Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Usagi Yojimbo: Expanded Edition

June 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Reads) ()

tmntTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Usagi Yojimbo: Expanded Edition by Stan Sakai


I was unaware that this crossover event had happened. I wasn’t surprised, partly because this isn’t the first time that the turtles have crossed into Usagi’s timeline, and partly because I don’t follow the individual issues of Usagi. Once I saw it was available, though, it was a no-brainer that I would read it; I have 35 collections on my shelf to prove it.

This isn’t the tightest Usagi story, partly because it’s so short. What I like about the collections is the way they string stories together into an overarching story, and that’s missing in this crossover. We do get throwbacks to one of the major stories that has played a part in the series over the last several collections, which is nice, but I feel like I could have skipped this issue all together and not missed anything. Which, on the other hand, is probably what Sakai intended with the crossover — to bring something new to the constant readers without alienating readers who missed it.

Still, this is Stan Sakai, and the story has all the charm and history one expects from his stories. I think Usagi fans will get more out of this issue than Turtles fans will, since it’s all Sakai’s style. This is the expanded edition of the issue, which includes other crossover stories that have appeared before (in some cases, even in the collections), which is nice. It still clocks in under 75 pages, though, so anyone looking for a more solid Usagi story might want to look elsewhere. It’s more Yokai than Grasscutter.

Started: May 12, 2018
Finished: May 12, 2018

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