I spoke with Mateus Santolouco & Erik Burnham, the creators of the upcoming “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan” miniseries — looking forward to this!

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CBR News: Mateus, Erik — not much information is out there on ‘Secret History of the Foot Clan.’ What’s the core concept and where does it pick up in IDW continuity?

Mateus Santolouco: Oroko Saki is still alive and the Turtles are doing all the research they can to learn how this is even possible. They get acquainted with the work of Doctor Patrick Miller, who has discovered ancient Japanese artifacts which may reveal the origins of this legendary ninja clan — and maybe the secret to Shredder’s longevity. While we follow the Turtles and company in search of these secrets, we dive deep into the Foot Clan’s origins before Hamato Yoshi and Saki, learning how Shredder rose to power and to — immortality?

Erik Burnham: Like Mateus said, this is Saki’s story as much as the Foot Clan’s and we get to see him in ways he’s not typically shown. Have you ever seen the fearsome Shredder as a toddler? I thought not. Mateus came up with a fantastic story, and what I like most is how he shows Hamato Yoshi was not the only person in the TMNT mythos IDW is building who faces a tragic end as a result of trying to do the right and honorable thing. It’s a great bit of dramatic meat to chew on.”