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COMIC REVIEW: Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2

By Buddy Beaudoin

COMIC REVIEW: Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2

Writer: James Tynion IV

Artists: Freddie E. Williams II, Jeremy Colwell, Tom Napolitano


DC Comics

Last month, the DC Universe crossed paths with IDW Publishing and became an unlikely home to the Heroes in a Half Shell. Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is back for more foot clan action, and the follow-up to the series opener has made some notable improvements.

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The most immediately noticeable change is to the art. The first issue art was great and touted a hand-drawn feel that made the book look like a labor of love. The color was excellent, but a few things, such as the Batmobile, became a bit muddled in the style. This time around, there’s more of a digital feel to the book. While the coloring is consistent with the first issue, it’s a much crisper product. The line work is more voluminous in detail and adds to the concise nature of the imagery. The problems with the Batmobile have been addressed, though it makes few appearances. One qualm in the art is that Batman himself is drawn a little hulking. This certainly isn’t a first, and it makes sense to add some bulk for the crossover as the art styles should coalesce between the two books, but in some of the fight scenes he comes off looking more like Bane in a cowl.

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The story progresses naturally and effortlessly. Splinter takes on more of a role and gets to prove himself as the master of ninjitsu. We don’t see him fight, but his skills in reconnaissance are employed in a way that makes you think that he’s more than Bruce can handle. The dialogue among the turtles is done perfectly and maintains the sense of individuality among the quartet. Since crossing dimensions, a worry for the team, and a large one, has been that Shredder is hot on their heals. This is confirmed by way of a scene that exemplifies just how good the crossover is, by putting Shredder in some double-crossing dealings with The Penguin. The use of both universes is stellar and makes you wonder how far they’re going to take things as the story continues.

The most interesting development of the issue is that whatever came from the universe of the turtles is reverting back to the natural state of the current universe. Batman gets a hold of Raphael’s sai, and though the alloys in the metal are different, it is slowly changing to be the steel that we know in our world. This poses an interesting predicament as it means that the characters will change as well. The mutagen will lose its effect on their cells, and they’ll slowly revert back to their natural form. It is unclear at this time what impact that will have on the story going forward, but is undoubtedly not good for our heroes.  

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The issue ends with Splinter and his disciples climbing up a crack in the Earth that eventually lands them in the Batcave. While nothing has happened here yet, issue three’s title, “Turtles in the Batcave,” suggests that we can expect some hijinks under Wayne Manor next month.

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The “Best There Is:” For a crossover that is pretty unlikely, the storytelling and consideration for character and individuality is stunningly good. Tynion IV is a notable Batman alum writer, and his work here with weaving in Eastman and Laird’s prized heroes is well-crafted. The artwork made some improvements that favored the series and provided much needed detail in the visuals.

The “Not Very Nice:” While the artwork did get better, the changes also birthed some inconsistencies and Batman comes off a rather girthy in a fair amount of the issue. While it doesn’t distract from the series as a whole, it is a bit distracting in the scenes where he’s particularly active and looks a bit odd.

FBI Score: 9 out of 10. Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a surprisingly great crossover series. The worlds are blended seamlessly and in a way that adds a lot of drive to the narrative. The art possesses a cross between digital and analog styles that makes the series a standout from much of what is on the shelves. Get on this one!

Buddy Beaudoin

Buddy Beaudoin is a writer and independent comic creator from Upstate, NY. He's a fan of tea, spacey music, and a nice pair of slacks. He LOVES comics. Batman, Swamp Thing, and Jonah Hex are some favorites, but he's also a pretty big fan of the indies. Should you ever need him, walk outside and yell his name loudly...

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