FROM THE PUBLISHER: Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, joins series artist Freddie E. Williams II as guest artist for the second issue of BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES III! Krang’s true power has been revealed, and now it’s up to Batman and the Turtles to stop him, but their only hope may lie with the strange, yet familiar, visitor from another world.
There was a point in issue #2 of Batman/TMNT where I was thinking to myself, why do I need to see the origin of the turtles? Why does anyone? The entire geek world knows the story, ooze, sewers, turtles and ninja rats. In this case it wasn’t what the story was but who was telling the story. After that sudden blip in my brain occurred, I was able to fully enjoy this issue. After the stunning events of issue #1 I came to embrace the weird and wild universe the creators had for us. The characters are what make this series so great for me.
Turtle Robins and Rat Alfred’s? Those questions were answered in this issue. I found the rational behind why this all exists really sound. I think in this crazy sense that it does make sense. Not that it even needs to. Batman and TMNT in the same universe. I would have been ok with just about anything. Krang is the one behind all this madness. In the cartoon TMNT he is not as scary as this version that’s for sure. He is menacing and gruesome. I really loved how he was drawn here. I found that he made me appreciate how much trouble the Turtles and Batman are in. I am really liking where this series is going. I wrote in my review for issue #1 that this series was about coming to together as a family and as friends to overcome any odds. And in this issue, that’s more prevalent than ever. Whether it be the original turtles or the multiverse turtles. They will have to come together to defeat Krang. I liked how fast they were to realize the threat and come to a conclusion on it, no matter how crazy and absurd it sounded. They are all heroes and they know they have to do something, anything to protect their worlds.
I wouldn’t say I was critical of the art and colouring of this series going all the way back to the first issues in 2015, but if I had to find a fault it would be that the style of this series just doesn’t work for me. But in this issue, I really enjoyed it. I love the blend of old black and white and the newer coloured versions of the turtles. Also, the cover for this issue jumped right up to the front of the list for my favourite comic covers ever. I really loved the colours and the way Batman was drawn. The bats coming off his cowl and how the turtles give off a feeling like you don’t want to be criminal in their city. They mean business.
This series is bringing back those childhood feels I had growing up, but also bringing in the more real side. The big issues our heroes will being fighting, both from Batman’s universe and the TMNT’s. This book is great and I really look forward to reading it on new comic day, as should you.
RATING: GOTTA GO!