Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reveals Identity of the Last Ronin

Today is an exciting day for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans. The Last Ronin #1, the first collaboration between TMNT creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in 25 years, hits stores. Announced almost a year ago in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100, the new story occurs in a dark and gritty future where only one of the Turtles is still alive. IDW publishing and the creators have kept the identity of this last ronin a secret. The first issue of the series finally reveals which of the Turtles is the last one standing. SPOILERS for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 by Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Esau Escorza, and Isaac Escorza follow.

Almost the entirety of The Last Ronin's first issue focuses on the title character's attempt to infiltrate Manhattan Island. One on the island, he seeks to enter the Foot Clan's compound and attack their new leader, Shredder's grandson, Oroku Hiroto. Though we don't get any details of how it happens, the issue implies that Hiroto is responsible for the deaths of Splinter and the other Turtles and the Last Ronin's exile.

Things do not go as planned. The last ronin fails his mission and commits himself to commit seppuku. Before he bleeds out, a kid names Jones finds him in the sewer. The last ronin passes out. When he wakes up, he's in a bed, and April O'Neill is watching over him. And April has known the Turtles long enough to recognize The Last Ronin as Michelangelo.

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That's where the issue ends, but you can assume Mikey and April have a lot to discuss. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 is on sale now.

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1
  • JUN200557
  • (W) Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz (A/CA) Kevin Eastman, Esau Escorza, Issac Escorza
  • 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!"
  • In Shops: Oct 28, 2020
  • SRP: $8.99