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TNTM: Power Rangers, Ninja Turtles team up in new comic book

Not since 1998 have these two powerhouse ninja groups crossed over.  In the fourth episode of Power Rangers in Space named Shell Shock, they meet the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the series Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation.

In that episode one of the Power Ranger’s enemies brainwashed the Turtles to infiltrate and take over the ship.  An electric storm erases the brainwashing and the Power Rangers return the Turtles to New York.

BOOM! Studios has worked out a deal with Hasbro, IDW, and Nickelodeon to bring these to awesome ninja teams together again, but this time in a comic book.  This team up of the Ninja Turtles and the Power Rangers will be a five issue mini-series called Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The premise for the mini-series is Green Power Ranger, Tommy Oliver, goes missing.  The Power Rangers track him down to New York.  When they find him they discover he has teamed up with Shredder.

Luckily they also run into the Ninja Turtles and find they have a common enemy. If you are fan of either franchise you will definitely want to check this mini-series out.  Issue #1 is scheduled to be on the shelves December 4th.

Press Release

BOOM! Studios, under license by Hasbro, Inc. and in partnership with IDW and Nickelodeon, today announced an all-new five-issue limited series event –  MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES! Written by Ryan Parrott (Power Rangers: Necessary Evil) and illustrated by Simone di Meo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Venom Annual), the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fight – and maybe team up with – the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the first time in comic book history beginning December 2019.

The Power Rangers arrive in New York City to find Tommy Oliver – AKA The Mighty Morphin Green Ranger – but soon discover he’s joined forces with the villainous Shredder and the Foot Clan! As the Rangers are sent reeling by this betrayal, they’re confronted by another (fr)enemy – the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Can these heroes find a way to work together to defeat the bad guys and save the world from total destruction?!

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TNTM: Top 5 Ninja Turtles characters

Ninja Turtles Top 5 characters

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been around for a long time.  They have been in nearly every media such as comic books, trade paperbacks, special collector’s editions, toys, cartoons, movies, etc.  With their longevity there have been a lot of characters introduced in the main comic book and through cross-over story-lines from other comic book titles.  Jack and I compile our Top 5 list of favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle characters, excluding Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Donatello.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were first published in 1984 by Mirage Studios. The Turtles started from a humorous drawing sketched out by Kevin Eastman.   Eastman and his friend, Peter Laird, went back and forth trying to outdo each other on the concept of Ninja Turtles. They decided to make a comic book based on the characters they developed.  They used money from a tax refund along with a loan from Eastman’s uncle.  They self-published a single-issue comic intended to parody four of the most popular comics of the early 1980s: Daredevil ,  New MutantsCerebus, and Ronin.

The Turtles big break into the mainstream market happened when they met licensing agent, Mark Freedman. Freedman introduced them to wider merchandising opportunities. Their biggest deals were for a line of action figures from Playmates Toys and a cartoon seriesWhile the animated TV series (10 seasons) was more light-hearted, the comic-book series continued in a much darker and grittier tone.

The original movie featured the Ninja Turtles and Splinter being portrayed by actors in partially animatronic suits created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. The film became one of the most successful independent films.  That movie spawned two sequels as well as inspiring a three-dimensional animated film set in the same continuity. After the end of the cartoon series a live-action series in the vein of the films was created in 1997. The series was called Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation and introduced a fifth female turtle called Venus de Milo. The series was largely unsuccessful and was canceled after one season.

The property lay dormant until 2003, when a new animated TV series also entitled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began to air on Fox Box. The series storyline stuck much closer to the original Mirage comic book series but was still less violent. It lasted for seven seasons and 156 episodes, ending in February 2009.

On October 21, 2009, it was announced that cable channel Nickelodeon had purchased all of Mirage’s rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property. Mirage retains the rights to publish 18 issues a year.  The Ninja Turtles were brought back to the movie screen with a modernized/revamped look.  The newer movies are hit or miss with the older crowd that remembers the original Turtles.  The younger crowd that has no memory of the prior Ninja Turtles, overwhelmingly like the new movies.

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TNTM: Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past unboxing

Shadows of the Past unboxing

Zia Comics game guru, Trevor Cooper, was a backer for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past board game. He received the “Works” edition of the game. He goes through an un-boxing of the game for all you players waiting for the retail version.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles popularity has withstood time and spanned over numerous different media. They started as an Indy comic book, have several cartoon series, made blockbuster movies, had video games on many platforms, and spawned many card/board games. Shadows of the Past is the next entry into the card/board game arena for the Turtles.

IDW Publishing has the comic book rights for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. IDW has their own game manufacturing branch now. They have been making games that correspond to their comic book titles lately. Most of the IDW Publishing games have been pretty good. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past is their largest (by sheer number of pieces) board game yet.

Shadows of the Past began it’s life on Kickstarter. Judging by the amount it got funded, folks are liking the game.

From the Kickstarter campaign


It’s here! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game you’ve been waiting for! Play as one of the four turtle brothers (and some of their trusted allies), and defend New York City from thugs, ninjas, and of course the Shredder!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past is a story-driven adventure game for two to five players who will duel it out street by street and mission by mission to save (or conquer) New York. The game is based off of IDW’s ongoing comic book universe and features missions taken straight from some of the series’ biggest moments. Designed by the legendary Kevin Wilson (Descent, Arkham Horror) with input from Kevin Eastman and IDW’s entire TMNT creative team, this highly thematic adventure features incredible mechanics and gameplay. You’ve seen dice-chucking combat, but this is dice-nunchucking at its finest!


This campaign’s going to allow us to take a great game and make it amazing through the addition of a set of stretch goals we’re incredibly excited to reveal and—with your help—unlock!

More importantly, with a game this involved, it’s great to have an opportunity to interact with the fans. During the course of the campaign, we hope to answer any questions you have about IDW’s game, comics, or what our favorite pizza toppings are!

Description from the publisher:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past is a scenario-driven campaign game that features story content from the IDW TMNT comic. Taking the role of their favorite Turtle or the ultimate villain Shredder, players battle their way through a series of 60-90 minute missions in which they develop their characters’ strengths, fighting styles, and equipment along the way to create a lasting story arc. Fan-favorite characters like Casey Jones and Alopex appear throughout the missions as the Turtles call on their closest allies for help in battling their deadliest foes.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Hero Combat System:

Each Hero player in the game receives their own custom set of dice and Special Move cards uniquely matched to their character’s fighting style.

While it’s fun to have your own unique dice and moves, what really sets this game apart is the shared dice mechanic once combat begins.

Each round, every Hero player simultaneously rolls their dice then lays them out in front of their play area, strategically positioning their dice from left to right in order to lend help to their fellow players.

This means that on the active player’s turn, they’ll have access to their own dice and their teammates’ closest dice on each side of their character. This innovative system helps save players from useless rolls and thematically expresses how closely knit the team is. The only way to defeat the Foot Clan is to truly fight as one. It’s the ultimate co-operative system.

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