There are few indie success stories like that of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and, after thirty years, a never-before-seen story from the original creative duo is getting polished up and released, courtesy of IDW.
This alternate future five-issue limited series focuses on a currently unknown turtle brother who is seeking justice for his fallen family and friends. Based on the preview pages below, this mystery turtles wields all the original squad’s signature weapons.
“About ten years ago, I re-discovered a twenty page outline for a TMNT story that Peter and I wrote together back in 1987,” Eastman said. “The story was set thirty years in the future, which (as written then) was set in 2017… The Last Ronin is a heartfelt love poem to all the TMNT universes of the past, and offers up an intense look at one possible future — firmly based on and adapted from an original thirty-three year-old idea, from the original creators.”
Former TMNT head writer Tom Waltz added, “When Kevin first showed me the outline that he and Peter had created back in the ’80s, I was gobsmacked. 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.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 will have 48 pages and will hit shelves this summer.
Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird will reunite for a new TMNT story that was originally drafted 30 years ago.