Batman TMNT Kevin Eastman

Article by Gregg Katzman

Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been incredibly popular for decades now. But Batman and the Ninja Turtles teaming-up? It seemed like a crossover that would be limited to a fan’s imagination. Now, DC and IDW Publishing have joined forces to make this dream come true. The Ninja Turtles – along with Shredder and the Foot Clan – find themselves in the concrete jungle that the Dark Knight has sworn to protect: Gotham City. What will it be like when these two sides meet? Which of Gotham’s heroes and villains will show up, and how will they play a role? Can the Ninja Turtles keep up with the Caped Crusader? The Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles limited series will go on sale December 9, and we were lucky enough to read the debut issue a little early. Thankfully, the issue lived up to the hype, and we want to tell you why it’s worth picking up! Don’t worry, this article is SPOILER-FREE!

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James Tynion IV’s story is fast-paced, fun, and full of fan service

The first chapter of a team-up issue always runs the risk of feeling like pure setup – an informative but not exactly all that exciting chapter. As the key characters are introduced, the story is also slowly unveiled, and then when that’s out of the way, you’re left feeling like the fun can finally begin in the next issue. That doesn’t feel like the case here. Thanks to James Tynion IV’s story, this opening chapter offers a fast-paced narrative that assumes readers are remotely familiar with the Ninja Turtles and Batman – they are immensely popular, after all. There’s some good humor sprinkled in here, it’s consistently engaging, and you can really tell the creative team’s having a blast with this premise. This first chapter covers a lot of ground, but it doesn’t feel like it’s just getting the mandatory information out of the way before it can move into the more entertaining parts of the conflict. It’s a fun issue, and it’s going to make you so happy that you live on a world where this crossover is finally happening.

Freddie E. Williams II’s jaw-dropping artwork

Artist Freddie E. Williams II and colorist Jeremy Colwell’s work is going to make your eyes very, very happy. The characters are physically imposing and vibrant, and so much attention is given to each of Gotham City’s locations. From the opening page to the final one, this issue looks consistently great, and it’s crystal clear a lot of passion went into bringing these popular characters to life. There are so many panels that’ll drop your jaw and fill you with joy. We can’t give specific examples (again, we’re being as spoiler-free as possible here!), but trust us, Batman and TMNT fans are going to love flipping through these pages. Yes, art is subjective, but we’re having trouble imagining someone legitimately not respecting the sheer amount of work that went into these awesome panels.

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An emphasis on the Ninja Turtles’ stealth

When some people think of the Heroes in a Half Shell, they think of silly characters who love to shout catchphrases. While Tynion does have a clear handle on the mutants’ distinct personalities and has some enjoyable jokes in here, it’s also clear he respects their abilities as swift crime fighters. The Ninja Turtles have extensive training and using stealth is critical to them, and when you see how the action is crafted in this comic, you’ll believe the team is in good hands. When it comes to action, Tynion certainly builds up the hype, and we can’t wait to see what goes down next.

Batman: The world’s greatest detective

Batman’s known for striking fear into his enemies and being a phenomenal hand-to-hand combatant, but one must never forget that he’s also a brilliant strategist and detective. This opening chapter quickly addresses just how sharp Batman’s mind is, and it most definitely gets the point across that he’s every bit as effective with his hands and feet as he is with his sharp mind. Throw in how the vigilante looks in this comic and one word comes to mind when thinking about this Caped Crusader: formidable. This is a version of Batman you wouldn’t want to mess with… even if you’re the Shredder.

You’ll want #2 right away

This debut issue is thoroughly enjoyable, but by the time you’ve finished the final page, you’ll seriously wish you had the next chapter in your collection. But hey, good things are worth waiting for, and this limited series is off to a great start. So yeah, you can bet we’re feeling pretty optimistic about the follow-up chapter being well worth the wait!

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Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 will be available December 9. Don’t forget to pre-order it!

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One Response to “Batman/TMNT #1: 5 Reasons to Read It”

  1. I’m hoping to one day see a future Daredevil/TMNT teamup. That would be epic since DD inspired much of the early Turtle stories.

    Posted by Red on 12/13/09 November 12th, 2015 at 3:44 pmReply

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