Saturday, February 04, 2017

Reader's Diary #1444- James Tynion IV (writer), Freddie E Williams (artist): Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 1

I love a good crossover, but I'd hardly consider myself a big fan of either of these two properties. I'll give credit for being an unexpected crossover, that's for sure.

It was only recently that I read my first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic, an anthology of the very earliest works by creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. I had to admit that I actually enjoyed it, found stories interesting, the jokes funny, and the art stellar. Unfortunately, the TMNTs in this book seem to owe more to the old 80s cartoon show than the comics. They are dumber, more bro-ish, and even have their old catchphrases (Cowabunga? Really, shouldn't that be updated?).

Batman is fine in the crossover, but he's such an inconsistent character, it's hard to say he's true to the essence anyway. Despite a consistent scowl, he's surprisingly patient with the turtles I suppose. And, I did like that they emphasized his detective skills which seems to have been forgotten nowadays.

The crossover story is fine in that it makes sense without seeming forced and has some good action sequences, playing to the fanboys who want to see the heroes clash before teaming up. The Shredder proves himself to be a two-dimensional villain, however, especially compared to Batman's rogue gallery yet it's The Shredder that gets more spotlight.

If you are a fan of either or both of these sets of characters, you'll likely be fine with this comic. Me? I was entertained briefly but ultimately underwhelmed-- about what I figured.

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