The last time the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise shook up its team dynamic with a female turtle, the result was Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation‘s Venus De Milo — an infamously ill-received character on what’s widely considered one of the lowest points of the property.

But now they’re taking another shot at the idea, this time in the pages of the critically-praised IDW TMNT comics from fan-favorite creator Sophie Campbell. How did this surprising new story come about — and why has this been one of the toughest concepts to crack in what’s otherwise one of pop culture’s most malleable superhero teams?

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