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Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin – Lost Years #1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin – Lost Years #1

(W) Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz (A) Ben Bishop (A/CA) SL Gallant
In Shops: Jan 25, 2023
SRP: $4.99

In the smash-hit miniseries TMNT: The Last Ronin, readers witnessed the final gut-wrenching days of the Heroes in a Half Shell. For Michelangelo in particular, the march to his heartbreaking last battle was long and dangerous, taking him from New York City, to Japan, across Asia and Europe, and then back home again to administer final justice against those guilty of killing his family. But what happened during those fateful years when he had only the need for vengeance and Master Splinter’s journal to guide him? What battles did he fight? What hard lessons did he learn? The time has come to find out as original miniseries writers Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz join artist Ben Bishop to reveal what adventures the Last Ronin experienced during his vengeful journey. While in the present, a new master, Casey Marie Jones, prepares her young terrapin students to be the next generation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin - Lost Years #1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin—The Covers Hardcover Announced for June

Relive the gritty realism and explosive action of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin—one of the greatest TMNT stories of all time—through the iconic covers that helped make it an instant classic! IDW Publishing has announced the June 2023 release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin—The Covers, a 200-page, full-color hardcover serving as a comprehensive showcase of each and every cover variant over the span of the series.

Featuring an all-new cover by Last Ronin series co-artist Ben Bishop, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin—The Covers features artwork from an all-star lineup of top-tier talent, including TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, Last Ronin co-artists Esau & Isaac Escorza and the aforementioned Ben Bishop, and comic industry superstars including Mateus Santolouco, Sophie Campbell, Freddie E. Williams II, Rick and Morty’s Justin Roiland, Peach Momoko, Tyler Kirkham, John Giang, Amanda Conner, Rob Liefeld, Simon Bisley, Stan Sakai, and many more!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin—The Covers
by Kevin Eastman, Ben Bishop, Esau & Isaac Escorza, and more
ISBN: 978-1-68405-997-3
$34.99 US / $45.99 CAN
200-Page, Full-Color Hardcover, 7″ x 10.875
On Sale: June 13, 2023

Springing from a lost 1987 storyline by TMNT co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, The Last Ronin tells the story of a sole, shrouded Turtle in a dark possible future, undertaking a seemingly hopeless mission to obtain justice for his fallen family and friends. The kinetic layouts from Eastman, atmospheric illustrations from Esau & Isaac Escorza and Ben Bishop, thrilling script from longtime TMNT scribe Tom Waltz, and bold hues from colorist Luis Antonio Delgado instantly resonated with fans and critics alike.

Debuting in October 2020 as a quarterly periodical in a prestigious oversize format, The Last Ronin took the comic world by storm, eventually leading to over 840,000 units of the individual comic books in print, coveted New York Times best seller status with over 125,000 collections sold, and adaptations to action figures and statues. The story of The Last Ronin expands in 2023 with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin—Lost Years, a miniseries straddling Michelangelo’s past as a lone wanderer and the future where four new turtles will grow up in his shadow.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin—The Covers

SDCC 2022: Discover the Lost Years of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Last Ronin

With over 840,000 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin issues in print and the newly released hardcover collection currently flying off shelves, IDW Publishing in partnership with Paramount Consumer Products have announced a follow-up to the popular comic book miniseries and graphic novel collection, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin–The Lost Years, debuting in November 2022. Written by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and series veteran Tom Waltz and illustrated by SL Gallant and returning artist Ben BishopLost Years digs deeper into the world of the Ronin-verse, adding breadth and scope to one of TMNT’s most ravenously devoured, widely beloved, and critically acclaimed entries of all time.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin—The Lost Years #1 will be available in stores with three cover variants for fans and retailers to enjoy, including Cover A by Kevin Eastman and Ben Bishop, Cover B by SL Gallant, and a retailer incentive edition by Mike Deodato.

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #5

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #5

After a rather extended wait, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #5 is finally here wrapping up the anticipated miniseries. The issue delivers a lot of action, wrapping things nicely, though in a rather predictable fashion. Will Michelangelo get revenge for the death of his family? Will the rebellion succeed?

The previous issue left us with a major blow against the fascist government and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #5 kicks things off with the next steps and the anarchy that has spread due to the lack of power and lack of law enforcement. It’s not quite the rally the people feel I was expecting which has the comic delivering at least one surprise. It also helps add to the rather chaotic story that shows how unprepared the resistance was to deal with their oppressors.

The comic really bounces between three plots. There’s April who attempts to save her home from flooding due to the lack of power. There’s her daughter who bounces around not quite knowing what to do. Finally, there’s the Last Ronin seeking his revenge.

The first two plots feel like filler in some way. It gives each of these characters something to do and explains why they don’t help Mikey in his battle. That final battle is satisfying at times with some interesting twists though a few that feel familiar and been there in other stories. The conclusion too is a little predictable where things end. Overall, it’s a final piece of the story that wraps things up in a somewhat ok fashion.

That ok fashion extends to the art which lacks some of the flair and excitement from the previous issues. There’s a lot of action but much feels like odd poses and none of which is memorable. It feel rather anticlimactic in some ways. None of it is bad but there’s an excitement that just lacks at times. Cool moments don’t really come off as such instead just delivering beats and never really taking advantage to build up to anything. The exhaustion and difficulty of the battle is told more than shown leaving things disconnected between the visuals and dialogue.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #5 isn’t a bad finale but it also doesn’t quite have the punch that’s expected. For a series that has been so good, it’s a little bit of a letdown. It does deliver a rather touching final moment but beyond that, this went from a series that was one of the best TMNT stories to just another miniseries that doesn’t stick the landing.

