Monday, December 14, 2015

Worlds Collide in Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

DC Comics and IDW Publishing give comic book fans the greatest Christmas present they could ever ask for with Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1. I’m not entirely sure who asked for this mashup of epic proportions, but you better believe Writer James Tynion IV and Artist Freddie E Williams II both pour every ounce of their souls into the first 21-page issue. I guess the blending of the two universes isn’t as strange as it might have been years ago, with the recent crossovers between “Star Trek,” “Planet of the Apes,” and “Green Lantern.”

In Gotham City, a series of deadly raids leads Batman to believe he’s up against a group of highly trained ninjas known as the Foot Clan! Somehow, they’ve crossed over to another dimension and are determined to take advantage of the situation while looking to get back home. But they haven’t come alone: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo are hot on their trail in Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1.

James Tynion IV combines the worlds of Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the only manner I can think possible through somehow crossing dimensions. The concept reminded me a little of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time.” That movie had the Turtles transported through time to the distant past. It’s not quite the same thing, but our Heroes in a Half-Shell are out of their natural environment here as well.

Freddie E Williams II’s art is energetic and sweeping as ninja swords and daggers swoosh through the air. My only problem with the illustrations is with Batman’s proportions. He is too big and muscular, reminding me of a 'roided out wrestler. The style of drawing works for the Turtles, but looks awkward when applied to the Caped Crusader.

Issue #1 of Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 is rated T for Teens. It contains violence, profanity, and intense and frightening scenes. There’s nothing here that would frighten anyone over the age of 10. If you’ve seen any of the TMNT or Batman movies, you’re ready to pick this book up.

Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 is a fun crossover comic that I really never would have expected. I’m still not completely convinced the concept will work in the end. However, it’s fun to see the Dark Knight face-to-face with Shredder and meeting the Turtles. Good or bad when it’s all said and done, here is a team-up that won’t be forgotten in the annals of comic book history.

Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 is available now in print and Kindle editions.

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