We all love crossovers, especially something nostalgic. As a child, I was huge into both Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters. I still am a big Ghostbusters fanboy, and TMNT has a soft spot in my heart. Both ongoing series from IDW have my money. In Fall 2014, something fun happened. Tom Waltz was editing Ghostbusters and co-writing TMNT. Why not take advantage of how familiar he was with both books to write a mini-series merging the two?
The key to a good crossover is that it fits into the bigger pictures. Both series flourish because they don’t stray from the iconic previous incarnations. A good crossover enhances both continuities while telling it’s own story.
TMNT had previously introduced dimensional travel thanks to Krang and his Dimension X invasion plans. The Turtles started playing with that tech led to them popping into a universe that is more about ghosts than mutant ninjas. They also brought the antagonist, Chi-You. He added to the ongoing sub-story of the Pantheon, and it delved into the plans for the mortals that had lasted for centuries. The GB provided the dimension where Chi-You would emerge again and declare war. They also brought the tech to nab a god who was now mostly ecto-biology.
The real fun came from seeing how everyone gels together. Donatello and Egon/Ray merging scientific minds with excitement for the circumstances. Leonardo and Winston bonding, due to Leo’s honorable warrior code meshing with Winston’s Marine Corp training. Yes, that’s canon. Winston is a Marine. Michelangelo, of course, just plan finding the fun in any situation.
And in the end, did the crossover matter? Yes, it did. The TMNT leaving the Busters with dimensional transporter tech has led multiple GB stories. It has added a whole new layer to the ongoing stories. For the TMNT, the ninja crew has taken the Pantheon seriously after their first direct battle. The stories, since then, reflect what it could mean for the Mortal Races. These Gods could take their game from a quiet manipulation level to proper battle.
Give it a read. At four issues, it’s a good introduction to both franchises without requiring a lot of time to read. If you like the way the characters are represented, you know to try the main books. If you hate it, tell me why my review isn’t aligned with your opinion of the book. But hey, at least it isn’t Jem/Rainbow Brite.