BATMAN/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ADVENTURES #1
Written by Matthew K. Manning
Artwork by Jon Sommariva, Sean Parsons, Leonardo Ito, Shawn Lee
Published by IDW Publishing
Release Date: November 9, 2016
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman together again, but this is not a sequel to last years cross over. This is a crossover of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman: The Animated Series.
Batman is tracking down missing Arkham prisoners, while the Turtles are experiencing some weirdness of their own.
In Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1 Manning does an excellent job creating a great balance between two distinct properties: the action-packed humour we come to expect from TMNT, and the brooding seriousness that is Batman.
One cannot shake the feeling that Manning misses an opportunity in Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to really grab us by the collar. Sure, it is cool to see how various characters come across each other but we knew this was going to happen. There are no surprises here. It feels like they were going for nostalgic reactions as opposed to honest to goodness “awesome!” moments.
Sommariva does an excellent job of putting his own spin on the source material of TMNT Nickelodeon’s TV series and Bruce Timm’s iconic background. Between Ito and Parsons use colors and ink to great effect whether the mood calls for lightheartedness or darkness.
Whereas the story might be lacking, artistically, this current crossover of Batman and TMNT nails it. The artwork team brings the cartoon to life on the life on the page. A strong showing that I fully expect to continue in future issues.
Final Thoughts: Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1
Considering the well-known history of both Batman: The Animated Series and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I expected Manning to hit the ground running with an action-packed story line rather than a slow build to the heroes’ first meeting. Story-wise, it is a lackluster start. It makes you wonder why they did not just pick up where they left off last year.
That said, if you enjoy the animated Ninja Turtles and Batman series, you will enjoy this book. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1 is a fun and easy introductory story which is probably going to need a few issues before it really finds it groove.
*Unless otherwise noted, all comics I (Bradley) review are provided by Freakshow Comics in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada*