By James Tynion IV, Freddie E. Williams II & Jeremy Colwell

The second installment of this major franchise crossover kicks into high gear from page one. Batman, having discovered four green men, engages his adversaries, showing off his martial arts prowess and mind for strategy. Once the fight is over, Bruce begins to research the Turtles and Splinter and how they figure into the recent thefts. On the flipside, the Ninja Turtles research the Dark Knight and continue to try to find a way back home. Of course, Shredder and the Foot are concocting their own schemes within their new hunting ground of Gotham City…

Half of the issue was devoted to the battle between Batman and the Turtle family. Honestly, most were probably hoping for a fresher direction; this is such an overused trope in crossover events. The protagonists always throw fists before asking questions. In this case, it would make sense for Raphael to do that, but for Bruce to not investigate/observe before engaging is really out of character. The sequence was illustrated very well by Freddie E. Williams II and the blue/gray hues used in the splatter backgrounds by Jeremy Colwell were an excellent choice.

James Tynion IV is trying to implement the science fiction elements from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into the story, but it just isn’t working. He uses it to rationalize how the world’s greatest detective is able to discern, from examining one of Raph’s sais, that they are from another dimension. Despite him trying to explain it over a couple of pages, the mcguffin is just too hard to swallow and this is a comic book.

Even with all the outlandish elements and clichés, Tynion IV and the rest of the creative team really do wonders when the Ninja Turtles come into focus. Their designs and facial expressions are easy on the eyes and their dialogue is spot-on. Honestly, one would rather this just be a TMNT comic because the Batman/Gotham City portions are what’s hurting this book. After this, IDW should give these guys a crack at one of their mini-series.

Again, this comic is uneven from start to finish. Readers who really enjoyed the first issue will probably continue to appreciate the material, but those on the fence should probably hop off. It doesn’t look like this mini-series is going to improve much. It’s really depressing because this event deserved better representation and story.

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About The Author Erik Gonzalez

I was exposed to comics early on, one of my earliest vivid memories was picking up the entire run of Dark Horse’s Aliens vs. Predator(1990). Odd and perhaps morbid choice for a kid, I know...At the same time, I was immersed in the pop culture of the time which included, but not limited to: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and of course, Batman: The Animated Series. Upon reflection, it’s fairly evident why I’m such a zealous geek. My day job is in television operations, so basically I’m exposed to media at every turn, which is where I want to be! Writing comic book reviews is another outlet to convey my respect and fanaticism for the this graphic medium. I hope what I have to say will resonate with others and also spark heart-felt discussion. Simon Pegg said it best, “Being a geek is extremely liberating.”