BATMAN / TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Reunite For New Title ... with KEVIN EASTMAN Joining In

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #1
Credit: Freddie Williams II / Jeremy Colwell (IDW Publishing / DC)
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #1
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #1
Credit: Freddie Williams II / Jeremy Colwell (IDW Publishing / DC)

Writer James Tynion IV and artist Freddie Williams II are reuniting for a third Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles event series - with TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman joining in as well.

Scheduled to debut May 1, this six-issue series begins when Krang from Dimension X gets ahold of some of the deadly technology the DCU has to bear.

"The story for volume three is a blast, and I am having the time of my life illustrating it,” said Williams II. "And lucky for me, I’m not alone in this grand task. I’m having a huge and exciting personal crossover of my own with one of my all-time heroes and favorite artists, Kevin Eastman! Say what? Yup, you heard that right! We’ve got something so fun and exciting planned! I’m geeking out about it every day, and I think all of you will, too!"

This comes out as Batman celebrates its 80th anniversary and the Turtles celebrate their 35th - and Nickelodeon and Warner Bros. Animation is partnering for an animated adaptation of the original Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles limited series.

Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 variant
Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 variant
Credit: Kevin Eastman (IDW Publishing / DC)

"I still remember the e-mail asking me if I wanted to write the first Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover," said Tynion IV. "My brain couldn’t even process what I was reading for a few seconds, and I started having a panic attack about fitting it into my work schedule. Then, finally, I pictured Michelangelo’s reaction to seeing the T. rex in the Batcave for the first time and started laughing out loud."

Eastman  several covers to previous volumes, but for Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III he will also be drawing a portion of the series itself alongside Williams II.

"I’m absolutely thrilled to have Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the TMNT, as our creative partner on the series," continued Tynion IV. "Kevin will be working closely with Freddie, contributing art on part of the run in a really exciting way that I can’t wait for fans to see. We’re going to see Bats and Turtles collide like never before in a story so big, it’s the perfect way to conclude our Batman/TMNT trilogy."

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