Review: Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 CoverDC Comics and IDW Publishing team up for the crossover you never saw coming as two of the greatest entertainment icons meet for the first time! In Gotham City, a series of deadly raids leads Batman to believe he’s up against a group of highly trained ninjas known as the Foot Clan! Somehow, they’ve crossed over to another dimension and are determined to take advantage of the situation while looking to get back home. But they haven’t come alone: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo are hot on their trail.

When I first heard about this series I immediately thought back to some of the crazy crossovers I remember reading during my teenage years in the 90s. The idea of the Turtles and Batman teaming up seems so silly, but at the same time definitely appeals to that kid in me.

The comic is very much in the style of those crazy classic team-ups that seemed to dominate comics for a while, and it works really well. That’s to do with writer James Tynion IV who really seems to know what he’s doing, which is not to take the crossover too seriously and have fun. While we don’t totally know how the Turtles are in Batman’s world, it still somehow works. Partially is because of that fun

The first issue is a lot of lead up, but we have the Turtles taking on Killer Croc and Batman dealing with the Foot Clan. There’s just something that’s fun, which is the key word here.

The art by Freddie Williams II is good and covers things nicely. What really stood out to me is the coloring by Jeremy Colwell which I’m not the biggest fan of, but hearkens back to early TMNT comics where the shading involved lots of use of white and dark lines outlining the characters. You’ll like it or you’ll hate it probably. I wasn’t the biggest fan, but it’s not enough to really take me out of the comic.

DC Comics and IDW are taking this miniseries seriously with top creative team that are showing that while the concept might seem silly, this isn’t a cash grab. Can’t wait to see where this goes next, as I was seriously amazed at how well it worked.

Story: James T Tynion IV  Art: Freddie E Williams II
Story: 8 Art: 7.7 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review