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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Urban Legends #9 Review - The TMNT-Batman Crossover you never heard of

Updated: Sep 5, 2020

Gary Carlson (Writer) • Frank Fosco (Pencils-Covers)

Adam Guzowski (Colorist) • IDW Publishing (Publisher)

I used to consider TMNT Vol: 3 from Image comics to be the outcast of the Ninja Turtles franchise. Few people read the original run and most of the commentary surrounding the series was dismissive or negative. After Flipping through this series I can honestly say its underrated.

The series is nowhere near as good as the main IDW series but it does feel like an honest continuation of the Mirage series from the 80s and 90s. The series is consistent and does represent the growth of the characters that you rarely get from the 30+ -year-old franchise.

This issue features an unauthorized crossover with Batman. It's not really Batman but it's close enough that you'd be a fool to miss it. Depending on the perspective, you may see this take as a blatant ripoff or homage. I read the comic and saw it as a homage to Adam West Batman.

Leonardo flies solo in this issue attempting to locate Splinter who is operating out of Midway City (Gotham). Splinter has transferred into a giant Bat and has begun biting and mutating people. When Leonardo appears he is almost immediately attacked by these Bat creatures and nearly kills one before he is interrupted by The Knight Watchman (Batman) who offers assistance as well as an antidote. Leo and The Knight Watchman then proceed and work together to locate Splinter.

Urban Legend #9 is another decent outing for this creative team. The Batman team-up is nice and I think the choice to homage Adam West version was a pretty cool throwback. The character has good chemistry with Leo I could see the characters having regular team-ups.

Art is always an issue for the series so I won't dwell on it. The action sequences are laid out decently and the addition of color really helps in distinguishing what's going on. There isn't really much else to say. The comic is solid and if you run across the book it's still worth a read.

Rating 8/10