Mar 14

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #21 to feature interior art by Kevin Eastman

Right after the conclusion of the epic Krang War storyline, TMNT fans will be treated to a special one shot story in Issue 21. the story is will be fully drawn by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman. Check out what kevin had to say about the issue, as well as some beautiful preview pages, thanks to a CBR interview.

From interview:

CBR: You said the Turtles have been taking their status as ninja experts for granted in the series so far. Does that mean the Turtles will be taken down a peg in issue #21?

Kevin: That was essentially what we wanted to do. What I suggested is that they have a lot of skill but they’re mutants so we assume their abilities are above those of normal humans, but that requires you to assume a lot.

When Tom designed the new IDW “Turtles” universe, which has taken parts from the original “Turtles” black and white series, parts of the animated series and bits and pieces of the movies rolled in to one to make this new universe, the new origin story for the Turtles was that they were boys who were killed by the original Shredder back in feudal Japan. They were still very, very young, and whether they’re mutant turtles or young boys, they still haven’t completed their journey.

I felt that there was a great opportunity that tapped into, again, stuff that I thought about back in the beginning of the original “Turtles” series going back to almost the first issues, and that’s that it’d be great to continue their training. The more I learned about martial arts stuff, the more I thought we could apply a lot more realism and things.

So that’s exactly what issue #21 is designed to do: take them down a peg. Ground them a bit more in the realities of real martial arts abilities and technical abilities and things. The general public is a lot smarter in those areas now, anyways, just thanks to movies and other things. They’re used to seeing a lot higher level of skill thanks to things like “The Matrix.”


The synopsis of Issue 21 reads as follow: ” In this special issue drawn by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, the Turtles have struggled to survive against unstoppable enemies and impossible odds. The time has come for the next stage of their training to begin. The lesson turns deadly, though, when a mysterious new opponent arrives and teaches the Turtles they have MUCH left to learn”

Who could this new enemy be?


head over to CBR to read the full interview.

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