In 1996, a different Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic series unleashed on the comic shelves, surprising fans with a grittier, more violent take on the half-shelled heroes (than what was popularized from the cartoon). By writer Gary Carlson and artist Frank Fosco, the series shook up its status quo with twists and turns, eventually gaining fans and going on underappreciated. It’s run was abruptly cut after 23 issues in 1999, leaving the story undone.
But now, that changed with the new comic series from IDW, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Urban Legends, a return to finish the story by the original creative team of writer Gary Carlson and artist Frank Fosco, reunited. Joining them will be colorist, Adam Guzowski (who skillfully colored the entire series). This will be the conclusion, with a new storyline representing issues #24-26.
The new storyline, debuting with issue #24 in April, unmasks the mysterious and deadly Lady Shredder, leading to a senses-shattering showdown that TMNT fans have waited two decades to see!
“It’s a pleasure to be able to finish up the TMNT storylines that Frank Fosco and I started over twenty years ago,” says Carlson in a recent press release. “I have always been proud of the issues we did at Image. It’s great to know that our run hasn’t been forgotten, and that so many fans are excited to see how it would have ended.”
“After all these years, we’re excited to finally be able to wrap up this awesome storyline… so put a helmet on, buckle up, and jump on for an exciting ride full of twists and turns. We’ve all been waiting for this!” says Fosco.
“IDW is proud to have helped Gary and Frank’s adrenaline-packed iteration of TMNT reach its natural and satisfying conclusion,” says editor Megan Brown. “It’s been an immensely rewarding experience to bring this series to both a new audience and old fans, and to see a renewed interest in the wonderful Urban Legends!”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Urban Legends, will kick shell at comic stores, this April.