The Heroes in a Half Shell Go Head-to-Head with Capcom’s Tournament Champions in IDW’s Epic Comic Book Showdown for the Ages
SAN DIEGO, CA (February 16, 2023) – Fans of no-holds-barred action, hard-edged fight choreography, and unspeakably brutal finishing moves rejoice this week as IDW announces an earth-shattering combat event between two of the most iconic teams in history. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vs. Street Fighter pits the Heroes in a Half Shell against the rogue fighters of Capcom’s legendary martial arts series in a competitive sparring tournament that explodes into a knockdown, drag-out brawl through the mean streets of Atlantic City. Written by Paul Allor with art by Ariel Medel and colors by Sarah Myer, the landmark five-issue miniseries will debut in May 2023 from IDW.
Arriving in Atlantic City to compete in a prestigious fighting tournament, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles quickly run afoul of the world-famous Street Fighter™ crew...and their legendary Psycho Powered fighting forms! Both eager to show off their moves and prove their mettle in combat, the two teams instantly clash, sparking a crackling rivalry that can only be resolved with fists and steel (and maybe a Hurricane Kick or two). With tensions already maxed, the pressure mounts even further as both teams find themselves embroiled in a wave of mysterious disappearances plaguing the city. Could the tournament’s mysterious benefactor be to blame?
“It feels amazing to bring these iconic brands together,” says Allor. “I grew up with all these characters, though in very different ways—watching TMNT cartoons on Saturday mornings, and then a few years later, desperately smashing buttons while being absolutely destroyed at Street Fighter™ II. Readers are going to have so much fun watching these characters come together as they face an enormous threat to both teams, from Mikey and Chun-Li’s unlikely bond to Raph and Guile’s rivalry and mutual—but very grudging—respect. This book has it all: humor, danger, a massive number of twists and turns, and a ton of amazing, brutal, over-the-top, bonkers fight scenes! It’s gonna be a blast.”
“My head hasn’t stopped exploding since they offered me the project,” says Medel, “not only because these characters have impacted me in so many ways personally since their debuts but also because they’re such household names! I watched the cartoons and the movies, I played the games, so it’s a very special thing in that sense, too. In my mind, this is the mother of all crossovers, and to get to draw both properties in the same comic is just incredible.”
“Whether you’re a die-hard fan of both franchises or have an affinity for one or the other, this book is going to blow your mind,” says Charles Beacham, IDW senior editor. “Paul, Ariel, and Sarah have crammed every ounce of fun into each page, and every fight will have fans biting their nails. But it doesn’t stop there. As the TMNT face off against Street Fighter legends to prove who’s truly the best at kicking butt, both teams will learn there’s something more nefarious afoot. We at IDW are incredibly stoked to partner with Capcom to bring two of the most popular fighting teams together in this massive matchup!”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vs. Street Fighter #1 will be available starting in May 2023, with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by series artist Ariel Medel, Cover B by beloved TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, and retailer incentive editions by Vincenzo Federici.
For information on how to acquire copies of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic books, please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.
About IDW Publishing
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Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment for game consoles, PCs, handheld and wireless devices. Founded in 1983, the company has created hundreds of games, including groundbreaking franchises Resident Evil™, Monster Hunter™, Street Fighter™, Mega Man™, Devil May Cry™ and Ace Attorney™. Capcom maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Tokyo, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka, Japan. More information about Capcom and its products can be found at www.capcom.com or news.capcomusa.com.