On February 28th, 1998, and episode of Power Rangers in Space aired featuring the heroes in a half-shell from Ninja Turtles the Next Mutation. The episode in question was called Shell Shocked and it was glorious.
Seriously, I love that episode.
But ever since then, a crossover featuring the Power Rangers and the TMNT have been little more than a pipe dream for many fans of both franchises, including yours truly. But as of December of this year, the wait will finally be over.
Comicbook.com just dropped a bomb revealing that as of December 4th, 2018, there will be a brand new, five issue series crossing over the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The series in question will actually find the MMPR coming to New York city in search of the missing Green Ranger, Tommy Oliver. Only to discover, to their horror, that he has somehow joined forces with a deadly warrior, Oroku Saki…the Shredder. Somehow, the Rangers will find themselves at the Shredders mercy, only to be saved by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The series will be written by Ryan Parrott, and will feature art by Simone di Meo. When asked about this massive crossover, Ryan Parrott had this to say:
“Honestly, I’m pretty certain keeping this project a secret has taken years off my life. These two iconic franchises were my TV parents, each teaching me valuable life lessons thirty minutes at a time. The Power Rangers and the Ninja Turtles are too insanely awesome not to bring together. I mean, they’re both color-coded teenage martial artists who fight monsters! It just makes too much sense!” Parrott said. “A huge thank you to Hasbro and Nickelodeon for letting me play with so many of their wonderful toys, as it is truly an honor to be a part of such an exciting crossover. I’m the luckiest kid in the world, and I cannot wait for you all to see what we’ve been putting together.”
It’s interesting to note that this series will, seemingly, have nothing to do with IDW Publishing. Which is a funny thing considering TMNT is a flagship title for the publisher. However, making this book purely a creation of Boom Studios means that these Turles will have less baggage weighing them down. With no real continuity (outside the obvious stuff) to worry about,the writers and artists have more freedom to push the envelope a bit with the Turtles as this story doesn’t seem to fit into the current IDW continuity.
As I said before, this five issue series will see its first issue drop on December 4th of 2018.