Batman TMNT Adventures #1 (DC Comics/IDW)
After teaming up their comic book universes, the animated worlds of the Dark Knight and the Heroes in a Half Shell are now coming together. Once again, Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have teamed up, and while Batman TMNT Adventures isn’t a sequel to the smash hit team up from last year, it’s definitely a super fun and unique comic for all ages.
The plot for this miniseries is almost exactly the same as last year’s Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. However, while that series had the Turtles and Shredder jump into the DC Universe, Batman TMNT Adventures has characters from both franchises equally jumping between universes. Clayface pops up in the Turtle’s sewers, and Two-Face has been talking about visiting a different universe after Batman has captured him. So far neither Batman nor the Ninja Turtles have joined forces yet, but it’s not a big deal because the book has a ton of charm that is impossible to resist.
Much of that charm is from Matthew K Manning’s script, which does a wonderful job of matching up the styles of both animated series into one coherent story. The interplay between the four turtles is a lot of fun to read, and the Batman scenes are exactly like you remember from the Bruce Timm and Paul Dini series. Manning’s caption boxes describing the characters is the perfect way to introduce young readers to the worlds of Batman and the Ninja Turtles, but I’d probably make sure to tell them that this is a special event and the two don’t team up all the time.
Jon Sommariva’s art does a great job of mimicking the style of TMNT Adventures, but when it comes to mimicking Batman: The Animated Series, his Batman stands out as the clear winner when compared to other Batman: TAS characters. That’s not saying Sommariva’s style is completely off the mark, though. He’s able to echo the Bruce Timm style, but also give his own unique look to it as well. Unfortunately though, this style only works on certain characters like Two-Face and Clayface. Other characters, Joker and Harley especially, look a little too off model. A lot of this may have more to do with Sommariva trying to make the styles of both universes meld together, though.
If you have a young Batman or TMNT fan that wasn’t quite ready for Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, then Batman TMNT Adventures is the perfect book for them. Hell, if you’re an adult and you love these characters this book is for you. There’s a great sense of fun and adventure to this book that is really infectious. If Manning and Sommariva keep it up, this may end up not only being a worthy sequel to Batman/TMNT, but also surpass it.