The Last Ronin – Comic Review

A new story of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is here as IDW Publishing delivers the ultimate story of loss and revenge. The new ongoing series The Last Ronin will focus on Michelangelo as he sets out on a mission to avenge his fallen brothers. The lone turtle will takes arms against the Foot Clan in the distant future. 

Written by Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman together these two create a powerful story deep within the heart of the lore that is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. New York City has changed in the far future with cybernetic security forces, flying cars, and a new order under the notorious Foot Clan led by Oroku Hiroto. The son of Karai Hiroto and grandson of The Shredder, Oroku controls his empire in the center of the city in his cyber fortress. 

Now, alone in the never ending war with the Foot Clan, Michelangelo struggles with the ghosts of the past as he stands to save the future by any means necessary. Michelangelo unleashes an assault of ninja technique and rage as he slashes through armies of robots to claim Oroku’s head, the killer of his brothers Leonardo, Raphael, and Donatello. 

Esau Escorza and Isaac Escorza develop the notorious world through pencil work and colors as our hero journeys through the sewers, cybernetic labs, and city streets. The pencil work is dealt with a heavy hand as dark outlines make the characteristics of all characters and objects in the surrounding area. 

The details are professional in creating emotional states, muscle tone, and aspects of attire being wrinkles and tears. The comic itself spends the majority in dark areas creating an atmosphere of noir and action. 

A color pallet of solid tones creates a strong foundation. Pigments do not blend often but reflect the light source when dealing with shadow. Black, grey, and red are the most notable colors recognized upon the panels as the action and story moves forward. 

Follow Michelangelo as he continues his personal vendetta to vanquish the Foot Clan in the name of his family. IDW Publishing casts a huge banner in the name of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as Mickey becomes The Last Ronin.  

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