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Comic Review: BATMAN/TMNT 3 #3

by Chris M. P.

Batman/ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Issue 3 

Story by James Tynion IV Art by Freddie Williams and Kevin Eastman

Published by DC w/ IDW 

Released July 3rd, 2019

The crisis in a half shell continues! 

The origin of Batman…together with the origin of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? The stories are familiar, but through the prism of this altered reality, clearly not the same. An uneasy feeling sets in that everything is not what it seems. But the Laughing Man pays a visit to a familiar Turtles ally to make sure this world stays exactly as Krang has remade it.

We’ve met the halfway mark in this exciting series as the TMNT and Batman continue to thrill and keep you on the edge of your seat in what is another great chapter of this crossover saga. Krang is ripping through realties, Batman is a turtle-bro, and Mirage-Raph is filling in the mystery the best he can! This particular issue starts strong with the combined origin of Batman and the TMNT that surprisingly fits like a glove thanks to clever writing of Tynion. 

Storywise this issue is very narrative heavy, as it should be seeing as the last 2 issues were very action packed. But that isn’t a knock in the slightest, as everything moves at a brisk pace and continues to be a real page turner. We spend some time with April O’Neil and even get a glimpse at Orku Saki. Freddie Williams artwork remains gritty yet pretty and continues to feel as sort of a halfway point between Eastman and Laird’s original style mixed with his own unique take.  

We’re now moving forward and we’re in the meat and potatoes of this story. We’re not getting the fanservice and nods like the previous 2 issues, which is just fine, as now the story is coming into its own. We end this issue with another “Oh dang!” moment, and I look forward to issue 4 now that the real Shredder is thrown into the mix. Cowabunga, baby. 

Batman/ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Issue 3 is now available wherever comics are sold! 


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