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The Last Ronin Book Review


Cover of the graphic novel The Last Ronin

Title: The Last Ronin

Genre: Fiction, Superheroes, Crime

Audience: Teen, Adult

Page Count: 224

Author: Kevin Easton, Peter Laird

Artists: Esau Escorza Isaac Escorza Ben Bishop Kevin Eastman

ISBN: 978-1684058419

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Series: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


This review does not contain spoilers.


"The Last Ronin," written by Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz, and illustrated by Esau Escorza and Isaac Escorza, stands out amongst graphic novels. Just because it's a popular book doesn't mean it's good has always been my stance. And I've never been so happy to be proven wrong.


Set in a dystopian future where the Foot Clan has conquered New York City and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are all but extinct, "The Last Ronin" follows the lone surviving turtle on a quest for vengeance and justice. Haunted by the ghosts of his fallen brothers and burdened by the weight of his failures, the last Ronin embarks on a perilous journey to confront his enemies and reclaim his family's honor. Along the way, he must confront his own inner demons and come to terms with the legacy of the past.


One of the most striking aspects of "The Last Ronin" is its rich and immersive world-building, which seamlessly blends elements of science fiction, martial arts, and dystopian drama. Drawing inspiration from classic samurai tales and post-apocalyptic fiction, the creators have crafted a narrative that is both familiar and refreshingly original. From the neon-lit streets of a futuristic New York City to the shadowy depths of the Foot Clan's fortress, every panel of "The Last Ronin" is a testament to the artistic vision and technical skill of its creators.


In addition to its stunning visual imagery, "The Last Ronin" also boasts a rich and multi-layered narrative that explores themes of honor, duty, and the enduring bonds of brotherhood. As the last surviving member of his clan, the Ronin must navigate a treacherous world filled with betrayal and deception, all while grappling with his own inner turmoil and moral ambiguity.


What sets "The Last Ronin" apart from other works of graphic fiction is its unflinching exploration of complex moral and ethical dilemmas, and the storytelling. One common issue with comics and graphic novels is pacing, clarity, and story quality. None of those were an issue; it's paced well, emotional, and an amazing conclusion to The Ninja Turtle brothers. I found myself holding back tears in the end.


For any fan of TMNT, it's a must read. But be warned, it feels like the end of something you've loved your entire life.



The Last Ronin Book Review Ratings and Recommendation

Rating: 5/5

Recommended: Yes


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