If you've been keeping up with IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics, you already know that Bebop and Rocksteady are two of the best characters in the entire series. I've written before about how their genuine desire to belong to something --- even something as actively evil as the Foot Clan --- is shockingly emotional, and they're able to immediately snap back from sympathetic losers to major threats to the Turtles without losing any of their character. At heart, though, there's one thing that drives them more than anything else: They are massive, unstoppable screwups.

Seriously, as we've seen before, those dudes can't even go into a building without bringing the whole thing down to its foundation and kicking off a gang war, so just imagine how much trouble they could get into if they had access to, say, the entire time stream.

This June, that's exactly what's happening. Over at the AV Club, IDW has announced Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything, in which the eternal misfits of the TMNT franchise find themselves bouncing around through time itself courtesy of writers Dustin Weaver and Ben Bates, with a cast of artists that includes Nick Pitarra, Sophie CampbellGiannis Milonogiannis, and Ryan Browne. And if that wasn't enough, they're bringing a few old friends along for the ride, too!


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If you look closely at Pitarra's interlinking covers for the series --- and you absolutely should click on the above image to do just that, because it's amazing --- you might see that there are a couple of familiar faces in the crowd, including Renet, the assistant to the master of time, and the demonic Savanti Romero, two characters who have a long history of tampering with, well, history.

More than that, though, there's one character whose return is even more exciting. As revealed by Sophie Campbell on her Tumblr, Pepperoni the Baby Dinosaur is finally coming back:



Awwww! Love that little guy.

Here's the official solicitation, and the variants for #1:


TMNT: Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything #1
Ben Bates, Dustin Weaver (w) • Ben Bates (a) • Nick Pitarra (c)
After their defeat in TMNT #50, the dull-witted Bebop and Rocksteady, everyone’s favorite warthog and rhino mutants, are feeling dejected and without purpose. However, when they stumble across a time-travel scepter, they realize that their craziest, most destructive adventure awaits! Will the universe survive?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

- Everyone’s favorite numbskull mutants of mayhem get their first mini-series!
- The most ambitious TMNT event yet!
- Every week in June sees a new issue crazier than the last!
- Written by Dustin Weaver (Infinity Gauntlet) and Ben Bates (TMNT) with a rotating roster of amazing artists including Sophie Campbell, Giannis Milonogiannis, Nick Pitarra and Ryan Browne!
- Limited variant cover by Kevin Eastman!