BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #3
Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Freddie Williams II, Jeremy Colwell
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: February 10, 2016
The crossover made in heaven continues as the stakes and action intensify! This is one damn good comic book and Tynion IV and Williams II need to be commended for making this wild story soar.
James Tynion IV does a masterful job merging the worlds of the Turtles and Batman with this comic, giving fans of each (and I’m assuming there is a large crossover of fans with two franchises this large) a lot to love from each side of the equation. The iconic Shredder being in the mix with the Turtles and Splinter makes this much more of a story than if it was just the Turtles coming over, and the appearance of the villain instantly increases the stakes of this story. He’s a diabolic and dangerous man with a particularly vicious streak in Tynion’s take on him. His interactions with the characters of Gotham are fantastic, and the Turtles are a great foil for Bruce Wayne. Tynion really nails the best aspects of each character in this issue, which has completely sold me on this crossover. I’m not going to lie, I’m so sold on this that I want a second volume when it is over – this story is that damn good.
Freddie Williams II goes wild with this one, delivering some absolutely amazing pages that make this issue feel like a classic TMNT tale, but very much set in Gotham. His work with Shredder and the Turtles, especially where action is concerned, is perfect and the double page spreads that appear in this issue are astonishing. Williams does a great job merging these worlds, making the Turtles feel slightly out of place, but not fully, and his Batman is strong and stoic. He handles the rage and attitude of Raphael especially well, and the gravity of the situation they are all in is reflected in his pencil work. Jeremy Colwell’s colour work is very strong as well, giving this artwork a classic feel without making it feel dated. He compliments and enhances the pencil work very well, and this issue is very impressive on the art front.
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 is the perfect execution and representation of all the fun that can be had when you bring two iconic properties together. The writing and artwork are on point and this comic had me locked in from the cover to the last page. The cliffhanger is awesome, and this is definitely one of the most entertaining comics you’ll read this week.
The Verdict: 10/10