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Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin Design Archive #1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin Design Archive #1

Written by Kevin B. Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz
Art by Kevin B. Eastman

Never-before-seen behind the scenes artwork and design notes from TMNT: The Last Ronin #2 and #3—pulled straight from the mind of TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and poured unfiltered onto the page! Cyborg ninjas, a transformed skyline, formidable ocean walls… you’ve visited the New York City of TMNT: The Last Ronin—now take a deep dive into what went into building the terrifying dystopia of the hottest comic of 2021! Go one step beyond the Director’s Cut—every page of this deluxe edition is all-new, packed with never-before-printed material providing an unprecedented look behind the curtain of an unprecedented comic book event! Prove to your grandkids that you were here when it happened!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin Design Archive #1

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)

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4

It feels like a long amount of time has passed since the previous issue but Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4 throws you right into the mix with a trio of stories all packed into a single issue. It’s one that is filled with emotion, action, and a little bit of hope.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4 is broken up into three different segments. In the present, Mike and his allies are in a full assault against Stockman in hopes of getting the upper hand against Hiroto. It’s the desperate battle we’ve seen so many times before in other stories but it works and works well. What Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman deliver in their script is desperation but a lot of hope. Things look grim and like the heroes will lose but it’s done in a way that you’re convinced it won’t happen. There’s a glimmer of success within. It keeps the issue from being a complete downer because…

The issue also gives us the fate of Splinter and Donatello. Talking to April, Mike recounts his trip to try to find his Master and brother and what he discovered about their fates. It’s a sad moment that’s full of expected tragedy. While it’s sad to see the death of these two, how it’s delivered is done so in an epic manner that feels befitting.

The final piece of the comic focuses on Casey as we learn a little bit more about April and Casey Jones’ daughter. There’s some interesting revelations with the character that adds to her and opens up some possibilities for how she’ll fit into the future story. Beyond that, her interaction with Mikey is fantastic taking what used to be the “jokey” Turtle and turning him into an adult in many ways.

The art and color of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4 is intriguing. There’s varying styles depending on when the story takes place creating distinct chapters visually. Kevin Eastman‘s layouts with Esau and Isaac Escorza‘s pencils and inks look fantastic. With color by Luis Antonio Delgado and lettering by Shawn Lee, the issue takes us through the history of TMNT with its styles and look. There’s moments that feel modern and others that are a throwback to the early days of the original series.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4 a chapter that feels desperate but never feels depressing. There’s a lot of action and a lot of loss but it never quite hits you emotionally, because the issue keeps things focused on the living and the future. Through all of it, it focuses on the hope of success and what’s next making sure to remind readers this is but a chapter in the greater story.

Story: Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz Script: Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman
Layouts: Kevin Eastman Pencils: Esau & Isaac Escorza Ink: Esau & Isaac Escorza
Color: Luis Antonio Delgado Letterer: Shawn Lee
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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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)

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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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: May 26, 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)

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #3

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Black Friday #2 (Scout Comics/Black Caravan) – Something is trying to come up through the floor. An evil has festered due to the violence of previous Black Fridays and the staff of Star-Mart will need to survive what’s coming. Fantastic horror and a must for fans of the genre.

Black Widow #7 (Marvel) – The series has been amazing so far with a great mix of everything. The writing is top-notch, the action entertaining, and the art is amazing. One of Marvel’s best series out now.

The Blue Flame #1 (Vault Comics) – A new take on the superhero genre. The Blue Flame must prove humanity is worth saving before a universal trial but the hero must save himself first.

Made in Korea #1 (Image Comics) – A series that explores the concept of artificial intelligence. Check out our glowing review.

Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #1 (DC Comics) – Spinning out of Future State, this is the story of how Shilo Norman became Mister Miracle.

The Other History of the DC Universe #4 (DC Comics) – John Ridley turns his exploration into the DC Universe towards Renee Montoya.

Redshift #1 (Scout Comics) – The Ministry of Exploration pins mankind’s last hope on an astronaut who’s scared of space. It’s a tale of survival for all.

Reptil #1 (Marvel) – Not a character we expected to get the spotlight but we’re intrigued to see what’s done here.

Robin #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue was a lot of fun. There was a solid mix of humor and action and the second issue is just as fun. So much added to Damian as far as depth of the character already.

Shadow Doctor #4 (AfterShock) – The amazing true story about a Black doctor in the 1930s who had to turn to his friend Al Capone to help fund his business.

Shadowman #2 (Valiant Entertainment) – The first issue was fantastic and a great reintroduction to the character. The debut got universal praise from our team and we’re all excited to see where the series goes from there.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #3 (IDW Publishing) – We’ve been eagerly waiting for the issue as the series has been delivering entertainment with each release. It’s a familiar grizzled take but the setting and story itself really stands out with really unique elements.

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


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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
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