Image Comics never completed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 3, but the creative team behind the series will reunite IDW Publishing nearly a decade later to wrap up the story.
According to io9, the original 23 issues of the non-canonical series, published between 1996 and 1999, will be reprinted under the title Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Urban Legends, now in color for the first time from artist Adam Guzowski. Writers Gary Carlson and artist Frank Fosco complete the final three issues as they had originally envisioned.
“IDW wanted to do it," Carlson said. "The fans seem interested in it. Our run has always been the ‘black sheep’ —unofficial stories of the TMNT. At the time we were doing a back to basics/not the TV cartoons version of the guys and the fan base then didn’t buy into it.”
Much darker than previous installments of the heroes in a half shell, Vol.3 failed to strike a chord with fans, which ultimately led to its cancellation. When the series was next relaunched in 2001, co-creator Peter Laird seemed to erase Vol.3 from existence. Hwever, it has gathered a loyal fan ase over the years.
Two Vol.3 issues were created as a fan project in 2011, but Carlson and Fosco confirmed they will not be part of the upcoming run. With a rebrand and a first-ever look at the story in color, Urban Legends promises to be a must-have addition to any Turtles collection. However, if you want to see how the story ends, you may a wait on your hands. The rebranded Issue 1 will be released on May 16, with 22 more to follow.