Tag Archives: kevin eastman

Nuclear Family banner ad

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin Director’s Cut #1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin Director’s Cut #1

As a kid who grew up in the 1980s and a fair amount into the 90s, I saw where cartoons evolved and newer ones launched making a splash. I grew up in a time when shows like He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe was everywhere and everything to kids. I remembered asking my parents to go to Toys R Us back then to pick up my favorite character’s action figures. This was also true for shows like G.I. Joe and Robotech. They gripped my imagination in ways that they still d. Eventually, those shows faded into memory and newer shows would take their place.

We went from watching shows like those mentioned on Saturdays to watching after school every day. One of my favorites being Gargoyles and the another being Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I found out The Turtles’ stories were much darker in the comics and actually were a precursor for Marvel MAX in so many ways. The creators of these beloved characters return in a story that only they can put together. Now, the hit debut gets a “director’s cut” in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin Director’s Cut #1.

We are taken to the not distant future, where NYC is deeply polluted, and human survival is pretty scarce, where we find Michaelangelo, without his brothers and Master Splinter, who all have died because of some mysterious circumstances. As Michaelangelo makes his way through what used to be his home, the sewers, he is met by fully integrated robotic security, as a man named Oroku Hiroto, the master of The Foot Clan, who now rules what used to be known as New York City. As Michaelangelo dismantles the security every step of the way, he gets closer to Hiroto’s lair, as Hiroto uses every contingency to delay Michaelangelo’s progress. By the issue’s end, before Michaelangelo can get any further, he gets badly injured, by Hiroto’s security, and gets aided by an old friend.

The comic is an expanded first issue. It not only comes with the excellent story but now also features notes about the comic itself. Expanded material features script information, sketches for characters, and rough page layouts. They add to the depth and excitement of the series.

Overall, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin Director’s Cut #1 is a timely yet worthy story added to TMNT’s canon, while this edition, gives fans a peak into the creative teams’ process, and more than elevates the franchise. The story by the creative team is harrowing and powerful. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, probably one of the best books of 2020, and with this edition, gets the Criterion Collection treatment for comic books.

Story:  Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz Script: Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman
Layouts: Kevin Eastman Pencils/inks: Esau Escorza, Isaac Escorza Page 39 art: Ben Bishop
Colors: Luis Antonio Delgado Color Assistance: Samuel Plata Letters: Shawn Lee
Edits: Bobby Curnow Additional Editorial coordination: R.G. Llarena
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.8 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: Zeus Comics

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin Director’s Cut #1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin Director’s Cut #1

(W) Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz (A/CA) Kevin Eastman, Esau Escorza, Issac Escorza
In Shops: Mar 17, 2021
SRP: $10.99

TMNT: The Last Ronin was one of the biggest books of 2020 and now it returns with a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this instant classic! Featuring never-before seen layouts from Eastman, story notes that date back decades, character designs, script pages and more, this is a must have for any TMNT fan who wants to discover the story behind the story!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin Director's Cut #1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2 Delivers IDW’s Highest Comic Print Run Ever

Building on the success of its highly-anticipated first issue, IDW Publishing has announced that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2 has achieved an astounding new milestone: the largest print run for a single comic book in the company’s 22-year history, with over 130,000 copies printed!

Out in comic shops today, The Last Ronin #2, set in a dark possible future for the TMNT, delves deeper into the tragic history of the last surviving Turtle, and delivers one of the most heartrending scenes in TMNT history: the final moments of a beloved character! Longtime TMNT fans and newcomers to the comics alike will not want to miss this new chapter’s twists and turns as The Ronin’s mission of vengeance becomes all the more clear.

In anticipation of a rapid sell-through of issue #2’s first printing, IDW has already committed to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2 Second Printing featuring new cover artwork illustrated by the Escorza brothers. Slated for release on March 31st, the Second Printing is now listed via Diamond for retailer pre-order (Item Code: DEC209476, UPC 82771401991900212).

Three decades in the making, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin is based on an unpublished 1987 story concept by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird; with script by Eastman and Tom Waltz; layouts by Eastman; pencils and inks by Esau EscorzaIsaac Escorza, and Ben Bishop; colors by Luis Antonio Delgado, and letters by Shawn Lee.

