The Last Ronin

Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird. Idea and Design Works. (224p) ISBN: 9781684058419
The Last Ronin
The Last Ronin

The first time I had anything to do with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was the GURPS adaptation in 1986 and found myself tracking down anything to do with them, they were great fun.

This story has all the style and pace of the earlier stories but details a much darker part of the TMNT world and history.

We find ourselves in the future where the Foot clan runs New York from an indomitable tower in the centre, Hiroto Saki controls the city with the aid of an army of Synja when the TMNT return for revenge, but all is not what it seems.

This reveals the outcome of the ongoing feud between the Hamato and Foot clans. Family, lies, deceit, and honour are the important themes that run throughout.

The story unfolds over two time periods and tells the story of how we get to the ‘present’. We see familiar characters return, and the development of new characters throughout this fast-paced revenge tale.

There were practically none of the fast quips and humour that I remember from the early stories but it really works, this is comic storytelling at its best

I really don’t want to give too much of this away but it was an amazing tale from start to finish and if you like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at all and want to read a really grown up tale in that universe this is the book for you.

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