Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1

Writer: Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz Artist: Kevin Eastman, Esau Escorza, Issac Escorza Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: October 28, 2020 Cover Price: $8.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 33
9.3Critic Rating
9.4User Rating

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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!"

  • 10
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Oct 27, 2020

    'The Last Ronin' is a dream come true for Ninja Turtles fans. It feels like the culmination of the original run of the series, and then some. It's absolutely a must-read for anyone who loves these characters and their world. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Nov 8, 2020

    I absolutely loved this issue. I have been a fan of the turtles since I was a kid, and to see such a fantastic story being produced in 2020 about my childhood heroes, it's a tremendous feeling. The Last Ronin is a dark, twisting path for the last of the legendary heroes in a half shell, and it's one I am all in for. One of the best releases of 2020, hands down. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Lucas Fashina Oct 16, 2020

    Featuring some terrific visuals, fluid panels, and a cast of interesting characters, highlighted by a terrifying background. The Last Ronin would have been can be called a gem in the rough, if only it did not have so much hype around it. If does not waste any time trying to build momentum preferring to dive in on the action, and world build at the same time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Oct 16, 2020

    In the ways that Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns provided Batman with a sense of closure through taking readers through the Batman's final story (later sequels notwithstanding), so too do we see Eastman, Laird, and their fellow creators look to offer a comparable finale for their decades-long creations. Read Full Review

  • 10
    COMICON - Brendan M. Allen Oct 29, 2020

    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! Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    The Comicbook Dispatch - PlasticFrank May 2, 2021

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 is highly recommended for fans of the comic medium. Issue #2 is already out. #3 will be out at the end of May. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Brandon Masters Oct 28, 2020

    Despite the fact that this is solidly set in the future of the current run of IDW comics, you dont need to have read a single issue to understand The Last Ronin. Frankly, any fan of the recent Old Person ___ comics need to check out this comic, as does any Turtle fan. The fact that Eastman and Laird have come back to work on this together alone is a great reason to read this book, honestly. The fact that it has delivered so far is icing on the cake. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Oct 19, 2020

    I was super excited to read TMNT: The Last Ronin #1, but was trying not to get too hyped. Luckily, from the opening pages, The Last Ronin #1 is a fantastic start to this 5-issue mini-series. If you are a fan of the Mirage days of TMNT then you will feel right at home. If you are not as familiar it may take some adjusting, but any TMNT fan can pick this up and enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Mike Eakins Oct 27, 2020

    To be a true warrior one must know when to crouch, when to leap, and when to stand firm The Last Ronin. These teachings stick with The Last Ronin just as much as the guilt he carries. Regardless of who The Last Ronin is, we cant ignore the path our hero has traveled and the pain theyve felt in their journey. For TMNT fans this has been a long time coming to see Laird and Eastman back together again. They have surrounded themselves with an all-star team that shares their passion for TMNT storytelling and the end product is nothing short of amazing. Frank Miller has The Dark Knight Returns and now Laird, Eastman, and Waltz have The Last Ronin. This is going to be one hell of a story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Oct 29, 2020

    The Last Ronin #1 is a fascinating, great start to this long gestating story. While it might not be quite the Eastman/Laird reunion it's billed as, there is raw energy to it that hearkens back to the Mirage days. However, there is also a noticeable level of skill and refinement thanks to the book's other collaborators " from the Escorzas to co-writer Tom Waltz " that makes this book work so good. If (and that's a big if) the remaining issues are able to maintain this level of quality, this just might be the best Ninja Turtles comic ever created. If you consider how great IDW's ongoing TMNT series is, that's quite a feat. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Carlos R. Oct 28, 2020

    This book is awesome, if you’re a fan of the TMNT you probably already have this on your pull list, and you won’t regret it! If you’re still not aboard the cowabunga train, I still say pick it up, this story has such an emotional core and deserves to be read. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manuel Gomez Oct 16, 2020

    The Last Ronin #1 by Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz, Esau & Isaac Escorza, Luis Antonio Delgado and Shawn Lee is a must-read for both new and old TMNT fans Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Josh Rathbun Oct 28, 2020

    Point blank reaction: I enjoyed the hell out of this book. Ive started reading through IDW Publishings TMNT books and while I havent read it all, The Last Ronin reads like one hell of a sendoff. I do wonder how hard this will be to actually get. Word is the print run was cut short and some shops think their full orders wont be filled. There are also around 70 variants out there for this book. This is definitely a read but I think its good enough to purchase. I feel like a lifetime of enjoying the various incarnations of the TMNT, whether its been comics, cartoons, or movies, has prepared me for this moment where they are down to one against all the evil in the world. Maybe it's cliche but The Last Ronin is an absolute blast. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Jonathan Cadotte Nov 2, 2020

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 is a fast paced opening for a series, that feels like it's been hyped and marketed for a long time, that does not disappoint. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Oct 28, 2020

    It's TMNT by way of The Dark Knight Returns, down to the gritty internal monologues and vaguely cyberpunk aesthetic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Swift Planet Nov 3, 2020

    It's great. Not perfect, but definitely on its way to be a modern day classic TMNT title.

