Donny helps Robin with Mr. Freeze while they help to find a way back to his Earth in Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #2.
After Donny accidentally unleashes Bane on his world he helps Lucius Fox build a portal back to his world. Batman is someone Donny looks up to and wanted some advice following getting beaten up by the Foot Clan. However, he only wanted to send a message through the portal and not trade places with Bane.
Donny has only been gone for a week. Bane couldn’t have done very much in that time Donny was thinking to himself. However, when Batman, Robin and Donny teleport to New York they see it in flames.
In Bane’s short time on the other side he has united three rival factions of the Foot under his rule. Bebop and Rocksteady are the last to bend the knee to Bane, but they have no choice after seeing Bane.
Donny reunites with his brothers and tells them the awful truth of being the reason Bane is on their Earth.
I was very surprised by how much I liked this issue. The Ninja Turtles are always very light and funny, but Batman is very dark and serious. It is interesting to see how the two very distinct tones mesh together in a book.
Batman and Robin are very serious and humorless. However, the Turtles are joking around like always. Hopefully they don’t make Batman or Robin as this is Damian Wayne into comedic characters or the Turtles super serious. Thankfully the comic has stayed far away from doing that so far. I was worried this comic would be too silly and have Batman being silly which is bad.
The art style is done in a gritty style which is more akin to the Batman comics than the modern Ninja Turtles comics. The more colorful style of the Ninja Turtles comic is more visually appealing to me, but that is just my preference. I think either style would have worked just as well, but I just prefer one over the other.
James Tynion IV has the tone down for both universes. The two are so different, but he has no problem switching between the two. After reading this issue I need to look into his other Batman comics. I would read a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic by him as well. He just really seems to get the characters and their personalities.
I suggest reading these first two issues. It really does take the best from both comics and makes one of the Ninja Turtles weird yet delicious pizzas with it.
Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Freddie E. Williams II and Jeremy Colwell
Cover by: Freddie E. Williams II and Jeremy Colwell
Publisher: DC Comics