IDW Team-Up The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles And Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo In 2023

by Olly MacNamee

In 2023, brilliant storyteller Stan Sakai will once again weave together two of the most beloved concepts in history The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be teaming up with fellow anthropomorphic samurai sword wielding Usagi Yojimbo in a new five-issue mini-series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Usagi Yojimbo: WhereWhen. WhereWhen. published by IDW in partnership with Dogu Publishing and Paramount Consumer Products.

“In 1984, the indie comics scene erupted with the creation of two enduring phenomena: Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Given the two series’ anthropomorphic heroes, reverence for Japanese culture, and mutual respect among their highly skilled creators, it was no wonder that the two properties would crossover in comics, multiple animated series, and toy lines over the next four decades.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pursue the evil cyborg genius Dr. WhereWhen through a time portal…and emerge in feudal Japan! There, they encounter Miyamoto Usagi, 20 years into the samurai’s future but decades after the arrival of Dr. WhereWhen—who has already carved himself a fiefdom using mechanized clockwork samurai robots, with the intention of conquering both the past and current timelines!”

Sakai said of this exciting new comic:

“I am so pleased with the story and art for WhereWhen. There is a lot of emotion and, of course, lots of action. I actually wrote this story about five years ago and had been anxious to get to it. In the past, the Turtles have met just a few of Usagi’s friends. This time, everyone is thrown in—Gen, Tomoe, Jotaro, Yukichi, Kitsune, Chizu, and more! This one is epic!”

Co-creator of the TMNT, Kevin Eastman added:

“Usagi Yojimbo arrived in the world of comics the very same year as TMNT, and our lifelong personal and creative relationships with the characters and each other were built on mutual love and respect for the medium. Anytime Stan Sakai wants to bring them together for a tale, I’m one-hundred-percent front row center.”

Each  issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Usagi Yojimbo: WhereWhen will feature a wraparound cover by Sakai, plus alternate covers by TMNT co-creator Eastman, Sarah Myer (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Saturday Morning Adventures), and David Petersen (Mouse Guard). Issue #1 will also include a blank cover variant, perfect for artists or even convention commissions”.

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