Time To Look Into The Future Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles With The Upcoming The Last Ronin

Credit: Andy Kuhn/IDW Publishing

Ever curious about when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aren’t teenagers anymore? Good news, we’re going to get an answer to that in the five-issue miniseries The Last Ronin from IDW Publishing.

Co-creator Kevin Eastman is set to write the project with Tom Waltz, based on an idea that Eastman and co-creator Peter Laid came up with back in the 80s. We’re taking the characters two decades into the future for this storyline. Andy Kuhn will do the art.

Eastman said in a statement, “About 10 years ago, I re-discovered a 20-page outline for a TMNT story that Peter and I wrote together back in 1987. The story was set 30 years in the future, which, as written then, was set in 2017. Reading through it again, I drifted back to a very different time in TMNT history — back when it was all about the comics, mostly just Peter and I writing and drawing the issues, pre-everything the world would soon come to know about these characters that we’d created and called the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story has been revised and updated. The setting moved from 2017 to 2040.

Waltz, whose been working with Eastman ever since IDW took over the TMNT comics back in 2011, said, “Beyond Peter Laird’s eerily prescient technological and sociological predictions, the story idea itself was exciting and versatile, designed in a way that it could be easily modified to fit into the many different TMNT iterations that have existed over the years, without losing any of the core elements injected into it by both Kevin and Peter.”

Eastman also added that miniseries is a “heartfelt love poem to all the TMNT universes of the past [that] offers up an intense look at one possible future — firmly based on and adapted from an original 33-year-old idea, from the original creators.”

The Last Ronin will hit stores in late 2020.

Bec Heim