What do you get when you combine The Dark Knight and a few Heroes in a Half Shell? You get the bastard love child of writer Matthew K. Manning and artist Jon Sommariva also known as The Face of Two Worlds. This comic brings together two of our favorite heroes (or technically five of them I guess) in one unique cross over experience and something I was not even aware I needed until actually seeing it in print. The dark mysterious Batman and the mostly fun loving Ninja Turtles all fight for the same thing, Justice.
Our story starts off with the Ninja Turtles doing what they do best, and taking down a bank robber with more jokes than actual fighting. Mainly the guy passed out after talking to a giant turtle. Honestly, I feel that would be the way any person in their right mind would react, but who is to judge. We then make a fairly fast leap to Gotham, where The Batman is chasing down a villain in a dark and brooding mansion, so another big shocker there, but we find Two Face, and he does not seem to be well. We are introduced to the fact that he, and a lot of others, escaped Arkham, and no one can find them.
We find out that the Krang portals are involved in the DC villains escaping and actually coming into the Ninja Turtles world, making the villains that we have all grown to love fight in a brand new way, and meet up with some brand new heroes, all while Batman tries to figure out what the hell is going on back on Earth One. It jumps back and forth a lot, but I do not feel it loses the reader at any point in doing so, which is a true testament to this style of writing. It is difficult to keep people entertained AND informed without it coming off as spoon feeding you the information.
The writing in this story is an amazing mixture of the more modern TMNT we have all grown accustomed to in the recent years, with the Batman Animated Series style of Batman. His attitude, interactions, and quick detective work give us his true identity, but the authors ability to give him all the same traits in a new and unique way, gives a lot of credit to this story. I was captivated enough to want more, and I know this run is going to be a good one, one you should watch out for.
The art style is exactly what you’d expect from this specific cross over. It is cartoony, very modern creation of the characters, and completely over the top in terms of paneling/basic art style. It works amazingly well for this story in this genre.
There is nothing that I would change about this series, and I would make this one of my for sure grabs if I were you. You will not regret it!