  • 10
    Luiz_FM Oct 28, 2020

    This is my pick of the week, what a fantastic book, "The Last Ronin" is the Dark Knight Returns for TMNT fans.

  • 10
    ComicRelief Oct 28, 2020

    Wow! Never been a huge TMNT fan outside of the OG series, but this book was amazing. One of the best first issues I've read all year. Pick this book up and give it a read NOW!

  • 10
    Hellblazer Oct 29, 2020

    I've never read TMNT before but for a first time it was awesome!!!! Though i don't know much about TMNT comics i would guess that having a violent Michelangelo just shows that this comic serie is going to be serious one.

  • 10
    Rauld Oct 29, 2020

    Wow was this book good. I grew up loving the turtles but had never read the comics. But this is a VERY good story. This is like a combination of a Batman, samurai and turtles story. Can’t recommend enough!

  • 10
    I Review Comics Nov 5, 2020

    Pulling our favorite heroes out of the present day and placing them in bleak and apocalyptic future states has been a comic trope longer than I've been alive.

    Whether It's Days of Future Past, The Dark Knight Returns, or Old Man Logan it is a popular story to tell because it takes our heroes out of the perpetual prime of their lives and places them face to face with their own mortality and roadblocks we all face in our lives as we age and begin to experience loss.

    TMNT has always been my favorite IP and regardless of incarnation I always default to the characterizations of the 80's cartoons. I've read the Mirage comics which was always gritty but I'm never really read a Truly dark TMNT story. In TMNT #44 Donatello w more

  • 10
    Lyonell Nov 22, 2020

    Impressive, a bit more impressive than I expected. Story moved fast and action sequencing matched perfectly. There's a true Ninja element to this story that applies well even in a future world. Coloring matched perfectly along with lettering also. Anticipating the next issue.

  • 10
    TDogg Feb 23, 2021

    This is a blast! Don’t miss this one, great art, great story, great fun!

  • 10
    Alloy Press Mar 4, 2021

    As far as turtle's go this is a 10! The intensity and seriousness of the whole issue was exactly what a mature TMNT reader is looking for...Turtle heads aren't gonna want to miss this gem 💎

  • 9.5
    Swanktub Oct 28, 2020

    I'm not going to lie, I've never read a TMNT comic before. I used to love watching the 2003 cartoon as a kid, and when I heard of the concept of this series I was intrigued. I was expecting a Dark Knight Returns take on the turtles. Dark and violent. And while it was both dark and violent at times, it still possessed the fun I remember from the characters when I was growing up. This issue was action packed, fun, dark and full of heart all at the same time.

  • 9.5
    Micky H Nov 4, 2020

    Loved it, gritty art, great dialogue and fun. Called it b4 this came out (a dead clock is right twice a day lol!!) n the last page seals the book for me. Hope it keeps up from issue 2 onwards.

  • 9.0
    Double Down Oct 29, 2020


    Story: 9/10
    Art: 8/10
    Overall: 9/10

    Story: The journey and exploration of the world is great. Walking through the adventure, all good stuff. Some of the dialogue is a bit clunky, but nothing off-putting.

    Art: It's good. Some dynamic shots, the colors are interesting and complimentary. It actually looks better than I expected. There were some bloody bits too... no complaints, honestly.

    Overall: Last page reveal sealed the deal. It gave so much depth in the only way it should.
    Anyway, bravo. This book did what I needed it to do, get me excited for book 2.

    Bring it on!

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    ZodTee Nov 3, 2020


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    Toonstrack Nov 7, 2020

    Fantastic first issue. Phenomenal action pages, strong art, exquisite setting and plenty of nice references and nods. Cant wait for next issue

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Nov 7, 2020

    Nothing to write home about, but it's a pleasure to see Eastman & Laird together again.

  • 7.0
    Adam Apr 11, 2021

    Solid story. The price point takes the rating down.

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    The Chosen One Oct 17, 2020

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    sovereignsfall18 Oct 31, 2020

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    VirusVenom Mar 19, 2021

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    wing81 May 26, 2021

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    Chancho Jun 22, 2021

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    mattcole15 Oct 28, 2020

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    tonpas1989 Oct 31, 2020

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    Phil B. Jan 6, 2021

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