After the major success of Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, DC and IDW team-up again to bring us another take on this fun crossover. The tone is a lot lighter this time around, using the current Nickelodeon version of the Turtles and the classic Batman: The Animated Series version of our friends from Gotham.
When Batman’s rogues mysteriously escape Arkham Asylum, it’s Two-Face who is the first apprehended by the Bat. Before returning to Arkham, Two-Face tells Batman about another world he visited. That world happens to be the New York under protection of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The four Turtle brothers are then attacked by a sewer-dwelling Clayface before sending him through a pink triangle shaped portal to another world. This same triangle appears in the missing inmates’ cells at Arkham.
After having just gone through the Batman/TMNT crossover, writer Matthew Manning wisely goes right for having fun and doesn’t get too heavily into the science of how the crossover is happening yet. This issue is another perfect blend of the two franchises, with a lot more fun to be had within the lighter tone.
The characterization for all is wonderful, and all four Turtles immediately in their recognizable roles. The biggest highlight has to be the sarcastic Alfred that was a much celebrated mainstay from the beloved 90’s Batman cartoon. With each new character revealed, the story is absolutely delightful.
The artwork is a major selling point, combining visuals both familiar and unfamiliar into a beautiful cartoon we would all be watching. The environments and backgrounds for the two worlds are a natural fit for each other, and I can’t imagine it feeling forced at any point once the characters inevitably switch locations. The moment when Two-Face is revealed to be that of 90’s kid’s childhoods is a very satisfying one; also a hilarious one for those who notice what he’s watching the Teen Titans GO! series. Every page is composed of smooth action that inspires nothing but fun and excitement.
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures should continuously provide a delightful nostalgia trip for those who grew up with Batman and the Turtles in the 90’s. It’ll also provide readers with a look into the current running TMNT series (which is pretty great every time I catch it). This perfect coupling of two worlds strikes gold again, and I hope this series goes on for a very long time and touches upon every rogue available in both Bat & Turtle universe alike. It’s the best Saturday morning cartoon that never aired.