Writer Joshua Williamson and artist Mike Henderson spoke with me about their “TMNT Villains Micro-Series: Krang” #1 one-shot story from IDW Publishing.


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“IDW Publishing’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ ongoing series has been shipping regularly for almost two years now, and in that time it’s seen two spinoff titles in ‘TMNT: The Secret History of the Foot Clan’ and the ‘Micro-Series’ lineup featuring one-shot stories of major heroic players in the new continuity. The latest spinoff is the ‘TMNT: Villain Micro-Series,’ a 4-issue miniseries (that actually maintains the same numbering as the first ‘Micro-Series,’ picking up with #9) spotlighting a different TMNT rogue in each issue.

The first bad guy takes center stage this April as writer Joshua Williamson and artist Mike Henderson — the team behind the digital-first series “Masks and Mobsters” — pen the tale of Krang before we meet him in the main title.

CBR News: Where in the IDW TMNT continuity is this story set and how does it affect the greater picture of the IDW Turtle-verse?

Joshua Williamson: It takes place right after ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ #20 and gives you a glimpse of how Krang became the ruthless killer we all know and love. The ‘Micro-Series’ issue shows his motivation and why he’s not stopping until his mission is accomplished. For readers it gives a bigger glimpse into why he is doing what he does. After this issue, Krang is reminded why he has chosen his path with renewed dedication.

The best way to describe our story is ‘Black Hawk Down’ with Krang. Krang sneaks on a mission to assassinate his father’s arch enemies and nothing goes as planned. Krang is stranded without his bodysuit and has to survive… and complete the mission.

Krang’s a hideous creature to look at — are you running with this perspective on the character or have you attempted to capture the ‘softer side’ of Krang?

Mike Henderson: I’m not sure there’s a soft side to be captured, actually. Or if I would want to make him relatable even if I could. If we can get the reader to root for someone as nasty as Krang can be, then I think we can call this one a success.”