The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have remained a popular franchise for decades, with numerous adaptations, including comic books, animated shows, video games and feature films. However, one of the most distinctive and compelling storylines is the recent miniseries, TMNT: The Last Ronin, this continues in TMNT: The Last Ronin – Lost Years.
The Lost Years miniseries opens a window into Michelangelo’s journey in the time leading up to The Last Ronin storyline. It shows the hardships that he faces, the battles he fights, and the lessons he learns. This portion of the story is filled with action, suspense, and surprises that are sure to keep readers engaged. The writing is as gritty and thrilling as ever, with Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz expertly crafting memorable set pieces and moments of character development.
While the story is an excellent addition to the TMNT canon, it’s the art that stands out in The Lost Years. While SL Gallant‘s work is wondering, Ben Bishop‘s attention to detail is unparalleled, with every panel carefully crafted to convey the story’s mood and tone. His action scenes are dynamic and thrilling, and his character designs are fresh and memorable. Luis Antonio Delgado‘s color work further enhances Gallant and Bishop’s art, with subtle palettes that are perfectly matched to the scene.
The themes of loss, revenge, and legacy continue to be the driving force of the Last Ronin storyline. Michelangelo’s journey is one of grief, pain, and ultimately, redemption. His experiences are a testament to the power of perseverance and the importance of family, even in the face of overwhelming odds.
One of the exciting aspects of The Lost Years series is the newest members of the Turtles universe, Yi, Uno, Odyn, and Moja, as well as their interaction with Casey Marie Jones. This angle provides a glimpse into the future of the franchise, setting up potential storylines for the turtles’ offspring.
TMNT: The Last Ronin – Lost Years is a fantastic addition to The Last Ronin storyline. It expands upon the world, the characters, and the themes of the original series, providing readers with a thrilling and emotional ride. The art is stunning, the writing is top-notch and the themes are relevant and timeless.
TMNT: The Last Ronin – Lost Years miniseries premiered on January 25, 2023 and ran five issues until August 2. Additionally, a one-shot was release on July 19 entitled TMNT: The Last Ronin – Lost Day Special. Check your local comic shops for the single issues, read digitally or the miniseries will drop in hardcover collected format on November 7.
The Last Ronin continues with Re-Evolution coming at the end of 2023.