol. 1 issues #56-62 (October 2013)


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Vol. 1, collecting colorized versions of Mirage Studios' Vol. 1 issue #13 along with a collection of stories from the Shell Shock TP; "Bottoming Out", "New York Ninja", "Word Warriors", "49th Street Stompers", "Junkman", "O Deed", "Road Trip", "Don't Judge a Book", "A Splinter in the Eye of God?", "Night Life", and "Meanwhile... 1,000,000 B.C.". (June 2012)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Vol. 2, collecting colorized versions of Mirage Studios' Vol. 1 issues #16, 22, and 23 (August 2012)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Vol. 3, collecting colorized versions of Mirage Studios' Vol. 1 issues #27-29 (December 2012)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Vol. 4, collecting colorized versions of Mirage Studios' Vol. 1 issues #32, 33, and 37 along with “The Ring” (from Turtle Soup Vol. 2 Book One) (March 2013)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Vol. 5, collecting colorized versions of Mirage Studios' Vol. 1 issues #34 and #38-40 (May 2013)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Vol. 6, collecting colorized versions of Mirage Studios' Vol. 1 issues #42-44 (August 2013)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Vol. 7, collecting colorized versions of Mirage Studios' Vol. 1 issues #45-47 and six short stories from Shell Shock: "Ghouls Night Out," "Crazy Man," "The Survival Game," "The Howl," "Technofear," and "It's A Gas" (November 2013)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Vol. 8, collecting Mirage Studios' Vol. 2 issues #1-5 (May 2014)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Vol. 9 (December 2014)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Vol. 10 (April 2015)


  • Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1, Tales of the TMNT Volume I #1-4 + Extras (December 2012)
  • Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 2, Tales of the TMNT Volume I #5-7 (April 2013)
  • Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 3, Tales of the TMNT Volume II #1-4 (October 2013)
  • Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 4, Tales of the TMNT Volume II #5-8 (May 2014)
  • Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 5, Tales of the TMNT Volume II #9-12 (August 2014)
  • Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 6, Tales of the TMNT Volume II #13-16 (November 2014)
  • Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 7, Tales of the TMNT Volume II #17-20 (February 2015)


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Works, Volume 1, collecting colorized versions of Mirage Studios' Vol. 1 issues #1–7, and Raphael #1 (May 2013)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Works, Volume 2, collecting colorized versions of Mirage Studios' Vol. 1 issues #8-11, Michaelangelo #1, Donatello #1, and Leonardo #1 (October 2013)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Works, Volume 3, collecting colorized versions of Mirage Studios' Vol. 1 issues #12, #14-15, #17, and #19-21 (September 2014)


  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Legends: Soul's Winter (December 2014)


Collections of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures originally published by Archie Comics:

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Vol. 1 (August 2012)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Vol. 2 (October 2012)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Vol. 3 (January 2013)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Vol. 4 (March 2013)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Vol. 5 (July 2013)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Vol. 6 (December 2013)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Vol. 7 (May 2014)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Vol. 8 (September 2014)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Vol. 9 (January 2015)

Comics[edit]

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 100-Page Spectacular (April 2012) - Collects the 3-issue miniseries that preceded the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures ongoing.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics (begun May 2012) - This series reprints the first eleven Eastman/Laird issues (with the exception of issue #8 due to guest character rights ownership problems) and the four turtle Micros in full color with coloring by Tom Smith.


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