Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin had a rocky road to publication. Written decades ago, repeatedly delayed, with changes being made after a preview was released, then finally published this week – but with 20% fewer copies than had been ordered. Copies were exchanging hands for $50 before publication, but have now settled to an average $20 a piece with higher prices for some of the (many) retailer exclusive variants.
But there may be another issue, as a number of copies appear to have been printed by IDW with a peculiar misprint, with pages that look bleak. Courtesy of Dennis Barger, here are a few examples of the affected pages.
The question for retailers with such copies is, do they return them to IDW, in the knowledge they have no first prints to replace them with? Or sell them as rare Bleached Variants? As ever, the marketplace will decide.
TMNT THE LAST RONIN #1 (OF 5) CVR A EASTMAN ESCORZA
(W) Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz (A/CA) Kevin Eastman, Esau Escorza, Issac Escorza
It's the TMNT event of 2020! Springing from the minds of TMNT co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird comes an epic like you've never seen before! In a future NYC far different than the one we know today, a lone surviving Turtle goes on a seemingly hopeless mission to obtain justice for his fallen family and friends. Kinetic layouts from Eastman, inks from Esau and Isaac Escorza and a thrilling script full of surprises from longtime TMNT scribe Tom Waltz all combine to make this one of the most memorable TMNT stories you will ever read!
Oversized in both format and page count, this is a perennial TMNT tale that can't be missed!" In Shops: Oct 28, 2020 SRP: $8.99