No, this isn’t just a fan project; the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are actually going to be teaming up with the Dark Knight himself in the pages of a crossover comic. If there were ever a crossover that you never expected to see, this would be it. After all, we’re talking about a franchise that had humble beginnings as an independent comic. This is a group of characters that were meant to lampoon a lot of the stuff that creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were seeing in comic books at the time. The Ninja Turtles have always been a bit of a clever jab at the big boys, and now they are going to be teaming up with one of them in an epic six-issue miniseries.
The Batman/TMNT Crossover series is set to launch in November, and if this artwork is any indication, we are in for the ride of a lifetime. Who would have thought that our heroes in a half shell would ever be seen fighting alongside the caped crusader in an official series of comics? Last year, IDW released a pretty cool TMNT/Ghostbusters crossover series, and although that may have opened the floodgates for modern TMNT crossovers, I doubt anyone could have foretold this moment in the history of the Ninja Turtles just one year later.
The Ghostbusters are a pretty iconic franchise, and their shared anniversary with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made for a very fitting team up in the four issue series. However, in the case of the Batman/TMNT crossover, the connections will more than likely be a lot more nebulous, based on shared similarities and inspirations. The story will focus on the Ninja Turtles and their villain Shredder being sent to an alternate universe by General Krang. As you might have guessed, that alternate universe is going to be Gotham, and they are going to meet up with Batman and fight some of his favorite baddies. If that doesn’t sound awesome, I don’t know what does.
The six issue series is going to be co-produced by both DC Comics and IDW, and it will be written by James Tynion IV with artwork produced by Freddie E. Williams II. You may have noticed some of that artwork on display in this article, and you can thank Comicbook.com for those excellent images. It’s always nice to see when a series that began with humble beginnings becomes big enough to warrant a crossover with one of the most popular franchises of all time. Here’s hoping this will be an awesome tale of turtles teaming up with a classic vigilante to fight evil! If you’re as excited as we are about this awesome new Batman/TMNT crossover, share your thoughts and feelings in the comments below.