Sunday, January 5, 2020

This Week In Comics: 1/8

First new comics week of the year! And it's a small week as the holidays start ramping down, but luckily we're starting off the decade with what will probably be the biggest event of the year.

Disclaimer: I received advance copies of all comics featured this week courtesy of their individual publishers.
Opinions are my own.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 (BOOM! Studios)
Ryan Parrott, Simone di Meo, Walter Baiamonte, Igor Monti, Ed Dukeshire

Tommy faces a shocking betrayal within the Foot Clan that puts him in the crosshairs of their leader - Shredder! But can the Rangers and Turtles put their differences aside before Shredder unleashes his ultimate weapon? No Rangers or Turtles fan can miss this shocking last page!

I've always said that the best crossover is the one that knows how to pair up the right characters from each property to create a great dynamic of contrasting or similar personalities. My first Ninja Turtles crossover comic was with Ghostbusters, a film about four comedic scientists which left Raph and Leo without much to do.

Despite a ratio of six to four, the Rangers and the Turtles are perfectly matched up. This is truly a crossover that was always destined to be and Parrott didn't disappoint when it came to matching the characters together.

Billy and Donnie hang back at the sewer base to do some science stuff and interestingly Donnie - not Mikey - is the one fanboying over the Rangers. He's showing off all of the gadgets he's made and countering everything Billy says with a "we have one of those too" as if he's trying to get sempai to notice him. It's kinda cute, especially since Billy doesn't even make eye contact with him. These two need their own series.

Over on the obligatory action pages, Trini and Raph compare their heroic exploits, Jason and Leo strategize about different martial arts techniques, and Zack and Mikey talk pizza toppings. Kim, on the other hands, spends her time as a fake intern for April O'Neil to use the power of journalism to find Tommy.

Also crossing over this issue are the villains. I can't actually say much because pretty much their entire encounter is a bunch of spoilers, but it's great! BOOM! isn't kidding hyping up the last page here. Pick this one up as soon as you can before it's plastered all over the net.

This crossover is everything fans of both Rangers and Turtles have been waiting for. The creative team perfectly pairs up the characters and seeing a blend of elements from both properties' shows and comics creates a nice unique world.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 drops in your local comic shop this week. Click here to pre-order the complete mini-series now.