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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book relaunch recruits Avengers and Action Comics writer Jason Aaron

Aaron will bring the pizza when he relaunches the iconic comic book series this summer

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Image credit: Dan Duncan/IDW

Just days after announcing the end of its current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book series, IDW has revealed plans for a relaunch this summer, with a new writer attached to the property — one with a lot of experience working with teams and mutants. Starting this summer, former Avengers and Wolverine & The X-Men writer Jason Aaron will be the man responsible for the heroes in a half-shell.

The new era will begin in June with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Alpha #1, before a July launch of a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1. According to ComicBook.com, which officially broke the news, the new series is notably a relaunch and not a reboot, meaning that the events of the current comic book series will remain in canon for the new title.

In a statement, Aaron said about the new series, “Launching a new TMNT comic series in the midst of the characters' 40th anniversary is clearly one of those dream jobs of all comic book dream jobs. Especially for me, a kid who first fell in love with the Turtles all those years ago because of that original Mirage Studios series, buying those groundbreaking issues fresh off the rack, comics that kicked you in the face with their action-packed grit and gloriously raw attitude. I couldn't be more honored and thrilled to get to add to that esteemed legacy of comic book face-kicking, especially as part of an amazing IDW run that has expanded the world and timeline of the Turtles in such daring and exciting ways. In terms of what's to come, the kid in me wants you to know that you can expect some good old-fashioned grit, a sprinkle of dark, new attitude and all the bone-cracking action that four mutated ninja brothers can possibly handle.”

Aaron’s collaborators on the new series have yet to be announced.

"Working with Jason Aaron has been something I have wanted to do for a long time, so that in itself is a treat. Even better, though, is getting to go on an expedition with him to explore a fictional world that he hasn't worked in before. And of course, he has not disappointed,” Jamie S. Rich, IDW editor-in-chief, added in his own statement. “From the very first conversations, it was clear that he brought a real passion to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the sort of excitement you can only get from a true fan. He's a master of his craft, and each new script has only gotten me more excited for the rest of the world to see what he's coming up with."

The current TMNT series will end with April’s #150, by longtime writer Sophie Campbell and artists Vincenzo Federici, Dan Duncan, and Fero Pe.


Watch Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman's full panel from 2023's C2E2 right here.

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