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Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

DC Comics and IDW Publishing have teamed up to create a crossover that is 110% fan service: Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! We loved the first issue – read about it here – and maybe – just maybe – we had the opportunity to read the second issue a little early. Just like the first issue (which you can order here), writer James Tynion IV’s story is fun, artist Freddie E. Williams II and colorist Jeremy Colwell’s pages are overflowing with energy, and there’s of course a cliffhanger that’ll have you anxious to pick up the next issue. But what else does this issue have to offer?

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Batman vs. TMNT!

Seeing Batman interact with the Ninja Turtles is full of potential. How much of Mikey’s humor would he tolerate? Could he make Bruce pop a smirk? Would the Dark Knight and Raphael constantly clash? Would Raphael secretly think Batman’s cool? Would the Caped Crusader earn Leonardo’s respect? Would the DC hero and Donatello share brilliant ideas? The dynamics are loaded with possibilities, but first, how could we resist watching them fight? After all, both sides are highly skilled vigilantes, so it’s only natural we’d wonder how a skirmish would play out.

The fight that unfolds is sure to upset some (there’s just no pleasing everyone, especially when it comes to characters that people are passionate about), but it’s still a hugely entertaining melee that highlights the numerous strengths one side is bringing to the fight. Just realize no one involved in the brawl is truly going all out and you’ll likely have a blast watching it go down. The gorgeous artwork certainly doesn’t hurt, either!

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“I lost a sai!”

It’s legitimately funny

Tynion’s script has action, plot progression, and a proper handle on its cast, but what allows the story to really make an impact (aside from the art, of course) is the steady flow of enjoyable comedy. It’s an entertaining comic and it’s clearly having such a blast with its characters. Without spoiling anything, we’ll just say stuff like the way Michelangelo reacts after the team’s first encounter with Batman is hysterical and it’ll more than likely make you laugh out loud or at least smile.

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The plot thickens!

Now that all of the basics were established in the first issue, this second one introduces a whole new dilemma. Shredder’s still proving he’s a force to be reckoned with as he interacts with one of Batman’s infamous villains, but a brand new threat arises as well, and it’s one that is certain to make these characters race into even more trouble. Will every hero make it out of this story alive? Probably. But does this new scenario – which we of course won’t spoil – make things more interesting and a little more complicated for the Heroes in a Half Shell and Batman? Most definitely!

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Order Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 here: http://bit.ly/1JFw0U2

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