WonderCon@Home 2021: ‘The Last Ronin’, ‘Jennika’, And ‘Armageddon Game’

by Gary Catig

During WonderCon@Home, IDW hosted a panel to explore the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe. Present were panelists, Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, and Brahm Revel and moderator, John Barber. They discussed some of the current TMNT series and teased a little bit of what’s to come in the future.

One of the publisher’s biggest hits is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin. In the latest issue, they revealed the identity of which turtle is the titular character. Not to spoil it here, but the series as a whole is the Dark Knight Returns equivalent for the franchise. The loss and trauma the last ronin experiences is similar to that of an idealistic young soldier returning home from a great war. Now he’s out for justice and revenge for his lost family. Writing him in this event has caused Eastman to rediscover the character again.

Revel is in the middle of his run on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Jennika II. He is expanding on what he did on the first miniseries following the female member of the Turtles in Mutant Town and being a leader there. She’s had a complicated past from being a member of The Foot to acting as Splinter’s right-hand man to now becoming an adopted sister of the crew. Revel wanted to show Jennika being vulnerable again and being tempted by her old relationships.

On the horizon, Waltz will be writing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2021. The issue will lead to something bigger that he’s been planning with mainline creator, Sophie Campbell. There were some dangling plotlines that were left unresolved at the end of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100 and the Pantheon Family will play a large part. Even elements from Jennika II inspired the direction.

Waltz wanted to do his own event series a la Scott Snyder and Jonathan Hickman and this year’s annual will serve as the prelude to it. The event will be entitled ‘Armageddon Game’ and the annual issue will be released this June.

What an exciting new event for fans to enjoy and an excellent way to partially spend your summer reading the upcoming adventures of your favorite ninja turtles.

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