2019 is a major anniversary year for pop culture. It’s the 80th anniversary of Batman and the 35th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. To celebrate these milestone birthdays, DC Comics is joining forces with IDW Publishing once again for Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, a six-issue mini-series serving as a conclusion to the trilogy of team-ups. I could not be happier.
Writer James Tynion IV returns to pen this series, joined once again by Freddie E. Williams II and colorist Jeremy Colwell.
Series writer James Tynion IV says:
I still remember the e-mail asking me if I wanted to write the first Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover. My brain couldn’t even process what I was reading for a few seconds, and I started having a panic attack about fitting it into my work schedule. Then, finally, I pictured Michelangelo’s reaction to seeing the T. rex in the Batcave for the first time and started laughing out loud.
Kevin Eastman will illustrate variant covers for the series.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman adds:
When I got the call asking if I would be interested in doing some covers for a Batman/TMNT crossover, the ten-year-old Batman fan got up and ran around the room screaming at the top of his lungs with excitement…then the fifty-year-old life-long Batman fan did the same thing!
Throughout the course of the first two series we’ve seen the Foot Clan in Gotham and then Bane in New York City. In the third and biggest chapter, Krang gets his slimy hands on the most dangerous technologies in the DC Universe.
Artist Freddie E. Williams II says:
The story for volume three is a blast, and I am having the time of my life illustrating it. And lucky for me, I’m not alone in this grand task. I’m having a huge and exciting personal crossover of my own with one of my all-time heroes and favorite artists, Kevin Eastman! Say what? Yup, you heard that right! We’ve got something so fun and exciting planned! I’m geeking out about it every day, and I think all of you will, too!
I am so in for this series. I absolutely loved the first two so I cannot wait for another chapter. The fun kicks off on May 1st, 2019.