Old Man Logan #1 Review

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During the Secret Wars fiasco, the Marvel world saw the arrival of an alternate Wolverine, Old Man Logan. It is fair to say that the initial run for this character was disappointing but could a new writer deliver on the promise all Wolverine comics hold?

Jeff Lemire has taken over from Brian Bendis as the writer for this title and the change is immediately noticeable. The tone is much more fitting of the grizzled character and isn’t too far removed from that of ‘Gran Torino’ which also focused on an elderly man who still had a great deal of fight in him. Eastwood’s character in that film was also very similar in temperament to Logan and that is captured perfectly in this book also.

You get a glimpse at two versions of the same clawed killer in this comic, one from the present day and one from an alternate Earth fifty years in the future. The future Logan is depicted as a family man just trying to survive in an impossibly tough environment. This alternate take on the character is very refreshing and doesn’t sacrifice the anger at his core. In an exchange with The Black Butcher you see that internal struggle for control that this character was constantly fighting in his original timeline. He also appears broken in many ways, the depiction of him as an old man helps a great deal with this but also he doesn’t have quite the same fire as he backs down from a fight and shows fear regarding what the Hulk Gang will do to his family if he dares to stand his ground.

Present day Logan is something of 180 from this character. Of course he isn’t totally different but this version has been through so much hell that the readers have not seen yet. It is known that circumstances led to him killing all of the X-Men in his future and that his family were killed by the Hulk Gang but little else has been explored as of yet.

He is once again the angry, vengeful brute that fans have loved for so long. Beyond that though, this book is something of an introspective tale as the audience is guided by Logan’s monologue throughout as he tries to piece together what is happening to him now that he finds himself on a vastly different Earth.

Lemire is also working on the very aptly titled ‘Extraordinary X-Men’ book but he does an admirable job of differentiating between the two tonally here. The focus is less on relationships and more on the character of Wolverine himself. Lemire delves into what makes the man tick and how what he has experienced has shaped him into a psychologically damaged, yet still peculiarly relatable soul. This is not the Wolverine you will be familiar with and yet he is not a massive departure either.

Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo are responsible for the visual elements of this title and to say they have done a great job is to do them a grave disservice. Whilst the art on many books may be in receipt of some very high praise you will be hard pressed to find another title on the market that is drawn and coloured in such a fitting way as this. The tone has been matched with exquisite attention to detail and the end result is truly a sight to behold.

The book feels gritty and the flashback sequence has a subdued palette that puts readers right into an old Wild West movie. The hazy nature of the sun drenched, washed out pages makes for the perfect portrayal of the apocalyptic wasteland Logan is supposed to be living in. When the action moves back to the city the colouring changes slightly and things become a touch darker, trading washed out tones for bold blacks aside from the initial waking up scene where things remain suitably disorientated.

This team truly show their worth though through the creation of a pair of beautiful two-page splashes. Each is very in different in style to the other but both are a poster worthy sight to behold.

The buzz for this book has been pretty big and Lemire and co. have lived to the expectations. In fact, they have surpassed them with relative ease. The story looks to be going in a very exciting direction from the next issue onwards and you do not want to miss a single frame of it.

Score: 5 out of 5.

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Lucifer #2 Review

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In a slightly unexpected but very welcome turn of events, Lucifer returned in comic book form last month and wowed audiences with a deliciously dark story. It would have been impossible to ruin that in the space of one issue but was the newest installment a step down for the series?

Holly Black split this issue into two distinct narratives and both of them were as spellbinding as each other. She is very obviously the right selection to work on this title and she is making very few missteps at this point.

The first and main story continues to centre on the unlikely buddy cop dynamic currently going on between Lucifer and Gabriel as they search for clues as to who killed God. The pacing of the relationship as it builds feels very natural. You wouldn’t expect these two bitter enemies to suddenly be best friends just because of a common goal and they certainly aren’t portrayed as such in this issue. That being said, they do have a certain rapport as they bounce off of one another with witticisms and jibes. It does feel like two people have been thrust into an unwanted pairing and are just trying to make the most of it.

In this issue they take a journey to Hell and it is here that Beelzebub is introduced to the series. He has been written pretty perfectly as you get the sense that this demonic character cannot be trusted, a feeling that is further compounded when Gabriel is skinned alive his lair. With this character and numerous others, Black is creating a very rich world for Lucifer and Gabriel to exist in. No one feels like a spare part at the moment and there is tension in almost every encounter as the mystery deepens as to who killed God.

