Dark Trinity: Batman/TMNT II #4

I don’t talk about the covers often enough. For some reason this one reminded me of that. All the Batman/TMNT covers are well done, even going back to the first run of issues. I always appreciate the cover art being done by the books actual artist. If you get a kick ass cover but terrible story art, it’s a let down and vice versa. Sometimes it works, but not often enough.

Right from the cover we know what’s bound to happen. The one turtles who’s been going through puberty problems this whole series is ready to use the very drug that’s created the whole problem. Certainly not Donatello’s best move.

As frustrating as this is, I like the move by writer James Tynion IV. Donatello’s always been so much frigin smarter than everyone else, to an absurd level when you consider he’s supposed to be a teenager. I get it, he’s a mutant and has that over his brothers. But all the logic in the world can’t stop a teenager from becoming irrationally emotional for no legitimate reason.

We’ve all been there.

It’s an unexpected change of pace to see Donatello further act out of emotion. He’s always the voice of reason, somehow finding an answer for every problem. Truth be told until I saw this cover, I had no idea that was going to be his move. Though he’d recover by this issue and become more productive. This is WAY better though. We all know things will work out in the end, but it’s certainly not going to be a simple and predictable (once again proving DC’s dominance in the actual comic books).

Fully expecting Robin and Raphael to have an OMG moment when they witness Donatello’s rage.

Another rock-solid issue. This series continues to be one of my favorites and it’s a great move by IDW to keep running this crossover because I’m definitely interested in reading some of the new TMNT after reading this series.

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