The Last Ronin is a five-part comic book miniseries shipping quarterly, with each oversized issue measuring 7” x 11” and 48 pages in length. The high demand for issue #1 has led to multiple printings and over 200,000 copies in the market. A special 64-page Director’s Cut edition will be released on March 17th, including the full story from issue #1 plus bonus content (character designs, script pages, and much more).

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2 (of 5)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2 (of 5)

(W) Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz (A) Kevin Eastman (A/CA) Esau Escorza, Issac Escorza
In Shops: Feb 17, 2021
SRP: $8.99

Secrets are revealed as we begin to discover what happened in the past to lead to this nightmarish future. The Ronin meets an unexpected new ally but the Foot Clan begins an exhaustive sweep of the Bottom to find the vengeful mutant. And what role does Baxter Stockman play?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2 (of 5)

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The IDW Collection Vol. 12

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The IDW Collection Vol. 12

(W) Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Ian Flynn, Sophie Campbell, Ben Bates (A) Dave Watcher, Michael Dialynas, Brahm Revel, Ben Bates (CA) Dan Duncan
In Shops: Feb 10, 2021
SRP: $59.99

Presenting the complete TMNT stories in recommended reading order.

Donatello understands that more is at stake than his brothers realize. In order to prepare for the coming conflict, Don will aim to repair his relationship with his mentor, Harold… and his malicious robotic counterpart, Metalhead! Then, Michelangelo’s deteriorating relationship with his father, Splinter, reaches a point of no return! Will Mikey fight those he loves to save those who need him the most? Plus, multiple sources of conflict collide as the maniacal Agent Bishop goes to war with the alien forces on Earth, driving the Turtles to embrace unsavory alliances and race to stop a massacre. And, everyone’s favorite mutant warthog and rhino are on a road trip back to NYC, but can they make it before they become completely human again?

Collects Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Macro-Series: Michelangelo and Macro-Series: Leonardo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #23-25, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #85-89, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bebop and Rocksteady Hit the Road.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The IDW Collection Vol. 12

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Collection Vol. 5

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Collection Vol. 5

(W) Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird (A) Peter Laird, Jim Lawson (A/CA) Kevin Eastman
In Shops: Feb 03, 2021
SRP: $29.99

A thorough look back at the TMNT’s comic book origins with their first stories plus insightful annotations from co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.

Rediscover the underground roots of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with this special collection of Mirage Studios’ issues #56-62 which includes the conclusion to the epic “City at War” storyline. With 180 pages of mutated martial arts action along with annotations following each issue, this volume is perfect for fans to relive the glorious days of the Turtles’ origins as well as an excellent place for new readers to see where the TMNT phenomenon began.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Collection Vol. 5

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #113

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #113

I think one thing that’s pretty fascinating about TMNT is that the story is kinda blowing my mind. So much of what we see with the Ninja Turtles is a group fighting for survial. That’s been the same from the various cartoons and movies that my kids watch. Right now in the comics we have a variety of mutated individuals in their own community, Mutant Town. They’re pulling together to make life better. And that’s where we are with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #113.

In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #113, the core four plus Jennika are training younger mutants. It all gets crazy when Lita arrives from the future. Lita knows too much of what will transpireand how life will change if changes aren’t made. And there’s still the fact that Rahzar and Tokka are out there on the streets after a botched pick-up from Karai and the gang.

I’m totally digging the look of TMNT. Sophie Campbell’s art rocks on this book. It gives it a look that I feel is a lot like Kevin Eastman’s pencils, visuals that are traditional to the team that created the Ninja Turtles. Ronda Pattinson’s colors are great. I’ve started reading the early IDW issues and while the stories are good, I wasn’t impressed much with the art or colors. I’m glad that we are where we are now. Story-wise, I’m not sure what part of the creative team is more responsible for where the story is heading but I’m liking it a lot.

Right now, I am digging what’s going on in the world of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, at least, I’m digging the publishing side of what IDW is offering. Between this and The Last Ronin mini-series, they are putting out some high-quality stories featuring the TMNT. From this issue and the deluxe editions that I’ve picked up, this isn’t the cartoon and that’s actually a good thing because I feel these stories really do speak to more than just kids.

Story Consulting: Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz Story: Sophie Campbell Art: Sophie Campbell
Colors: Ronda Pattinson Letters: Shawn Lee Editor: Bobby Curnow
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.5

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXologyAmazonKindle

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin Gets a Director’s Cut

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 Director’s Cut

The debut issue of the epic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin is one of the biggest comic events of 2020 with more than 180,000 copies in print! IDW Publishing is releasing a special behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this instant classic with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 Director’s Cut, due to hit stores in March 2021.

