Is a comic book crossover with Stranger Things and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles something we’ve always needed or a bad idea?
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have had crossovers for decades. Savage Dragon, Ghostbusters, and Batman are among the characters that have met the Ninja Turtles in the past. There was also a live action event with the Power Rangers. Because of their popularity, the Turtles continue to jump universes.
In May, they’re scheduled to go up against the combatants from Street Fighter. That won’t be the only crossover they’ll have this year. In July, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will meet the characters from Stranger Things.
"“What happens when the kids from Hawkins visit the bustling, neon-tinged streets of New York City? Their world will be turned upside down all over again as they come across four totally radical reptiles in the ultimate 1980s nostalgia crossover, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles x Stranger Things from IDW!” – IDW"
IDW.com reports that Eleven, Max, Dustin, Mike, Will, and Lucas are taking a trip to New York City. While there, they “encounter a threat both bizarre and familiar.” That leads to the Stranger Things heroes to team up with Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael where they’ll likely have to fight a mutated version of the Demogorgon or something else from the Upside Down.
Is this a crossover that people have been craving? Probably not. Will this be fun? It certainly should be. The original 1980s Ninja Turtles cartoon was all about pizza, the mall, and video games. This is something that Eleven and her crew love. They should get along smashingly. Well, that’s after the kids freak out upon seeing giant mutant turtles. That’s if TMNT doesn’t exist in their world. If the comic book and cartoon exists in their world, seeing the Turtles could be a dream come true. Plus, Eleven, Max, Dustin, Mike, Will, and Lucas have already seen and fought weirder things.
Writer Cameron Chittock and artist Fero Pe will be the creative team in charge of bringing these pop culture icons together. Both of them are equally excited about this project. Chittock said, “I’ve loved the Ninja Turtles for quite literally as long as I can remember, and part of the brilliant alchemy of Stranger Things is that, ever since that first binge, it’s felt like it’s always been there.” Pe speaks on the art saying, “It’s a style close to the first Turtles comics from Mirage. I hope that the fans of both worlds enjoy it very much!”
Hopefully this will be a great read. Just because two recognized and beloved properties and comic book companies (Dark Horse and IDW) come together doesn’t mean it will be successful. Sometimes things don’t work. However, there’s one big reason this should work: Both the Ninja Turtles and Stranger Things are young and growing up in the 1980s. The familiarity alone is enough to believe that this should be fun.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Stranger Things crossover is a four part mini-series scheduled for July.
Stay tuned to Bam Smack Pow for more news on the comic as it comes out.
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