No answers have been given to that key question yet but clues are being drip fed to readers in a very satisfying and carefully thought through way. Black has clearly put a lot of effort into crafting a compelling story and it is already paying off.

The subsidiary tale tells of a fairly ineffectual, rotund woman who is just trying to get a little peace on life. Peace is not forthcoming though as she is plagued by a jar of what appear to be little demons. Through her short adventure you get to see these entities tempt her into committing increasingly evil acts.

This story is a nice fit for the book as it furthers the idea that Lucifer’s reemergence on Earth has caused a new wave of depravity to sweep the land. That theme was handled heavily in the first comic and to see it touched on in a less direct way is very effective.

There is always the chance that this seemingly unrelated story will factor into the main plot down the road but it doesn’t need to do so in order to be a very welcome addition for readers. Hopefully time will be allotted in future issues to continue to follow this new character through her troubled existence.

There is a further side story told over the space of a single page but it doesn’t have any context to it at this point and so is impossible to rate with such a small glimpse to work from. Perhaps next month it will be built upon to a degree that can be talked about.

Lee Garbett and Antonio Fabela continue to wonderful things with their combined artistic talents. Once again the characters and setting are thematically appropriate and oddly gorgeous in a very twisted way. Lucifer retains his handsome, charming nature that is so associated with him and Gabriel is very interesting due to his fall from grace and new, far less clean cut, look.

Just as was the case last month, Lucifer is a comic high point once more. This is now a title that should be looked forward to each and every month as the team show that they are more than capable of delivering on all the promise that goes with such a title. The recent TV show may not be very good but this series is superb.

Score: 5 out of 5.

Lucifer #2 Review

Lucha Underground S2 Ep1 Review

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When Lucha Underground debuted on the El Rey Network over a year ago it created a revolution in Professional Wrestling. It provided viewers with something completely fresh and innovative, qualities that are sorely lacking in the more mainstream companies including the Indie darling that is ROH.

Through a combination of breathtaking matches, compelling characters, and a built in living, breathing culture, it became hugely popular in a very short space of time. Stars such as Prince Puma, Pentagon Jr, Mil Muertes, Sexy Star, and many others got over in a major way with the crowd who engaged with this product like no other.

When season one came to an end fans were left chomping at the bit for more Lucha Libre action. There were some concerns over the fate of the company after rumours circulated about the possibility of there not being a season two but all that is in the past now as finally Lucha Underground has returned to the screen. It is a huge relief to be able to say that it is still the best thing in wrestling today.

The new episode began with a recap of the ending of Ultima Lucha from last year. For those who had watched the event it was a reminder of how incredible it had been and how oddly poignant the show’s sign off was. For those who weren’t fortunate enough to be a LU fan at the time it was something of an introduction to the character’s although it will more likely have just been a tad confusing for those people as it told nothing of their series long build or individual motivations.

With the reminders out of the way the next thing up was a video package of Vampiro in a mental institute. It makes a certain degree of sense as Vamp turned out to be Pentagon Jr’s master at Ultima Lucha and returned to his former psychotic ways. Now most will have assumed that the continuation of this storyline would have seen Vamp act as a manager to Pentagon and guide him into this season but it appears that, for the time being, this whole angle has been put to one side.

The video saw a psychiatrist evaluate the vampiric one and deem him fit for re-entry into the world. That opinion came with a handful of anti-psychotics and the advice not to return to people or places from his past. The fact that he is immediately picked up by commentary partner, Matt Striker, should show that his new found sanity is not going to last. Although that should have been clear ever earlier when he is shown to be daydreaming about straight up murdering the psychiatrist and the orderlies.

The action moves to the arena after this, or more specifically the boss’s office, as Fenix tries to use his Gift of the Gods Championship to get a World Title match with Mil Muertes that night. Instead the new boss, Catrina, ordered him to defend his own title against King Cuerno and so the first match of the night was set. Though before that happened there was a brilliant shot of Muertes sitting high up in the arena on a throne. The iconography here was very reminiscent of Dia De Los Muertos which is fitting since Catrina is a name closely associated with the festival and the entire aesthetic of the Muertes character and the Temple at large has always been once of death and one that basked in Hispanic, particularly Mexican and Mayan, culture.

Gift of the Gods Championship Match- Fenix (c) vs. King Cuerno.

