I've been searching all over the internet to figure out where in the IDW timeline the Macro series comics (about Don, Mike, Leo, & Raph) take place, but I can't find ANYTHING. Nothing. Not even on here.
... has them place, but none of the related pages say why they go there. I don't see anything that says what comics they take place between on the official IDW website where they're sold, no posts on Reddit, or any other wikis.
In the comics themselves, specifically the first, 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Macro-Series #1: Donatello', at the beginning it appears Don is being betrayed by Rocksteady & Bebop after having teamed up with them in a previous comic issue in the timeline.
I was trying to place the Macro-Don issue based on that info, but I couldn't find anything in the few comics I checked, and nothing popped up when I was searching google.
So, where do the comics come in the chronological reading order, and why?
The Don, Leo and Raph issues all take place shortly before the current arc of the series, because they all focus on events (Don's encounter with Metalhead, Leo's deal with Karai, Raph's capture) that are tied directly to the current arc's events or character development.
The Mikey one takes place shortly after Kingdom of Rats, since that involves the bringing of the children to the Foot Clan.
What makes that one so official? That's not meant to come off as rude, it's just that everyone seems to have a different version of the read-order for these comics, and no one says why their chronology is better or why they have theirs ordered like they do. I've tried looking for an official timeline, but the closest there is is a really vague picture of the Trade Paper Backs, with a handful of the side series pointing vaguely at some of the volumes.
Also has a timeline, and it's reference by the TMNT subreddit, and it's almost completely different. Unfortunately they haven't added some of the newer releases, but that's besides the point. Their order is different, and supported by a fairly significant TMNT community.
So, who am I suppose to believe in this? I can't just jump in on my own, I won't know what is going on. The story pacing will be ruined, and the jumping around will make it hard to understand the story.
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So I just noticed that the TMNT Universe issues have two stories in them, that mostly take place at different parts in the timeline, even though they're part of the same comic issue. Can I just ignore the placement of the backup stories, and go by the placement of the main stories? It's honestly kinda stupid they did it that way.
Even if there were no authoritative list, I have been inclined think that, as with Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the Mirage era, the chronological placement of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe stories could not be assumed to follow publication order. And the list from Technodrome Forums indicates that at least one TMNT Universe story, Service Animals, takes place at least some time after several of the stories published after it.