Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

cover_1Written By:  James T. Tynion IV                     Cover Price:  $3.99

Cover By:  Freddie E. Williams II                    Release Date:  12/9/2015

Art By:  Freddie E. Williams II                         Issue #:  1

Variant Cover By:  Kevin Eastman

Publisher:  DC Comics/IDW Publishing





This crossover is the pairing of two major icons in the ninja’s fighting crime arena, Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  If you grew up in the 80’s or 90’s, let’s face it, you were drooling for this team up.  The first book in this six part mini series has turned out to be just about as expected…a precursor to more action.  Every story has to start somewhere and this one is no different.  While the story is enjoyable it is also predictable.  Our heroes in a half shell have somehow found themselves stranded in Gotham city along with Shredder and the Foot Clan (of course the particulars will be revealed later).  In the mean time, the turtles are occupying their time with attempting to thwart the Foot’s thieving activities.  It is these conflicts that lead them into contact with Gotham’s own caped crusader, Batman.  In a fun way, author James Tynion, leads both sets of protagonists into encounters with a villain normally encountered by the other (not surprisingly the turtles run into Killer Croc).  The conclusion of the first book reaches its climax when Batman (thinking the turtles are enemies) finds our green heroes.

The art was sufficiently gritty and grimy to capture both the feel and ambiance of both titles.  Freddie Williams II’s style seems to lend itself more towards the sometimes exaggerated forms of the turtles than it does depicting the human face.  Overall, it is a good mesh of darkness and humor.  The reader can definitely feel that James Tynion IV understands both the turtles and Batman and manages to blend them seamlessly into a story that is believable (considering the material).

This is a comic almost 30 years in the making and for all the fanboys (including me) it is a worthwhile read.  Go check it out!