Both of these men stood out last season as two of the most talented Luchadores in the company. Fenix became wildly popular as a tecnico (good guy) who utilised athletic, highly stylized offence and showed a tremendous deal of resiliency in his brutal battles with Mil Muertes. Cuerno set himself apart as one of the leading Rudo’s (bad guys) of the brand by being relentless in his hunting of the fan favourites. His gimmick of a highly skilled hunter made for a surprisingly compelling character also.

This match was always going to be something special and it did not disappoint. Both men showcased exactly what had made them so popular as Fenix’s athleticism shone through as he bounced around the ring and executed Tornado Plancha’s with ease. He showed off a more technically sound side too as he transitioned from a Springboard Cutter into a Dragon Sleeper. Cuerno, for his part, showed off his well-documented aggression through moves such as an Apron-Hung DDT and a jaw dropping and hard to describe Double-Underhook Tombstone Piledriver which ended the contest.

Both men put forth a match that perfectly encapsulated what LU is all about. The action was fast paced and exciting yet it still told a story. It wasn’t just high spots for the sake of doing them but rather they were done in a way that fit the flow of the match and when it was time to do away with them they were traded out for impact moves and submissions. This is exactly what separated the in-ring action presented on LU from all other Indie promotions in the first place, they give you excitement and sense in equal measure in matches like this and it makes for much more enjoyable viewing.

It was a little surprising to see this title, which is a lot like the MiTB briefcase, change hands on the season opener but surprises like that are big reason to watch this show.

Winner and New Gift of the Gods Champion- King Cuerno.

After this there was backstage interaction between the former Trio’s Champs and Catrina. She informed the turbulent partners that they would be competing against one another and the winner would face Mil for his championship in the main event. Another surprising and exciting prospect.

Number One Contenders Match- Angelico vs. Son of Havoc vs. Ivelisse.

You know how WWE is patting itself on the back for its Diva’s revolution despite the fact they’re doing the same old tired stuff as before? Well LU are actually furthering women in wrestling and if you want proof of that then look no further than this match. Ivelisse, for anyone unaware, is a woman whilst the other two competitors are men.

See, LU don’t just pair the same females up over and over and call it progress because at least they’re on TV. No, instead they show them as tough athletes who are capable of fighting with the men on the roster and winning. Which is exactly what happened here.

The match itself was perfectly good. The crowd were definitely into it as you’d expect since they’ve always had love for all three of these wrestlers. It was a little too short to get too much in the way of action but what they did do was very well done. It may not be possible to get tired of seeing Angelico hit that Shuri Knee as it just screams brutality whenever he connects, especially when he caught Ivelisse square in the jaw.

All three performers got in a good amount of offence and no one left the match looking weak but obviously it was Ivelisse who looked like a million dollars as she picked up the win via a Strong Cradle on Angelico. Meaning she would be pulling double duty as the shot at Mil’s title was up next.

Winner and New Number One Contender- Ivelisse.

Lucha Underground World Championship Match- Mil Muertes (c) vs. Ivelisse.

The odds were never going to be in the plucky challengers favour here as Mil only won the title at the end of the last season having been built up as an unstoppable monster. It would have been a massive surprise, and not necessarily a good one, if they had moved the title off of him in the first show back.

Ivelisse was starved of support early as her partners were attacked by Muertes’ stablemates, The Disciples of Death. This left her all alone to face a wrecking ball of a man, who still had Catrina in his corner.

The booking was pretty much perfect in its working of the crowd and telling of a true underdog story. Ivelisse fought tooth and nail to topple the champ, using her MMA experience to catch him in Guillotine Chokes and Rope Hung Juji Gatame’s. This is where the commentary teams, particularly Striker, showed themselves to be far and away better that the WWE’s teams as they talked up the relevant attributes of Ivelisse and actually made you believe that she was in with a shot. They furthered the story rather than some App or a Network and that helps a show appeal to an audience immeasurably.

Throughout the match she swung wildly at him and even managed to get two near falls that brought the crowd to their feet, the noise of the support for her was immense. Ultimately though she could never get going as Mil would always just bat her down with a clubbing blow.

She rallied well and showed the fire of a champion, which could be something to consider for the future? There’s no reason why a woman couldn’t be World Champion and it wouldn’t need to seem like a politically correct gimmick either as LU already has a history of pushing women as men’s equals.

In the end she fell victim to a Flatliner and lost the match. Muertes attempted to continue his attack at Catrina’s behest but was himself attacked by Prince Puma who rescue Ivelisse. To cap off a fantastic night, Pentagon Jr returned and attacked the champion with a Backstabber and a maneuver he has used in the past to break the arms of his rivals.