Featuring never-before seen layouts from Kevin Eastman, story notes that date back decades, character designs, script pages, and much more, the Director’s Cut delves deep into the lore of The Last Ronin’s future New York City, where a lone surviving Turtle goes on a seemingly hopeless mission to obtain justice for his fallen family and friends. This 64-page special issue is a must-have for any TMNT aficionado who wants to discover the story behind the story!

Originally an unpublished 1987 story concept from the minds of TMNT co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter LairdThe Last Ronin took shape as a comic book miniseries in 2020 with a script by Tom Waltz; layouts by Eastman; pencils and inks by Esau EscorzaIsaac Escorza, and Ben Bishop; and colors by Luis Antonio Delgado.

In addition to the news of issue #1’s Director’s Cut, IDW is announcing the revised on-sale date for the next eagerly-awaited chapter of TMNT: The Last Ronin. Issue #2 will be available on February 17th, with a story that reveals more dark secrets of The Ronin’s past and sets him on a path alongside an unexpected new ally.

Preview: King-Size Conan #1

King-Size Conan #1

(W) Richard Thomas, Kurt Busiek, Chris Claremont, Kevin Eastman, Steven S. DeKnight (A) Steve McNiven, Pete Woods, Roberto de la Torre, Kevin Eastman, Jesus Saiz (CA) Andrew Robinson
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $6.99

BY CROM, YOU’VE NEVER SEEN A CELEBRATION LIKE THIS – MARKING 50 YEARS OF CONAN THE BARBARIAN IN COMICS!

Revelations, surprises and savage action prevail in the all-new KING-SIZE CONAN! In 1970, Roy Thomas brought CONAN THE BARBARIAN, a creation of author Robert E. Howard, to Marvel Comics. With art by the incomparable Barry Windsor-Smith, CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1 introduced the Hyborian Age to a whole new audience, paving the way for decades of comics and Conan’s conquest of pop culture.

Now get ready to celebrate 50 years of CONAN with an oversize special spanning the breadth of Conan’s life and times by the most dazzling array of creative talent ever assembled in one book to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth!
Experience Roy Thomas and Steve McNiven’s all-new prelude to that original story from 1970!

Thrill to a tale of revenge by Kevin Eastman (co-creator, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), writing and drawing his FIRST Marvel story!

Chris Claremont and Roberto de la Torre team up to unveil a turning point in Conan’s career as a mercenary!
Kurt Busiek and Pete Woods recount an early brush with sorcerous forces that will shape Conan’s destiny!
Conan and Bêlit sail together again for the first time since the 2019 relaunch, with Jes s Saiz illustrating the Marvel Comics maiden voyage of Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s DAREDEVIL writer/director/showrunner)!

The perfect introduction for new fans, and an essential adventure for die-hards, this is the can’t-miss CONAN comic of the decade!

King-Size Conan #1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1’s Second Printing Gets a 50,000 Print Run

With more than 37,000 current preorders and climbing, IDW Publishing has announced that high anticipation for the second printing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 has necessitated a whopping 50,000-unit print run — the largest reprint quantity in the company’s history since their debut 20 years ago! Longtime TMNT readers and curious newcomers are invited to visit their local comic book shops tomorrow, December 2nd, to snag a copy of this comic book milestone!

An epic miniseries three decades in the making from the minds of TMNT co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter LairdTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin takes place in a future New York City far different from the one we know today, where a lone surviving Turtle goes on a seemingly hopeless mission to obtain justice for his fallen family and friends. The debut issue hit stands on October 28th, immediately selling out and prompting a new printing that features a re-colored cover by Eastman, Esau Escorza, and Isaac Escorza.

The Last Ronin is based on an unpublished 1987 story concept by Eastman and Laird, with script by Tom Waltz, layouts by Eastman, pencils and inks by Esau and Isaac Escorza, colors by Luis Antonio Delgado, letters by Shawn Lee, and edits by Bobby Curnow. The series will run for five issues, with each issue oversized at 7” x 11” and 48 pages in length.

Fans eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the TMNT: The Last Ronin storyline will be looking forward to the January 27th release date of issue #2! Secrets of this dark future will be revealed as The Ronin meets an unexpected new ally and the Foot Clan attempts to thwart his mission of vengeance.

« Older Entries