Graphic Novel Review: The Last Ronin by Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, & Tom Waltz

July 2, 2024

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The Last Ronin by Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, and Tom Waltz is a miniseries featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This graphic novel collects all the issues into one volume.

  • 224 pages
  • Publisher ‏ : IDW Publishing
  • Language ‏ : English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : 1684058414

Graphic Novel Review: The Last Ronin by Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, & Tom Waltz
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Thoughts:

This graphic novel caught my eye because of the cover. I have never read a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles graphic novel before. I do, of course, know all about TMNT and have watched a few of the cartoons and several of the movies.

This graphic novel walks a fine line between telling a mature story with ridiculous characters and telling a dark story geared toward adults. On that aspect, I feel that the creators have succeeded, the graphic novel feels gritty, with a sense of the unknown in every page.

The story, I felt, was a bit confusing, I’m not a TMNT fan and this is an Elseworlds-type tale so it’s not because I didn’t follow years of storylines.

The art, as magnificent as it was, didn’t drive the story forward as much as I usually like in a graphic novel. Paragraphs of text could have been saved with the help of one or two panels. Esau Escorza, Isaac Escorza, and Ben Bishop are award-worthy. It looks both familiar and fresh, I honestly can’t put my finger on it but I enjoyed it very much. The action is fluid, and one can tell they’re in New York City right off the bat.

I can tell the influence the great Jack Kirby and Frank Miller had on the creative team. The book has a feeling of a Daredevil / Dark Knight Returns amalgam.
And frankly, it works!

Despite all the great things about The Last Ronin by Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, and Tom Waltz I felt that the story was uneven. Some of the sections were fantastic, others seemed like an unfinished concept.

Synopsis:

New York City, in a post-apocalyptic future, is ruled by Shredder’s grandson (son of Karai), Oroku Hiroto. The city is a hive of fascism and violence. Michelangelo, a lone Ninja Turtle, is blaming Hiroto for the death of his brothers.

Michelangelo attempts to crash Hiroto’s headquarters, but his haunted by his dead brothers. With the help of a few citizens, including an older April Jones.

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