Winner and Still Lucha Underground World Champion- Mil Muertes.

All in all, this was a superb show that brought this series back with a bang. Every fan will be looking forward to Wednesdays a whole lot more now as the best wrestling promotion around looks to get people talking week after week with high octane action and actual attention to storylines.

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Deadpool #6 Review

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By now you will all be fully aware of just how bad Deadpool has been for the last five issues. Could a new story arc, set 84 years in the future, be the cure-all solution?

Once again Gerry Duggan is at the helm for this new narrative, but don’t throw it away just yet. It is fair to say that this is a step up for the series but it still falls victim to a few pitfalls that could blight the series as it continues in its new run.

The new story is set in the year 2099 and focuses on a very different Deadpool, a female one. The problem with the 2099 titles has always been that the future technology is too ridiculous to the point where the book feels tacky making it very hard to get interested in. Spider-Man 2099 had this same problem in its last run and never managed to snare a very good readership. It is doing a lot better this time around though it must be said.

You need look no further than the opening sequence that sees this new ‘Pool riding a mechanized Dragon to find these same tropes present in this book. Okay yes the Dragon does look very cool but it obviously strips the tale of any sense of realism or believability, something which is quite sought after in comic books in the modern era.

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Obviously for some the futuristic spin is a big plus and it is easy enough to see why, who doesn’t occasionally like a slice of the fantastical? For these people this book must have been something of a triumph as it most certainly delivered on the vibrant future they will have been anticipating.

For others though there is something else to sink your teeth into and that, for once, is the story. Yes, it focuses largely on this She-Pool but your old pal, Wade, is still alive and kicking. Well actually he’s very decidedly not kicking but you get the idea.

There are big reveals given for both generations of ‘Pool that promise to see them cross paths a whole lot more in the future. This portrayal of Wade as a broken old man, waiting for death, is very different to what has been done in the past and offers a fresh perspective on the character. It also serves as a rather handy metaphor for the comics that came before this one but that was probably unintentional.

Whilst the new character isn’t very funny again, there is humour to be found in this book and it is quite enjoyable. Old man Deadpool is first seen watching some news channel which sees a moronic Texan getting angry that a hurricane has been given the name Jose and so demands that the National Hurricane Service be defunded. There is more political and social satire like this in the pages that follow and they should resonate with readers in a fairly contemporary and significant way.

The art team has changed for the new stories and now consists on Scott Koblish and Nick Filardi. It cannot be denied that they have done an excellent job in putting forth a vibrant and dynamic world that suits the fantastic nature of the Earth of 2099 to a tee. The aforementioned Dragon is gorgeous in its design and the new protagonist looks sleek and streamlined whilst poor old ‘Pool has been crafted into a rotten husk essentially. They bring the story to life in a rich and rewarding way that must be congratulated.

It was with much trepidation that most will have read this comic and it would be surprising if anyone honestly found it to be a step down from the previous five. It was wittier in place, had a more compelling story with less waffle, and at no point did it stray into tedious water. Sure, the 2099 setting can be troublesome in some respects but it also allows for a greater degree of creative freedom and that can be seen to be working wonders for Duggan’s writing. The future is, for the first time, looking bright for this book.

Score: 3.5 out of 5.

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Silver Surfer #1 Review

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The Silver Surfer is back to join the ever growing list of relaunched Marvel titles in the wake of Secret Wars. To be brutally frank, The Surfer has been associated all that much with quality (Fantastic Four 2, anyone?). Could that all be set to change after this reboot?

Nope. This entire issue is so massively underwhelming that there is a very good chance you will not remember it in a matter of hours after reading it. The story is poorly plotted and rushed to an unreasonable degree, the characterisation is practically nonexistent, and the way in which it all wraps up is laughably bad.

It looks as though this new run will just be more of the same as it mirrors the last one in every way. The dynamic between The Surfer and his companion, Dawn, is stolen straight out of Doctor Who. Not the good Doctor Who either but the awful Moffat led era that suffers from the same woes as this comic. She is a peppy nuisance designed to counterbalance his tired man out of time shtick and she essentially takes over the narrative in an attempt to make things more human and relatable. The problem is that there is nothing interesting about her. Just as with Clara Oswald, Dawn is constantly presented as being special but never actually does anything to convince you of that fact. It is lazy writing at its blatant worst.

