Some TMNT stuff really isn't for little kids.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an ongoing comic book series published by IDW Publishing. It's the first new comic version of the Turtles to debut since the TMNT franchise was sold to Viacom in October 2009. The initial creative team consisted of TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, who collaborates on the plot and the page layouts; Tom Waltz, who scripts the series; and Dan Duncan, who handled finished art, and Bobby Curnow was the series editor.

The comic launched in August of 2011. Like the original Mirage series, a group of one-shots focusing on each Turtle have been released, in addition to one-shots about some of the Turtles' allies and enemies. The first one was Raphael, released in December 2011.[1]

The series is a loose mix between the original Mirage comics and the 1987 and 2003 television series as it slightly reimagines the origins of the Turtles, as well as other characters such as April O'Neil, Krang and Casey Jones. It has also introduced new characters, such as a mutated cat named Old Hob. Notably, the series, like the original Mirage version, initially gave all four Turtles red bandanas until issue #5, where Splinter gives Leonardo, Donatello and Michelangelo their well-known blue, purple and orange bandanas, respectively.

For most of the series' run, Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz have been head writers, later also including Bobby Curnow. While Dan Duncan was the series' first artist, many others have contributed their art talents to issues of the ongoing series, including Eastman himself along with Ben Bates, Sophie Campbell, Damian Couceiro, Michael Dialynas, Ken Garing, Adam Gorham, Chris Johnson, Andy Kuhn, Brahm Revel, Mateus Santolouco, Cory Smith, Dave Wachter and Charles Paul Wilson III. Starting with issue #101, Eastman, Waltz and Curnow stepped back from their roles as head writers, and the series' head writer is now Sophie Campbell, with Eastman and Waltz remaining as story consultants and Curnow as editor.

In Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, these comics are published by Komilfo (Комильфо).


In the past, in Feudal Japan, Hamato Yoshi is a member of the Foot Clan, led by Oroku Saki. After seeing Saki make a ruthless choice, Yoshi leaves and is declared a traitor. Saki then orders the clan to kill Yoshi's wife and four sons. As the Foot Clan kills Yoshi's wife, Tang Shen, her dying wish is for the rest of the family to be safe. After managing to evade capture for eleven years, Yoshi and his sons are killed by Saki.

In the present, Yoshi and his sons are reincarnated as a rat named Splinter and four turtles, contained in a research facility called StockGen, owned by Baxter Stockman, a scientist who has secretly allied himself with Krang, a ruthless Utrom from Dimension X. But the Foot Clan still lives, and they break into StockGen one night and steal some some chemicals, which, after a long chase, end up mutating Splinter and the turtles into humanoid creatures.

Splinter, remembering his previous life, decides to train his sons in ninjutsu. Each of Turtles was named by April O'Neil (an intern at StockGen) after famous Renaissance painters: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael. After 15 months of training, the Turtles work together in the shadows to oppose fierce threats, including Krang and his allies from Dimension X, and the Foot Clan, led by the revived Oroku Saki, who is now known as the Shredder.


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 four issues, focusing on Splinter, Casey Jones, April O'Neil and the Fugitoid.

Starting in April 2013, a new series of one-shots, under the title Villain Micro-series, was started. The villains highlighted were Krang, Baxter Stockman, Old Hob, Alopex, Karai, Hun, Bebop and Rocksteady, and The Shredder.

Infestation 2

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 did 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 beneath the sewers. The Turtles encounter a Lovecraftian monster and dispatch with it; later going on to investigate the series of tunnels. Leonardo is taken by the monsters and his brothers go to save him. They do so, but fall prey to an ambush. Thanks to a lot of dynamite, they are saved, until Shub Niggurath comes out of his hidey-hole and battles the Turtles. They defeated him by throwing a statue on top of him, practically saving their world, but the other affected dimensions are far from saved.

Secret History of the Foot Clan

A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles four-part mini-series, titled Secret History of the Foot Clan, started publishing in January 2013. The series tells the story about the original founder of the Foot Clan and how the Foot is very much active in the present day.

Utrom Empire

A three-part mini-series entitled Utrom Empire, which details the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' interdimensional allies and enemies, began release in January 2014.


A four-issue miniseries spin-off that focuses on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' sometime-allies, the Mutanimals, began in February 2015. This miniseries introduced new mutant characters to the cast, as well as details about the Null Corporation.

Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything!

A miniseries that ran weekly throughout June 2016, which follows the adventures of Rocksteady and Bebop as they cause massive damage to time and space, and the Turtles' and Renet's attempt to stop them.


Turtles and family


Krang's Army

Foot Clan

Purple Dragons


Savate Ninja


Null Group



IDW Chronology

Collected editions

Main series


Infestation 2

Secret History of the Foot Clan

Other TMNT publications by IDW

Graphic novels

Collections of the original Mirage comics series:

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



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