Kevin Eastman’s The Last Ronin, a TMNT story set in a hypothetical dark future where Michelangelo is the last living Turtle, was a huge hit for publisher IDW. It made the New York Times bestseller list and drove the company to introduce expansions like a prequel called Lost Years and even a book consisting of just the covers. Now it’s time for the next step, as Eastman and IDW announce The Last Ronin II. Turns out the Ronin wasn’t so “last” after all!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin was a huge success for IDW. To refresh, it’s a lost story written by Kevin Eastman from back in the day that never got produced, until the publisher found out about it and got the right people together to finish it. Within no time, it hit the NYT Bestseller List. To keep the money rolling in and stretch this as far as they can, IDW has been coming out with deluxe editions and director’s cuts and even a book consisting of nothing but the covers. But an actual continuation seemed out of the question; to make that happen they’d have to convince Eastman to write another story and that probably won’t —- never mind, it just did.
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, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird cooked up an interesting idea for a Ninja Turtles comic, The Last Ronin. For unknown reasons, however, they never got around to turning the script into a book. Decades later, IDW decided to resurrect the lost story and print it in the form of five trade-format volumes. The Last Ronin was concluded with #5 last April and more recently, IDW published the complete story in one hardcover volume.