I am a child of the 1980s. I grew up watching The Superfriends, Transformers, Go-Bots, MASK, Thundercats and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. So when DC Entertainment and IDW Publishing announced a crossover between The Dark Knight and the Heroes in a Half-Shell, I fanboyed out.
Every childhood fantasy or crossovers between these two properties came rushing back, from having Leonardo teaming up with Batman, while Robin and Michelangelo went on their own secondary missions to battle the Shredder and the Joker.
An even greater rush of excitement came about when I found out Freddie Williams II would be doing the art for this book. Williams is one of the hardest working artists in the industry and is always thrilled to be drawing DC characters, throw in the Ninja Turtles and it’s an even greater fanboy moment for him.
“I’m super dooper lucky to be drawing this dream project!” said Williams in a brief e-mail exchange about the project.
It is no surprise he is thrilled to be apart of this six-issue mini-series as James Tynion IV penned the story that crosses the multiverse. Tynion alludes to that in the world of the Turtles, Gotham City is nothing more than empty farmland on their earth.
This is a dark and fun story along the lines of the 1990s TMNT that we have come to expect, a bit darker but still humorous, like its 1980s cartoon predecessor. Throw in Jeremy Colwell’s colors and you think he painted over Williams art.
Batman – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can be found online and at your local comic shop today. Don’t hesitate and I hope you fanboy out as much as I did.