The most insultingly idiotic thing to happen in this script is, without doubt, the way that the main story is wrapped up. The plotline saw the invading Hordax use some ill-explained weapon to drain all of Earth’s culture away, rendering people unable to even recall their favourite characters, books, show etc. although it isn’t explained why their memories would disappear along with the actual works themselves.

Obviously Dawn and The Surfer take the fight to them and during the early stages of this section the leader of the Hordax reveals that he is using the stolen information to make his mightiest warriors even more mighty. These warriors promptly turn into recognisable pop culture figures such as Sherlock Holmes and the woman from Kill Bill.

Now, as it turns out they have also inherited the heroic traits associated with these identities and as such are very easily convinced to do the right thing and return everything they stole to Earth. Literally Dawn just tells them to do it and they do, that’s the ending Dan Slott wrote.

What makes this even more ridiculously poorly written is that they then reveal they were merely cataloging Earth’s culture to save after it is destroyed. The point this raises is that, if this were true, then they would already have been doing the right thing in taking this information and so would not have suddenly seen that it was good and proper to return it. Also Dawn shouldn’t be able to remember who these characters are so how does she know that they’re heroes and will do what she asks? It doesn’t make any sense!

Somewhat predictably it is the art to the rescue again as Michael and Laura Allred deliver a good looking book. The aesthetic they create is charmingly retro and fits nicely into the pop art style. Considering the cosmic nature of this title that seems like a good fit and they certainly do it well. The colouring in particular gives off a fresh feel, it is not commonplace or pedestrian and clearly a great deal of work has gone into making it just so.

However, there are setbacks here too as Space seems to be very hemmed in with the way they depict it. It is lacking in all sense of grandeur and that seems like a very odd choice considering the character they are drawing for. The Surfer should have a story that looks vast in scope, not one so small especially in the series debut.

Whilst Silver Surfer has some charm to it it cannot be ignored that the writing is well below par on this story. Perhaps it will improve but for now you can get away with leaving this one off of your haul lists.

Score: 1.5 out of 5.

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Batman #48 Review

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Readers of Scott Snyder’s run on Batman are no strangers to quality. Each story arc has been nothing short of iconic and the latest one, titled ‘Superheavy’, has been no exception. That’s why it is no shock to see how superbly this latest issues builds on from the previous one which ended on a double-cliffhanger. That’s twice the cliffs, people!

The first of these reader retaining endings saw this arc’s big bad, Mr. Bloom, reemerge and attack Jim Gordon in his ostentatious new Bat-Bus. They pick up right where they left off with this one as Bloom takes ahold of Bat-Gordon and proceeds to grow to the size of a skyscraper. The interesting thing about this villain is that it’s not entirely clear just what he is and that sense of uncertainty has worked in the favour of this book as it has proven rather easy to turn him into a menacing and highly memorable threat.

Whilst some of his backstory is given away through use of the old favourite, the bad guy monologue, he still retains a great deal of that mystery and fans will undoubtedly still be eager to know his full origins as he is one of the most destructive new villains to be introduced in years.

His aim this time out seems to be to lay waste to Gotham, which is hardly a groundbreaking plan (although he actually does break some ground). But he also follows in the footsteps of other iconic enemies of The Bat by turning the cities denizens against one another. He achieves this by offering them immense power and all they have to do to gain it is implant one of his seeds into their skin (yes that does sound mildly sexual). The catch is that there are only a limited number of said seeds and so the race is on to find them and become something more… planty.

The Bloom sections of this comic are as understatedly excellent as ever and it isn’t hard to imagine this particular rogue going down in history as a fan favourite of the modern era. He is chilling as he looms large over the city and the scale of his menace serves as a reminder of how rare it is for modern comics to actually craft sinister villains that are both cartoony and mildly terrifying all at the same time.

The other cliffhanger from last month was without question the more interesting of the two as fans saw a decidedly civilian looking Joker take a seat next to the foggy brained Bruce Wayne. This moment has had everyone clamouring for this new issue ever since it occurred and it is safe to say Snyder did not disappoint.

The tension in the air as the two mortal enemies sat discussing their new found lives was palpable. The question had to be niggling at every reader as to whether The Joker really was an amnesiac like Bruce or if he was simply playing a game as he so loves to do. It would appear, for the time being, that he is none the wiser about his sordid past as The Clown Prince of Crime although no one expects that to remain the case for too long.

