Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Issue #1 Review: The Last Team-Up Series For Bats and the Turtles?

May 15, 2019
Louie Fecou 0
Comic Reviews, Comics
2.5

Summary

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III is a book for comic fans, not casual readers, as everything in the story relies on some previous knowledge of both Turtles lore and DC tropes, but it’ll satisfy fans of the properties.

2.5

Summary

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III is a book for comic fans, not casual readers, as everything in the story relies on some previous knowledge of both Turtles lore and DC tropes, but it’ll satisfy fans of the properties.

Written by James Tynion IV and with art by Freddie E. Williams II, with an assist from Kevin Eastman himself, the first issue of the DC/IDW series Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III hit the stands, with a fun and fast-paced adventure.

Batman is hot on the trail of The Smile Clan, and there’s an alert that they are holding up the natural history museum — yep, the stakes are high. Harley Quinn is at the heart of the action, with a pack of hyenas. Things get crazier with the appearance of The Laughing Man and various henchmen looking to hijack a mysterious stone from another dimension as Batman arrives.

Cue the action sequence, completed by the intervention of the TMNTs, but the stone is stolen, and we return to the lair of the Turtle’s, where we find Batman has been living since the murder of his parents all those years ago. Seems Batman has also been trained by Splinter and is one of the team now.

So things are all out of whack in this opening issue of Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, and a last-page reveal that explains what may be going on closes the first issue, but I won’t spoil anything else for you in case you pick it up.

I suppose if you are a fan of the Turtle’s, this is another chance to enjoy an adventure with them. With Eastman on board, everything looks quite Turtle-ly and despite the presence of Batman, this looks and feels like a book from a different decade.

The art evokes the style and feel of a Turtle’s book, but the main principle is most definitely a DC concept. The story drops you straight into the action, and despite a huge info dump in the last few pages, it sets things up for what’s to come.

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III is the third in what I think is a trilogy of team-up tales with these characters, and the 80th anniversary of Batman and the 35th of TMNT is as good a time as any to finish this series off. As someone with no real working knowledge of the Turtles, I guess I’m not best suited to review this title, but I suppose if I picked it up off the shelf and spent 10 minutes reading it, I would have been mildly intrigued.

It’s a book for comic fans, not casual readers, as everything in the story relies on some previous knowledge of both Turtles lore and DC tropes, so I guess fans will get something from this but perhaps not so much anyone who reads it as they like the cover.

I’m not sure how many issues Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III lasts, possibly six, but it was a fun first issue, though not one I will pick up next time. But don’t let me put you off. If you have any interest in the properties involved give it a go, even if it’s just for the last page reveal, that I must admit made me smile.