I don’t know why it took me so long to finally read this one, but part of me is glad I waited it out now knowing that there’s two more volumes to dig in to. This is a near perfect crossover that reaches to the depths of my childhood.
Tl;dr – The Turtles, as well as Shredder and the Foot, are swept into the DC Universe by some ploy of Krang’s. Once there, Shredder goes about his usual method of conquest, while for the Turtles they forge a rocky alliance with Batman as it becomes a race against time to send them home before their mutagen DNA breaks down due to cross dimension hopping.
Got it? Good. Yeah, it’s pretty straight forward. Really the book doesn’t care too much for the plot, it’s just a simple catalyst to bring about a series of fan service that’s hard not to love (such as an Arkham Asylum filled with mutated villains). The main chunk of this book consists of Batman interacting with the Turtles, with some action and villain team-ups sprinkled throughout (Batman vs Shredder and Turtles vs Ra’s Al Ghul is quite fantastic).
Side-note: This was one of the few collections I read that didn’t have the singular issues divided with their covers, so it basically reads as one continuous graphic novel. There’s only a couple standout moments that are clearly the cliffhangers, but apart from that it moves along flawlessly.
The real show-grabber is Freddie Williams’ art. It casts some Ramos vibes, but far more refined. It feels a little more grounded, but never loses the flare. Its one of those books to just thumb through and drool.
It certainly leaves me (and I imagine most) wanting more, hence why I said I’m glad to have a couple more volumes in the chamber.
TL;DR Score: It’s such a fast read, but honestly it does not lack in content. I’m stoked for the next one. 😀