IDW’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin’ #5 Ends In April

by Olly MacNamee

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #5, hits stores on April 27th, concluding the fan-favourite miniseries from IDW.

“Springing from a lost 1987 storyline by TMNT co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, The Last Ronin tells the story of a lone surviving Turtle in a dark possible future, undertaking a seemingly hopeless mission to obtain justice for his fallen family and friends. Released quarterly in a prestige oversized format since the first issue debuted in October 2020, The Last Ronin has taken the comic world by storm, building tension for fans as they await the answer to the ultimate question: Will the Ronin be able to find some measure of peace…or is he fated to meet the same end as his brothers?”

But, it doesn’t end there.

Springing from this series will be the next big TMNT epic, ‘The Armageddon Game’ starting in the Free Comic Book Day TMNT comic book coming out May 7th and then launching properly in June’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Opening Moves #1. coming from writers Tom Waltz and Sophie Campbell.

Co-creator Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #5 reflects on the series, over three decades in the making:

“Thirty-five years in the making, The Last Ronin is everything I dreamed it could be and more. For the creative team, I feel the epic task of bringing this story to life has truly been our Mount Everest, and with the summit in sight, we sincerely wish to thank all the friends and fans who brought the love and support needed so we could bring this adventure all the way home. From my original partner on this journey, the brilliant Peter Laird, to the unparalleled skills of Tom Waltz, the incredibly gifted Esau and Isaac Escorza, Ben Bishop, and Luis Antonio Delgado, as well as the rock-solid IDW backbone and Nickelodeon commitment to make sure we had the time to get it right, we’ve given it our best shot, and I could not be prouder of everyone involved.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #5 will be available with two cover variants for retailers and fans.

“Being invited to be a part of The Last Ronin has, by far, been one of the most exciting creative experiences that I have ever had, both during my long run on TMNT at IDW and in my overall writing career,” says Waltz. “Everyone helping to bring this project together has been amazing, including so many unsung heroes working their shells off behind the scenes. I couldn’t be more thankful to all of them, nor more appreciative of Kevin and Peter for allowing me to add my own personal mark to this particular TMNT tale that they laid the foundation for decades ago. It’s been a humbling experience, and I fully plan to take everything I’ve learned about epic storytelling and incorporate it into my own opus of sorts, TMNT: The Armageddon Game… Coming soon!”

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