Review – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1

Something special from the world of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This is the first issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin from IDW Publishing.

It’s the TMNT event of 2020! Springing from the minds of TMNT co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird comes an epic like you’ve never seen before! 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. Kinetic layouts from Eastman, inks from Esau and Isaac Escorza and a thrilling script full of surprises from longtime TMNT scribe Tom Waltz all combine to make this one of the most memorable TMNT stories you will ever read!

Oversized in both format and page count, this is a perennial TMNT tale that can’t be missed!

Kevin Eastman (Author, Artist, Cover Artist) Peter Laird (Author) Tom Waltz (Author) Andy Kuhn (Artist, Cover Artist)

First things first – there is a whole host of excellent covers available for this new series.

This is a dark and gritty story. Based in the future where the grandson of Shredder rules the city.
A mutant turtle, the last one, makes his attack on the citadel and this is his story.

On the face of it, this is a clean story, the Turtle (no spoilers as to who) is attacking the Foot Clan fortress and there are many things in his way. Foot cyborgs, upgraded mousers and more. This part of it is all action and well laid out. There is a lot of good scenes going through the city.

In the background though is the running commentary. Not only do we have the Turtles thoughts on the matters at hand, and what went before, but we also get his conversations and advice from the ghosts of the past. It’s well done and pretty sad too.

The art is perfect for this story – dark colouring and well laid out panels. The city opens and closes in perfect unison to the action going on.

There are some spoilers at the end – a return of an old face and the identity of the Turtle in question – see if you guess right as you read through!

You can get Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 from IDW Publishing digitally on Amazon/ComiXology.

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