After announcing last week that Jason Aaron would be taking over the TMNT relaunch, today IDW revealed courtesy of IGN the all-star artists that would be collaborating with Aaron which will include Rafael Albuquerque, Joëlle Jones, Cliff Chiang, and Chris Burnham. Each artist will illustrate one of the first four issues of the new series that will focus on an individual turtle. Albuquerque will then draw the second story arc.

Jamie S. Rich, IDW’s Editor-in-Chief, said:

“I almost couldn’t believe it when these folks started saying yes. It’s such a dream team of modern artists, folks responsible for some of my favorite comics of this century. All four of them were so enthusiastic to draw characters they love for the first time. It was cool to hear why they loved each of the individual turtles. Like Chris talked about the Donnie issue with the Jack Kirby homage, and Joëlle mentioned how she has always liked hotheads and fighters. It’s comic book kismet!”

IDW Publishing Co-Publisher Mark Doyle added:

“These are some of the best artists and storytellers in modern comics bringing their style and action to characters they love. As a fan, I’m over the moon!”

Raphael by Joëlle Jones

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Jones says:

“For me working on TMNT was first a nostalgia hit, being an ’80s kid I consumed it all!”   “But at its heart, and why I think it still resonates with people today, is that it’s a story about a family of outcasts brimming with personality and the conflicts that come out of it! Or maybe I just like the giant rat father figure, which might be something for me to unpack with a therapist at a later date!”

Michelangelo by Rafael Albuquerque

Albuquerque says:

“I’m thrilled to be working with Jason on such a special project, with so many talented artists. Being a child from the ‘80s, the TMNT cartoon has a special place in my heart, so having the chance to draw them for the first time kind of completes a full circle, full of nostalgia and excitement. I can’t wait to reveal what we’re working on!”

Leonardo by Cliff Chiang

Chiang says:

“I still remember the thrill of reading those early black-and-white issues and how they ushered in a new wave of independent comics, and I’m incredibly excited to be a part of this next chapter for the Turtles. Even better, Jason and I have been friends for a long time but haven’t yet worked together, so I get to kill two Mousers with one sword.”

Donatello by Chris Burnham

TMNT relaunchBurnham says:

“I am SO excited to be working on the Turtles! “I’ve been a TMNT fan since the black and white days – Fugitoid is one of the first comics I ever owned, and the original Donatello One-Issue Micro Series is one of my favorite comics of all time! I discovered so many amazing artists as a kid reading the Turtles – beyond Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird there’s Mark Bodé, Rick Veitch, Mark Martin, Richard Corben, Michael Zulli, Eric Talbot, Jim Lawson, Sophie Campbell… the list goes on and on and it’s a great honor to add my name to it!”