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 Nickelodeon 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.
The series is kinda like a fusion between the original Mirage comics and the 1987 cartoon show, as it slightly re-imagines 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 the mutated cat named Old Hob. 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..
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, he leaves and is classified 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 fleeing for eleven seasons. Yoshi and his sons are killed by Saki.
In the present, Yoshi and his sons are re-incarnated 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 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 were named by April O'Neil, an intern at StockGen, after famous Renaissance painters, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael.
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 has announced another 4 issues, focusing on Master Splinter, Casey Jones, April O'Neil and the Fugitoid. Following the passing of Franco Urru, Associate Editor Bobby Curnow revealed that Urru was working on an Alopex issue, which may end up being finished by someone else. Curnow has said that if popularity increases, the Micro-Series will become the IDW equivalent of Mirage's Tales of the TMNT.
Starting in April 2013, a new series of four one-shots, under the title Villain Micro-series, will start. The first issue will focus on Krang.
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 2-part miniseries. A series of strange occurrences leads the Turtles into long forgotten tunnels. The Turtles encounter a Lovecraftian monster and dispatch with it; later going on to investigate. 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; but Shub Niggurath comes out of his hidey-hole and battles the Turtles. They defeated him by throwing a statue on top of him and practically save their world, but other dimensions are far from saved.
Secret History of the Foot ClanEdit
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.
Turtles and FamilyEdit
- The Shredder
- Master Tatsu
- Foot Ninja
- Alopex 
- Takeshi Tatsuo
- Oroku Maji
- Blake Anders
- Brooklyn S. Bridge
- Casey's Mom
- Frank Corbin
- Richard Miller
- Timmy Two-Shoes
- Dr. Patrick Miller
- Kid Kennedy
- Ol' Man Rupert
- Arnie Jones
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1: Change is Constant (February 2012)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 2: Enemies Old, Enemies New (July 2012)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 3: Shadows of the Past (September 2012)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 4: Sins of the Fathers (February 2013)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 5: Krang War (May 2013)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Micro-Series Vol. 1 (July 2012)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Micro-Series Vol. 2 (November 2012)
Secret History of the Foot ClanEdit
Other TMNT publications by IDWEdit
Collections of the original Mirage comics series:
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 (December 2011)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Vol. 2 (April 2012)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Vol. 3 (August 2012)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Vol. 4 (April 2013)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Vol. 5 (July 2013)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Vol. 1 (August 2012)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Vol. 2 (September 2012)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Vol. 3 (January 2013)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Vol. 4 (April 2013)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Vol. 5 (May 2013)
- Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1 (December 2012)
- Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 2 (April 2013)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Works Vol. 1 (May 2013)
- 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: 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 elven Eastman/Laird and the four Micros issues in full color with coloring by Tom Smith.