What he serves to do here is edge Bruce away from returning to his former ways as the cape and cowl wearing vigilante. If anything this ups the tension of the moment as it seems rather self-serving for a man who Batman has pummeled many a time to urge him away from donning the tights once more. It casts further doubt over whether Joker is himself or not and that overwhelming sense of unknowing amongst readers is delicious.

The two story paths look set to intersect in an explosive finale as Bruce is forced to watch a child at his daycare transform hideously after ingesting one of Bloom’s seeds. Something that will force him back to his old crime fighting ways. Thankfully Greg Capullo cuts away before it gets too gruesome but the full effect is still felt.

Without ruining anything about the last page it must be mentioned that it is magnificent. Once you read this book, or if you already have done so, you will know exactly why this is true.

Snyder has once again shown the world why he is the best comic book writer alive right now. No one comes close to his story writing as he delivers heart wrenching moments, captivating action, and superior characters with every story he pens. It would have been so simple to bring Bruce back as Batman quickly after Endgame came out but to build up the anticipation in this way is sheer genius. Long may Snyder reign as the Batman writer.

Score: 5 out of 5.

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Batman/TMNT #2 Review

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Cowabunga, Batman is back with the Turtles! In a continuation of the most surprisingly entertaining title in DC’s current line-up Batman does battle with The Ninja Turtles. Fans will be pleased to know that the quality remains astoundingly high throughout this second book.

The action hits early in this issue as Batman starts off the book by fighting with The Turtles in a superbly written and drawn set piece. James Tynion IV takes the smart option of having Batman completely outclass his mutant foes with his far superior martial arts skills. It would have been absurd to see him on the back foot against these temporary opponents as it would have served only to undermine him as a character. This isn’t to say that the shell-clad quartet are completely ineffectual though. They fight with dogged (Turtle-ed?) determination and show all of the heart and never say die attitude that endeared them to millions in the first place.

An interesting moment occurs towards the end of this fight as Master Splinter steps forwards and briefly duels with Bats before disappearing in a cloud of smoke. This is not a confrontation that many had written about whilst predicting the path of this series but it is one that should be explored further. When you think about it they are not all that different as characters. Both are high skilled martial artists who have taken several young, impetuous students under their wing, into an underground lair, and used them to fight their own causes. Of course one is mutant rat and the other is a man dressed as a bat but no one said they were mirror images.

Tynion proves himself as worthy of writing for both sets of characters as he avoids jump starting the obvious alliance that entitles this book, choosing instead to remain true to Batman’s wary nature by having them go their separate ways for the time being. It makes sense as Bruce has very well established trust issues and is hardly likely to be all pally with the mutant turtles that are seemingly stealing high tech machinery all around his city. The story progression does not suffer from this move either as everyone finds their own purpose after this split and as such no one feels like a third wheel, rolling along behind the rest.

One thing that Tynion has done here that is incredibly effective is to introduce a real sense of peril as he reveals that Splinter and the Turtles will return to their pre-mutation states if they remain in this alternate universe for too long. This is because the mutagen that caused them to become so humanoid in nature is not present in Batman’s universe and as such it will degrade in their systems if they stay for too long. You should expect this to factor into the remainder of this story in a big way and it will undoubtedly provide a great deal of tension surrounding the closing issue of this series. Many will now be eagerly anticipating the moment that they all return to safety or, heaven forbid, become ordinary rats and turtles trapped in Gotham for good. That would certainly be a brave route to take and, since this is out of canon, it could feasibly be done if the team so chose.

Shredder is also seen in this issue and what becomes immediately clear is that he could be a true force to be reckoned with if he ever decided to stay put in Gotham. He is shown to be dealing with Penguin here and it is no exaggeration to say that he dominates the diminutive crime lord. All anyone really wants though is for him to go to war with Batman so that everyone can see that surely glorious battle at long last. It will likely be saved until closer to the end of this series but the wait is slightly excruciating for fans everywhere.

Just as it was last time, art is once more handled by Freddie Williams II. He does a superior job yet again in his drawing of both universe’s characters. Everyone looks as they should, if a tad exaggerated, and it helps to create the feeling that both of these vastly disparate worlds have truly come together in a way that adherence to one books overall style could not have achieved. Shredder benefits the most from Williams’ work though as he looks more intimidating that ever before, looming over the Gotham underworld as he does.

For the second straight issue Batman/TMNT has hit a home run. There is nothing to criticise in this fun, engaging, and interesting title. Add to this the fact that the impetus to keep reading is provided by the bucket load and you have yourself all the makings of a winner right here.

Score: 5 out of 5.

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