IDW has announced a 50,000 print run for their the second printing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1. They have only had 37,000 preorders, but last time they printed too few and had to allocate copies to retailers by around a fifth, driving prices skywards. This does however make Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 second-printing the largest reprint quantity in IDW's history since their debut 20 years ago. The new run should be available in comic book stores a week tomorrow.
Co-created by TMNT co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin takes place in a future New York City far different from the one we know today, where a lone surviving Turtle goes on a seemingly hopeless mission to obtain justice for his fallen family and friends. The debut issue hit stands on October 28th, immediately selling out and prompting a new printing that features a re-coloured cover by Eastman, Esau Escorza, and Isaac Escorza.
"I want to reach out to all of the incredible fans and comic book retailers who went above and beyond with their support for The Last Ronin!" says Eastman. "It's taken thirty-two years to bring it to life, and even in the middle of a tumultuous year of production, you all waited for us to get the job done right… and showed us some serious love! We appreciate you all — stay safe and stay tuned, because the rest of the series is coming soon!"
The Last Ronin is based on an unpublished 1987 story concept by Eastman and Laird, with script by Tom Waltz, layouts by Eastman, pencils and inks by Esau and Isaac Escorza, colors by Luis Antonio Delgado, letters by Shawn Lee, and edits by Bobby Curnow. The series will run for five issues, with each issue oversized at 7" x 11" and 48 pages in length.
IDW publisher Nachie Marsham says, "The huge success of The Last Ronin is a testament to the enduring fandom for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the creative team's ability to knock it out of the park. We're overwhelmed with gratitude for the fans, the retailers, and everyone involved creatively on the project — The Last Ronin is a wonderful example of what makes these characters special to so many readers, and to the strength of storytelling in comics."
TMNT: The Last Ronin #2 has been delayed until the 27th of January 2021."We hit the ground running with issue #1, and have no intentions of letting up with the second issue or beyond," says Waltz. "If you think the future looks dramatic for our last ronin, just wait until you see the history that has brought him to this point!"