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5/5 . Team ups are usually really dicey to write or read, but this book does well to emulate both the Batman Adventures and TMNT. If there's one thing that seems off, it's the character Clayface. This character usually has higher action scenes, but here Clayface bumbled. It keeps the pace of the story rolling, but it sacrifices the chance to show Clayface as a real supervillain. Other than that, I loved the logic in the writing and the ways in which each world was carefully detailed.
I grew up watching both cartoon series', TMNT and Batman (The Animated Series). And my son (6 years old) likes both too! We watch the cartoons, and he is beginning to read and so I have introduced him to some comics. This is an excellent book (trade paper back). He opens it up to look at the art, and I have been reading it with him - and I encourage him to read it on his own - which he does (I help with the big words).
The story is good, the characters are true to their cartoon selves. The art is superb. And all the villians are present for fun battles as the turtles and batman (and friends) team up. Great crossover! My son and I wish there was a second series!!
I grew up with DC, in particular, Batman. I also grew up watching the 1990’s TMNT movies, so these properties are part of me. I’ve been collecting all of DC’s crossovers with different properties and I was ecstatic when I saw they had TMNT/Batman. I ordered this in addition to the other edition, focusing on the comic versions of the characters.
This collected edition includes the six-issue miniseries. The story revolves around the 1990’s Batman: The Animated Series Batman and the newer TMNT CG animated series turtles meeting up. Without spoiling anything, the plot revolves around “the World’s Greatest Detective” investigating the disappearance of inmates from Arkham. He discovers they escaped into New York City via an inter-dimensional portal developed by the Kraang. The Bat Family enters “the Big Apple” in search for the villains, only to find out they have been in association with the TMNT’s villains. Together, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donnotello, Raphael, Batman, Robin, and Batgirl work to establish a secure connection between the portals and to return their respective villains.
The writing really does feel like something straight out of these cartoons. The characters have the same dynamic with each other and seeing these two teams interact felt pretty natural for the most part, but like another episode of the cartoon. I enjoy both of these cartoons a great deal, as would anyone else who laid their eyes upon them, so it’s safe to say if you enjoy Batman: the Animated series, TMNT (2012), or both, you’ll enjoy this one. The art feels the same in the sense that it’s like a cartoon. There’s really no wacky look of anything in here. I’m out of complaints for writing and art here. There’s also a design gallery in the back dedicated to variant covers and I know some people complain because they take up part of the book, but it was one of the highlights, getting to see some really nice work from other artists.
This was in mint condition when it arrived in the mail in addition to a couple other stories. It came just like picking it up in person, at a store. I’m not often really worried when it comes to what the condition of the books, but nothing negative in this review.
Considering the success in the different fields for this book and how it manages to be riveting in story, with a mostly natural interaction between the Bat Family and the Turtles, I can’t complain, with the writing and design that helps capture the feel and dynamic of these shows. I’d certainly say this is worth the time and the cost for ths read.
A fun little crossover for Batman and Turtle fans, and especially for those who grew up watching the Animated series and the new Ninja Turtles cartoon. It's also fairly accessible for newcomers, with brief but helpful rundowns of heroes and villains as they are introduced.
The tone is balanced so that the crossover works for readers of all ages. You won't find Miller's grim Dark Knight breaking skulls with the original (all-red) turtles, but you also won't find Ninja Turtles 3/Adam West (or Joel Shumacher, lol) levels of camp here either. The writers did a good job of playing the two crime-fighting families off of one-another without doing a disservice to either.
The book is also just the right length for this kind of story, neither ending too quickly nor outstaying its welcome.
In short, this GN is every bit as fun and awesome as you hope it is. Don't second-guess yourself, just buy it.
Love Batman: Animated Series, and TMNT (2012). And I never expected this crossover to happen. I got this book for Christmas back in 2017, and I was super proud that I got it for my ninja turtles comic collection. I also purchased this book to give it to my friend for his birthday, and he was so glad that I got him this book. Love the story, the adventures, the battles, etc.
Every criminal in Arkham ends up in The Big Apple as Donnie goes Batty for Batgirl. Through in the Foot and stir in Krang brains and you have a fast moving Tale of Two Cities and a Portal down tge rabbit hole.