This is really what makes comics feel special sometimes. It would cost untold millions to make a movie or TV show with these characters. And, even if the powers that be could come to an agreement, would it work? But in the world of comics, anything is possible. IDW also absolutely has fun in this arena on a regular basis, having also put out “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who,” and surprisingly, “My Little Pony/Transformers.”
Personally, I’ve always been a big fan of licensed comics as an expansion of the franchises I enjoy, and IDW does a great job in that department. For my money, they’ve done amazing things with “Godzilla” and “Jurassic Park” in the past, for example. So if you like “Stranger Things” and/or “TMNT” and don’t normally read comics, this might be a good place to start. As for how Chittock plans to approach the material, the writer had this to say about it:
“It’s a big cast, but the mystery at the center of the story splits the group in two, which gives us a little more room to really dig into the character dynamics. I knew I wanted to explore some of those combinations early on, like Raphael and Eleven. Others surprised me while writing, like Donatello and Max. With the Turtles housing the Hawkins kids in New York City, the series examines how these two groups of teens have been shaped by their provenance, for better or worse. It’s hard to imagine anyone more suited to such themes than Will Byers, and his perspective comes to the fore and has fascinating ripple effects on the other characters. Perhaps none more so than Leonardo, and their scenes together more later in the series they will probably end up being my favorite.”
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles x Stranger Things” #1 hits stores July 12.