Thursday, April 7, 2016

IDW announces second Ninja Turtles ongoing series: TMNT Universe

TMNT Universe #1 will be coming in August!

According to the solicit, it's essentially going to be the Micro-Series style expanded into an ongoing anthology.  And that's pretty much what I've been wanting for a long time.

IDW's TMNT ongoing has been burdened with what you'd term a "good problem to have".  Basically, there were too many cool and compelling characters for a single series to do justice.  The series of companion minis have almost all been excellent, but just not quite enough.

With that in mind, TMNT Universe is more of a good thing.  It'll give the ongoing some breathing room, letting the Turtles take center stage in their own book again while allowing all those other cool characters a chance to have adventures independent from the Turtles.  And many of them, such as the Mutanimals and the Alopex/Nobody/Harold team, have long had the potential to carry their own narratives

Paul Allor was announced as the first head writer and he (along with Erik Burnham) has been one of the best recurring writers in the series.  Utrom Empire and Mutanimals were both excellent.

Should be good stuff and no doubt an impending headache for my IDW timeline.  But eh, no one's MAKING me do that chronology shit so it's a headache of my own design.


Anonymous said...

Huh, that is exactly what Sonic comics did. Their comic is even called "Sonic Universe". If series will be mostly made out of 4-parters, then it will be a great coincidence.

Chet said...

Guess I'll be visiting your blog even more often, Mark!

Anonymous said...

Considering this essentially replaces the mini's and micro's, IDW really isn't putting out any more comics than usual. The Bebop/Rocksteady destroy everything mini will be the last one they do.

senorc said...

It really annoys me that there not gonna call it "Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". even if they are concerned that mirage will do more of those (HIGHLY unlikely in the foreseeable future), that's called 'Tales of the TMNT' which might sound like small difference but they're fine with publishing "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" along side Mirage's "TMNT" so really, there is no excuse (Not that I think that really would be the reason its just the best I could come up with). I wonder if these will be for issue arcs like the minis or one-shots like the micros. If they are One-shots I would love to see some mirage staffers do some (Unlikely, but hey, with all the different talent they get for the micros and minis it COULD happen. Also I just want more Lawson art, love me some Lawson art, speaking of which, get to publishing Vol 4 in Classics Vol. 11 IDW!! come one I want more sweet Lawson covers!). Anyway, I'm sure the chronology wont be to hard, I mean you DID manage to put all the tales issues and short strips in the Mirage timeline and considering the continuity notes Curnow put in the micros he might do that here too, although was Curnow editing the Minis? if he wasn't he probably wont edit this. anyway this is way too long.

Shane Hero said...

This is a great idea! There is a lot they can do with a series like this if used to its full potential. We can see stories that take place alongside events in the main series, or stories that take place in the past and stories that allow time to flesh out some of the characters who just don't get enough time in the main series.

I think one of the big advantages with a series like this as opposed to the mini series format, is they don't need to worry about the concept of each issue being "marketable". I've no doubt that there could be great stories that focus on lesser recognised characters, but they might not necessarily sell as well because they lack name value. Also this allows them to have single issue stories, 4 parters or whatever else they feel like doing.

As far as I'm concerned, more Turtle comics is always a good thing.