Story: Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz Script: Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz
Layouts: Kevin Eastman Pencils/Inks: Esau and Isaac Escorza, Ben Bishop, Kevin Eastman
Color Assistance: Samuel Plata Color: Luis Antonio Delgado, Ronda Pattison Letterer: Shawn Lee
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #5 (of 5)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #5 (of 5)

(W) Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz (A) Ben Bishop (A/CA) Kevin Eastman, Esau Escorza, Issac Escorza
In Shops: Apr 27, 2022
SRP: $8.99

The jaw-dropping finale to the biggest TMNT story ever is here! One final showdown between mutant and Foot Clan will determine the fate of NYC. Will the Ronin be able to find some measure of peace or is he fated to meet the same end as his brothers? Don’t miss one of the most epic battles in TMNT history and the conclusion to the comic book event of the year!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #5 (of 5)

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4 (of 5)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4 (of 5)

(W) Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz (A) Ben Bishop (A/CA) Kevin Eastman, Esau Escorza, Issac Escorza
In Shops: Sep 22, 2021
SRP: $8.99

With a few key allies, the Ronin takes on the greatest risk yet to infiltrate Baxter Stockman’s tech island! What happened many years ago to set the Ronin on this quest for vengeance? Find out in this action-packed penultimate issue!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4 (of 5)

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4 (of 5)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4 (of 5)

(W) Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz (A) Ben Bishop (A/CA) Kevin Eastman, Esau Escorza, Issac Escorza
In Shops: Sep 22, 2021
SRP: $8.99

With a few key allies, the Ronin takes on the greatest risk yet to infiltrate Baxter Stockman’s tech island! What happened many years ago to set the Ronin on this quest for vengeance? Find out in this action-packed penultimate issue!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4 (of 5)

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #3 (of 5)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #3 (of 5)

(W) Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz (A) Ben Bishop (A/CA) Kevin Eastman, Esau Escorza, Issac Escorza
In Shops: July 28, 2021
SRP: $8.99

Unexpected allies from the past reveal a possible path to salvation! As the Foot Clan sweeps NYC for the rogue Ronin, a final desperate plan in the name of vengeance is made! Spanning decades, this issue’s action and intrigue will set up the astounding final issues!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #3 (of 5)

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 13

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 13

(W) Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Mateus Santalouco (A) Dave Watcher, Michael Dialynas, Mateus Santalouco, Ben Bishop (CA) Dan Duncan
In Shops: Jul 21, 2021
SRP: $59.99

It’s all been leading up to this! A massive showdown on the streets of New York City! As New York gets torn apart by different factions, mutant and human alike, Karai returns and the future of the TMNT, in fact all of NYC, comes down to a final negotiation between Splinter and Karai. It’s the shocking culmination of nearly a decade of storytelling as our heroes face their darkest hour against a multitude of enemies bent on their total destruction. Find out how a City at War will change the world forever! Plus, abandon all hope… as the most infamous villain in the Turtles’ universe, Shredder, returns!

Collects Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #90-100 as well as the 2019 Free Comic Book Day issue, Macro-Series: Raphael, and the Shredder In Hell mini-series.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 13

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #3

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #3

What the hell happened to the Turtles and their allies? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #3 takes us into the past as April recounts the history and battle that left so many dead or wounded. It’s an interesting issue that in itself opens up even more questions about what’s presented. But, even so, it’s an engaging issue that answers questions and gets readers pumped for what’s to come.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #3 is a fascinating issue as it balances the past, present, and future. It does a fantastic job of devoting enough pages to each. The issue feels like a rarity that a story really delivers that perfect balance. It also brilliantly teases what was and what’s to come. We learn about the betrayal that led to the downfall of the Turtles and the control of the Clan. Through that, we’re presented with epic battles, last stands, and lots of tragedy. You can envision the animated sequences that would play out on the screen. It’s a hell of an issue that takes us through a tragic moment in the Turtles’ history. As a reader, you find yourself yelling at the page knowing what’s to come.

The art of the story is fantastic as usual. The amount of detail that builds the world is amazing. Each character is so unique. Each setting tells a story. The amount of weariness on so many is shown through every scar. The issue also throws back to the classic style of the TMNT comics in an unexpected twist that reminds us that the team behind the phenomenon is a part of this all. The visuals presented have epic all about them with scenes that feel like they should be on the big screen.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #3 is a hell of an issue. It shows us the Turtles that were, the Turtle that is, and the battle that is to come. It’s a comic that celebrates what was, is, and will be. There’s an epic nature about the issue that has to be experienced to really understand. This is a comic that’s pure love for the Turtle fans.

Story: Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz Script: Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman
Layouts: Kevin Eastman Pencils: Esau Escorza, Isaac Escorza, Ben Bishop, Kevin Eastman
Ink: Esau Escorza, Isaac Escorza, Ben Bishop, Kevin Eastman
Color Assistance: Samuel Plata Color: Luis Antonio Delgado Letterer: Shawn Lee
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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