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After 24 Years, Venus Returns in IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #127

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book series from IDW once again defies all expectations this March with the reintroduction of a controversial character not seen in 24 years!

Her name is simply...Venus. Many of you know that name. Some of you may not. But very soon, everyone will be talking about her once they read Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #127, written by Sophie Campbell and illustrated by Pablo Tunica.

In the current storyline, the Turtles have their hands full navigating the factions of Mutant Town, a quarantined neighborhood in Manhattan’s East Side populated entirely of victims of a mutagen bomb detonation. Amid gang tension from the territorial Punk Frogs and drama unfolding between the extradimensional Utroms and Triceratons, the Turtles delve into the laboratory of the mysterious Dr. Barlow… And what they discover will change the course of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles forever.

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First introduced as a live-action character in the 1990s, Venus was the first female Turtle, preceding the fan-favorite Jennika (introduced to wide acclaim in IDW’s best-selling issue #95) by over two decades. While Venus proved a polarizing figure at the time, fans can trust that Campbell—who has skillfully guided the narrative of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book series for the past two years—will reintroduce the character in ways both shocking and mesmerizing.

“I’d been trying to make a Venus comeback happen for a while, and I almost can’t believe it’s finally happening!” says Campbell.

Venus will make her debut in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #127, on sale March 16th, as part of a story arc that concludes in issue #130. Her story will continue in this year’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Free Comic Book Day issue (and eagle-eyed fans may have already spotted her cameo appearance on the released cover artwork), available for free at participating comic shops on May 7th. The FCBD release will also serve as a precursor to Armageddon Game, the massive TMNT comic book event of 2022.

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“It’s been amazing to watch Sophie Campbell continue our long-running TMNT series with such careful consideration and commitment to the kind of character-driven storylines that have always been the foundation for what makes all things Turtles so beloved and eternal,” says editor Tom Waltz, a longtime TMNT scribe himself. “And now she’s crafted a clever plan to introduce a character from the past that many thought would never see the light of day again. She’s doing it in fine fashion, continuing the IDW tradition of making the old feel both familiar and refreshing all at once…just in time for our big Armageddon Game event, no less!”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #127 will be available with three cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy: Cover A by series artist Pablo Tunica, Cover B by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, and a Retailer Incentive edition by Jared Cullum, the Reuben Award–winning creator of Kodi. 

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(W) Sophie Campbell (A/CA) Pablo Tunica
Who is Dr. Jasper Barlow, and is he friend or foe? As the TMNT regroup from their battle with the Punk Frogs, the doctor makes some of our heroes an offer they may find hard to refuse, and reveals a most startling creation he calls... VENUS. Plus, a tense situation between the Utroms and Triceratons goes from bad to worse!
In Shops: Mar 30, 2022
SRP: $3.99
PREVIEWS Page #134

(W) Sophie Campbell (A/CA) Pablo Tunica
Donatello and Alopex infiltrate the lab of Dr. Jasper Barlow in a bid to ward off the next attack of the Punk Frogs! What our heroes find in the lab will shock them (VENUS!) and reveal a connection to a villain of the past . . . but first they'll have to defeat some deadly NEW villains!
In Shops: May 04, 2022
SRP: $3.99
PREVIEWS Page #132

(W) Sophie Campbell (A/CA) Pablo Tunica
Donatello struggles to escape from the fiendish Dr. Barlow with help of the mysterious VENUS! The Turtles attempt to save him as well, but first they'll have to have a final showdown with the Punk Frogs!
Continuing the long-awaited introduction of Venus!
In Shops: May 25, 2022
SRP: $3.99
PREVIEWS Page #141

Presenting the complete TMNT stories in recommended reading order, including one-shots, crossovers, and event series. Everything a beginner could need, everything a diehard could want.

TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and writer Tom Waltz guide readers through a ground-breaking new origin and into epic tales of courage, loyalty, and family as the Turtles and their allies battle for survival against enemies old and new in the dangerous streets and sewers of New York City.

Collects the first 12 issues of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ongoing series, plus the Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Splinter Micro-Series one-shots.
In Shops: Mar 03, 2021
SRP: $59.99

(W) Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (A) Dan Duncan (A/CA) Kevin Eastman
Tom Waltz & Kevin Eastman (w) o Dan Duncan & Kevin Eastman (a) o Kevin Eastman (c)

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles' IDW relaunch in an oversized, hardcover edition that includes extras that were not included in the comics or the previously released paperback. Extras like Kevin Eastman's fully illustrated and lettered layouts! Compare and contrast Eastman's designs with the finished Dan Duncan pages. A huge treat for TMNT and Kevin Eastman fans!
In Shops: Jul 11, 2012
SRP: $49.99
PREVIEWS Page #166

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