A lot of people wondered what would become of the TMNT after Mirage Studios sold the franchise lock, stock, and barrel to Nickelodeon.
, as it turns out. Not only is there a new CG animated series set to debut soon, Nickelodeon has partnered up with IDW to put out a new comic series. And fans of the franchise can rejoice. It hearkens back to the original Mirage series in a lot of ways. Eastman has been doing story and layout work, and it reimagines the TMNT's origin in several inventive ways.
A lot of familiar characters are present, some with slightly reimagined origins. I've put some general spoilers from the first five issues below, for those interested in reading about the changes.
Both Splinter and the Turtles are test subjects (regular non-mutated animals) in the lab that Baxter Stockman oversees.
Stockman answers to a General Krang, whom we have yet to meet, but has commissioned Stockman to develop a super-soldier mutagen.
April works in the lab and is responsible for naming the turtles.
April and Casey Jones are younger, and Casey is abused by his father.
The turtles all wear red bandanas until the fifth issue.
This is a big one, as it pertains directly to a reveal about Hamato Yoshi and his relationship with Splinter, so I've spoilered it specifically.
It is being heavily implied that Splinter and the turtles are reincarnations of Yoshi and his four sons. Yoshi and his family are killed by Oroku Saki, and Splinter and the turtles seem to have implicit knowledge and memory of Yoshi's life and the art of ninjitsu, despite only being recently mutated.
I encourage any TMNT fans out there to give it a look.ISSUE # 8 OUT NOW