As announced at WonderCon over the weekend, it’s been 20 years since the last crossover, but it has arrived. This summer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will appear in the world of Usagi Yojimbo in a special one-shot comic.
Creator of Usagi Yojimbo, Stan Sakai, will write and illustrate the comic. In the one-shot, Miyamoto Usagi has embarked on a quest to save Japan, and combines forces with the Turtles to take on the maniacal Jei.
Stan Sakai says,
I had wanted to reunite Usagi and the TMNT for a while, but these are not the Turtles that he knew. Relationships have to be reestablished, suspicions overcome, and trust earned. The survival of all Japan literally rests on them working as a team.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Usagi Yojimbo franchises have appeared together before, from their respective comics, to animated television series, and the TMNT line of toys.
Co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kevin Eastman says,
Stan and I both started out the same year, 1984, and here we are still living the dream telling stories with characters we created over three decades ago. I love the fact that our two creations were intertwined from the beginning and could not be more thrilled that Stan is coming back to tell a new story in the IDW TMNT comics universe.
You’ll find this comic available in shops in July in floppy edition and a deluxe hardcover collector’s edition. Both editions feature extras, including: layouts, pinups, character studies, and more.
There’s also going to be a special variant cover by David Petersen of Mouse Guard, pictured above.