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Through some unknown rift in reality, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Foot Clan have ended up in Gotham City, Batman’s Backyard.  But the Dark Knight isn’t about to take this one lying down.  He’s hot on the trail of the Foot as they steal their way across Gotham.

James Tynion IV writes a pretty interesting story here that brings a lot of elements from both of these monumental franchises into the fold.  My main concern is whether it’s too much.  This issue did a lot of jumping around and had very quick scenes with little dialogue.  If the storytellers tried to cram this much into the first issue, it makes me think the rest of the series might be kind of overstuffed as well.

Freddie Williams II’s artwork is rough and pretty dark, just like the characters in this story should be.  I really enjoyed it, as he seems to be channeling the original Eastman & Laird Turtles artwork just a little bit, without completely alienating Batman.  It’s a wonderful book to look at, and I sincerely hope the quality holds up for the remaining five issues.

Overall, this is one hell of a nostalgia trip.  It’s not every day that you see two entertainment icons from different universes come together like this, and I do get the sense that both publishing companies and the creators treated this team up with the respect that each side deserves.  It might be a little overstuffed, but hopefully once it’s all said and done, it will be one of those match-ups that  no one ever forgets.  If you grew up with these characters in your childhood, you won’t want to miss this mini-series.

The Verdict for Batman – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1:
out of 5

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Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

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