Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ The Last Ronin #5 Coming April 27

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin has been a very popular TMNT comic book miniseries, and it’s also the best-selling IDW comic book series of all time. Fans have been waiting for months for the conclusion, and today, IDW has announced that The Last Ronin #5 will be released on April 27, 2022.

The Last Ronin is based on the lost 1987 storyline from co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird and follows a lone surviving Turtle in a dark future, looking for vengeance and redemption for his fallen family.

There will be two variant covers available for The Last Ronin #5. Here’s one of the covers:

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The Story So Far

The first issue was released back in October 2020, and it was revealed that Michaelangelo was the lone survivor. He’s a “shell” of his former self, and there’s great sorrow from this once fun-loving Turtle. Returning characters include April O’Neil, and together, the two will work together along with some family and friends to help take down the grandson of Shredder, Oroku Hiroto, and his organization.

“Thirty-five years in the making, The Last Ronin is everything I dreamed it could be and more,” says Eastman. “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.”

“What we’ve enjoyed the most has been working with a legend like Kevin Eastman,” says the Escorzas in a joint statement. “He’s everything you’d expect him to be, but even cooler. We are totally overwhelmed to have been part of a project of this magnitude and have loved to see the fan reaction and the support of all the retailers and collectors around the world.”

“As far back as I can remember, two things were always there: drawing and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Often they went hand in hand,” says Bishop. “What Kevin and Pete did as a couple of crazy self-publishing comic kids shaped the kind of comic creator that I wanted to be and showed me just how much is possible in this medium. The reality now, all these years later, that I’m working with these creators and drawing these characters, absolutely feels like a dream come true. I’d like to thank the fans and retailers for making this one of the biggest TMNT comics since issue #1.”

The Last Ronin’s story will be over, but the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles saga will continue on with The Armageddon Game, set in the present-day continuity of IDW’s monthly comic book series. The preview will be available for free as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “Free Comic Book Day” Special at participating comic book shops on May 7, 2022.

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