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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

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

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Purchase: comiXology/KindleZeus Comics

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s The Last Ronin Gets an Ultimate Figure

The Last Ronin, a story focused on the last Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, is a hit comic and it’s getting a figure from NECA available to order now.

In a future NYC far different than the one we know today, a lone surviving Turtle goes on a seemingly hopeless mission to obtain justice for his fallen family and friends. This armored version of The Last Ronin action figure is authentic to the comic book depiction and stands in 7-Inch scale. Includes goggles, grappling hook, tonfa, smoke bomb, sai, katana, bo staff, nunchucks, and interchangeable head and hands. Comes in collector-friendly window box packaging with opening flap featuring a custom illustration.

Pre-order the figure now!

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