Yep. I had the same reaction. Someone (IDW) decided to tie X-Files and TMNT in together and see what happens. Like radishes and lobster, this is a combination you won’t soon forget. (Radishes and lobster is trademarked, btw – I invented it.)
This IDW comic, created by Ed Brisson (story) and Michael Walsh (art), is a bit all over the place. That’s not to say you won’t love it – many of you will – but the actual concept of the Lone Gunmen from The X-Files teaming up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will likely only attract readers who will love this comic. What I’m saying with a good deal of diplomacy is that X-Files freaks and TMNT mutants will love this comic; the rest of the world will likely be a little uncomfortable that the comic exists at all.
What’s it all about? Minor spoilers to follow.
So, the turtles are in hiding up in Massachusetts following an attempted brainwashing of Leo by the Foot Clan. They’re recovering amid the fresh air and stuff or whatever. Meanwhile, the Lone Gunmen (The weirdo comic relief guys that were all paranoid and stuff that even Mulder made fun of?) have devolved into a slightly creepy version of the Scooby Doo gang and have in their hands an “authentic” newspaper from the future which talks about a virus that will kill the world. Also, they have indications of aliens and vampires which come out during a full moon (because, of course, the vampires think they’re werewolves). Oh, and their mystery also resides in Massachusetts.
Anyway, turns out the baddies, led by a flash from the actual X-files past [I won’t say who. (Hint: OCD)], the Turtles, and the Lone Gunmen all get dragged into the same mess. Upon extraction of said mess, we are at the cliffhanger: who starts the virus? Are the turtles the key to saving humanity? Are the vampires at the center of all of this?
For those of you who love TMNT and X-Files so much that the idea makes you break out into mutant chills of pizza and alien happiness, you’ll love this and be so excited for the next issue. For those of you who, like me, enjoy TMNT and X-Files but aren’t, like, in love with both . . . the comic is fine.
So, that’s my review: it’s fine. Will I buy the 2nd issue? Maybe . . . depends on what else is on sale that week. Did I enjoy it? Yep. Will crazy TMNT/X-Files fans eat this up? ABSOLUTELY. And, that’s what this comic was created for anyway. Mission accomplished.