Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #5 brings the epic final battle between the Hamato clan Michelangelo and Shredder’s grandson Oroko Hiroto of the Oruko clan to a close. The path leading up to this moment for Michelangelo has been a long and grueling one where he’s had to bear the burden of his fallen brother and father for years. Will Michelangelo finally get the revenge and retribution he seeks? One thing is for sure — The Last Ronin #5 is a must-read.
The Last Ronin #5 is packed full of memorable moments that you never thought you’d see in a Ninja Turtles book, like Mikey leaving a trail of bloody bodies in his quest to confront Oroku. Every issue still feels like a dream watching Michelangelo act deadly serious after decades of seeing him laugh, eat pizza with pineapples, and play endless pranks on his brothers. What you’ll love most about the fifth installment is that it genuinely feels like the story is about Mikey. Early in the book, he silences his brothers from talking to him, and he fully embraces himself before his fight with Oroku by pepping himself up and giving his all in dedication to his family. This was a good choice as it made the finale even better, seeing Mikey hold his own as the last surviving turtle.
Like the issues leading up to it, issue #5 is full of spot-on action, and most of the book switches back and forth between the fight between Mikey and Oroku and April and her daughter Casey trying to stop the city from flooding. The only minor shortcoming comes in the book’s villain Oroku who doesn’t offer up much except some cheesy villain dialogue and a suit that looks like a cross between Lord Zedd from Power Rangers and the liquid metal villain from Terminator 2. Oroku is a worthy villain, but it would have been nice to see him do more involving his fancy suit.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #5 will answer many questions for fans and create new ones simultaneously. As usual for Kevin Eastman, the visuals are amazingly detailed, and the pacing delivers some intense and nonstop action-filled moments that most readers will enjoy.
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