Review: BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES III #2
[Editor’s Note: This Review May Contain Spoilers]
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artists: Freddie Williams III and Kevin Eastman
Colors: Jeremy Colwell
Letters: Tom Napolitano
Reviewed by: Jason Larouche
Earth-Prime Raphael bests both Batman and the Turtles in battle then explains where he’s from. Bruce objects to the origin Raph-Prime put forth, but the black-and-white Turtle continues. He explains that Krang – in the Anti-Monitor armor – captured both a version of Batman and the Earth-Prime Turtles in a plot to eradicate all versions of them. All parties made their escape and plotted to use the interdimensional technology they manage to steal to repair the damage Krang plans for the Multiverse. Raph-Prime made his way through multiple dimensions to the Lair under Wayne Enterprises. While he doesn’t have a plan in mind, Raph-Prime assures them time is of the essence. Meanwhile, The Laughing Man is propositioned by Krang to help him achieve final victory…TO BE CONTINUED!
I want to start with the relief that we’ve been given an explanation for this topsy-turvy format. Also, it was an awesome decision to have Kevin Eastman – COCREATOR of TMNT – to sketch the real origin of the Turtles. The aesthetic of the flashback sequence is bound to please long time fans of this amazing franchise. While it’s strange seeing Batman think less of himself, it’s fascinating to see him operate under the assumption that he is just another “Turtle” in the bunch. Taking facets from “Crisis” stories of the past ups the ante and explains why this is billed as the last Bat-Turtle crossover story. The aesthetic differences between Freddie’s characters and Kevin’s push forth the notion of different worlds.
While it’s good bringing in “Crisis” elements, fans already saw this storyline played out in the “Turtles Forever” anniversary animated movie. There are also elements of the recent CW “Elseworlds” crossover thrown in to account for the difference in reality. And I’m not really getting the high threat level of The Laughing Man that should be conveyed. He is the worst of both villains; he should be treated as such.
The nostalgia scored awesome points. Eastman’s art inserted into William’s panels is the best way to convey the distinction between worlds. While I have misgivings about how Batman is handled, I’m trying to stay positive and look forward to seeing this story in its entirety.