If there’s one sentence I never expected to type in my lifetime, “official crossover between Ninja Turtles and Stranger Things” is certainly it. Up to this point any comic offshoot of the popular TV series (the latter one) has been strictly canon, often to the detriment of the comics themselves. They often explore nooks and crannies of the existing seasons that aren’t as interesting as the main events and feature barely any of the familiar cast. Was there ever a demand for a miniseries set entirely in Russia that explains how a Demogorgon got there? No, there was not. Give us Eleven, you cowards.
You thought we’d seen the last of The Last Ronin, the lost Ninja Turtles story that Kevin Eastman and IDW resurrected last year. But it sold well. REALLY well. New York Times bestseller list well. Well enough for an additional book consisting of just the series’ covers to be a thing.
In 1987, just as the Ninja Turtles were on the verge of breaking through to the mainstream, Eastman and Laird were cooking up their most epic comic book storyline ever, The Last Ronin. For some reason, though, the script was abandoned and never turned into a book. Decades later, the idea was picked back up and dusted off by IDW, who has been releasing The Last Ronin in trade format since October of 2020. Four volumes have been released, and with this upcoming fifth, the narrative comes to a close.
In 1997 Saban and Fox Kids teamed up to revitalize the sagging Ninja Turtle franchise by blending it with the Power Rangers formula to create what remains the only fully live-action Turtles series. Despite an official crossover with the Power Rangers (IN SPACE!) Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation failed to catch on and lasted just one season. Not only that, it was despised by Eastman and Laird, with Laird in particular rumored to get agitated by just the mention of Venus DeMilo, a fifth Turtle he had no say in creating.
It’s that time of year again…..a few hours before E3, which means it’s time for Arcade1Up’s annual dump of new products. They’re stretching the definition of “new” this go-round, though.
The following image I am about to share with you is not fanart. It’s not a painting I picked up from a Comic-Con booth. It’s not even a comic book panel, where such events are more commonplace. This is an actual thing that is actually happening in an actual animated movie.