Graphic Novel, Scifi
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Print (104 pages, IDW)
When a new invention goes haywire, the Turtles are sent to a whole new type of New York City. One with a whole lot more ghosts... and Ghostbusters! The two teams will have to learn to get along quickly, because a new foe from the Turtles past has followed them and aims to conquer NYC!
Publisher Site: website
A fun nostalgic mashup! (4 stars)
Being a little geek girl wasn't always easy in the 80's and 90's. Two of my favorite IPs were about teams of dudes. When I played with my brother or my cousins (all guys) or my friends (all girls) I never wanted to be the token chick character (or love interest). I wanted to be the leader, even if I had to pretend to be a guy. But I digress... decades later these are characters I still love and have a heavy nostalgia for so when I saw that there was a graphic novel with a team-up I got grabby hands.
Conceptually I just loved the idea of this one, the TMNT being accidentally transferred from their dimension to an alternate NYC where they'd get to work with the Ghostbusters to kick ghost butt? Heck yes! But the big baddy they're fighting was a little confusing to me and might be to others who haven't been regular readers of the comics, I'm honestly not sure if he's made an appearance before. The story is amusing and ends well but I didn't quite love it. I felt like something was missing that I still can't put my finger on. Artistically, I really loved the style. It was goofy and suited the Ghostbusters perfectly but at the same time had the edge that TMNT fans expect. The dialog occasionally felt a little out-of-character but when you're considering the set-up it's forgivable.
If you've been nostalgic for these classic IPs and in the mood to sink an afternoon into a graphic novel look no further! I think I'll be sending a copy to my little brother so we can reminisce. If you're trying to get your tween to share your fandom I think this would be suitable for the 10 and up audience.
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.