BATMAN/TMNT ADVENTURES #1
Written by Matthew K. Manning
Art by Jon Sommariva, Sean Parsons, Leonardo Ito, Shawn Lee
Published by IDW Publishing
A team-up between Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sounds crazy, but if the Punisher can crossover with Archie, why not Bats and TMNT?
Earlier this year comic fans witnessed the original Ninja Turtles pair up with the grittier Batman world we’re used to. And last month saw the release of a crossover between the two animated versions of the character.
I had really high hopes for this series, but unfortunately, this team-up didn’t really click for me. The first issue heavily features the four turtles, true to the Nickelodeon series, in other words: not quite the turtles I grew up with.
In issue #1, the turtles come across villains who are not from their world. Meanwhile, Batman begins to notice villains are escaping from Arkham Asylum in mysterious ways. It’s not long before some of Batman’s rogues and the Turtles’ evilest foes cross paths to destroy New York and Gotham, but luckily, Batman and the TMNT heroes are hot on their trail.
Writer Matthew K. Manning does his best trying to mash together the current TMNT animated series with the Batman Adventures of the 1990’s. He was able to capture their youthfulness, goofiness rather well. But unless you’re a fan of the current Turtle cartoon, you’re probably gonna wish the dialogue was a bit more adult. I thought the tone of the story was uneven, with the Batman stuff aimed at an older audience, while the Turtle stuff was clearly aimed at kids.
Jon Sommariva did a good job in bringing in the cartoony art style of both worlds. I have to commend him for but his Batman stuff. If DC were to hand him a Batman Adventures book in the future, I would not object.
Batman/TMNT Adventures #1 is likely going to appeal to adults due to the Batman Animated material, and it could have worked beautifully with a more balanced story. Sadly, issue #1 doesn’t break any new ground, it only sets the table for what may come next.