TMNT vs. Street Fighter…Issue 1…Fight!

Worlds collide as IDW brings together the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a roster of classic Street Fighter characters in the new mini-series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vs. Street Fighter! Gang Green is all here, including the fifth turtle, Jennika. With writing by Paul Allor (Godzilla Rivals) and art by Ariel Medel (Evil Ernie), TMNT vs. SF opens with a calcium-shattering punch by Raphael, connecting with the face of everyone’s favorite sonic-booming flat top, Guile.

Just like the Kuma-te in Jean Claude Van Damme’s Blood Sport, fighters have come from around the world to compete in a winner-take-all tournament.  Of course, it doesn’t take long for the villainous M. Bison and Baxter Stockman to show up, though their nefarious intentions are not quite known in this first issue of a five-issue mini-series.

The story so far is kind of par for the course in what you’d expect. Raph is crabby, has an axe to grind, and runs off on his own.  Mikey lacks focus.  Donnie takes a backseat and Leo is beginning to follow the trail of missing fighters.  If you’re looking for more of a bubblegum feel to the two franchises, this is it.  If you’re looking for something more serious, sorry to burst your bubble (gum).  While you may not be yelling ‘Cowabunga!’ throughout this issue, it is worthy enough to follow up on the next book which you’ll find on store shelves July 19th.

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