FROM THE PUBLISHER: The 80th anniversary of Batman collides with the 35th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in this stunning concluding miniseries to the BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES trilogy. Our heroes have battled the evil of the Foot Clan in Gotham City and Bane in New York, but now Krang has gotten his hands on the most dangerous technologies in the DC Universe-and no universe is safe from his wrath! Co-published with IDW.
When I read the first volume of Batman/TMNT crossover from late 2015, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was only a mild TMNT fan. I had watched the live action movies growing up as a kid. Was a huge fan of Secret of the Ooze. I was five when that movie came out. It had everything, wild ninja action fights, Rahzar, Tokka, and friggen Vanilla Ice. What’s not to love right? I’m sure I wore out that VHS. As for the cartoon I was only mildly interested in that. I liked the toys more than the TV show. But when I found out that James Tynion IV wrote this series, I put it right at the top of my list.
Tynions work on Batman from The New 52, is some of my favorite work. His run on Detective Comics for Rebirth is also outstanding. When I first was thinking of reading the series (Vol 1 and Vol 2 had been released already) I thought to myself, there’s no way this should work, it shouldn’t make sense at all. But it does, in a lot of ways. Aside from seeing the Turtles interacting with Batman and his wide cast of characters, from villains to heroes, the book has a lot of heart and meaning as well. The series is about being a family. It’s about coming together and overcoming difficulties as a group, and bonding. Vol 1 and Vol 2 were both great reads with a very unique art style drawn by Freddie E. Williams II. When I learned that a third volume was being released, I was very excited and couldn’t wait to read. And now that I have read issue #1, want to know what I think? I hope so, you’ve come this far.
If you haven’t read the previous issues or volumes in this series, you are in for a rude awakening. You will be lost. You will not know the what, the why or the how everything is. Wait? Even if you have read the previous issues or volumes, all of those things are still true. Issue #1 drops you right into it. We see Batman, we see the turtles. But not in the way we have seen them before. We see Alfred? We see Splinter? I am not really sure. Everything is upside down. And after reading Vol 1 and Vol 2, this is exactly what this series needs. It needed to feel like something new, and it totally is. Nothing is ever as it seems; Batman is to smart to let the status quo stand. He’s confused, and we are confused right along with him. TMNT has a great villain catalogue. Krang maybe being the top of the mountain when it comes the TMNT universe. It will be very interesting to see how he gets his “hands” dirty and what plan he has in place for our heroes. Issue #1 spends most of its time setting up the strange universe we are in. It’s a big blow when you see what has changed, and what isn’t what it should be. Robin? Red Hood? Nightwing? So weird, yet so satisfying.
I have never had a problem with Tynions writing, whether it be on Batman or the numerous other DC characters he’s written. I have read a lot of his material, and I will continue to do so, I hold him in quite high regard as one of my favorite comic writers today. I was unaware of Williams work, until I read TMNT/Batman issue #1 Vol 1. His style was a shock to my Batman system. Batman was big, he was bulky, heavily armored. It took me a couple issues into Vol 1 to get used to his style. Still not the biggest fan in how he draws Batman, but the other 90% of the characters and the background I’m more than good with. The way he draws the Turtles in particular is quite eye-catching.
Batman/TMNT III issue #1 is a story and universe bending good time. The final miniseries of this extremely cool series should be a wild ride.
RATING: LETS GO!