TMNT: The Last Ronin's Hell Is Just Beginning | Screen Rant
IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2 proves that as an older mutant, Mikey may not achieve what he yearns for after vengeance is his.
Warning! Spoilers ahead for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2
In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin Michelangelo's life isn't so great right now. His entire family has died as a result of the Foot Clan over a span of multiple generations while even more pollution now smothers his beloved home and city. Two members of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ostensibly were killed by the clan's current leader Oroku Hiroto, while Oroku's mother, Karai, murdered Raphael and most likely ordered the slaying of their father Splinter if she didn't have the pleasure of doing the horrific deed herself.
Stripped of his jokes and overall goofiness, all Mikey now possesses is an insatiable thirst for revenge, to avenge his family's demise and end the Foot Clan for good. When not driven by rage, overwhelming despair washes over this brooding character every waking hour. And this sadness sometimes manifests as anger, which he misdirects towards the spirits of his dead brothers who haunt him when he's alone. But even though Mikey hopes to die and end his suffering after achieving vengeance, certain developments suggest he might not be so lucky and that his hell is only just beginning, as revealed in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2 written by Tom Waltz, Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman with art by Isaac Escorza.
As his longtime friend and ally April O'Neil mention, the longer Mikey lives, the more his mutation progresses, and the longer his mutation progresses, the more difficult it becomes for him to be killed. The first indication of his purported invincibility transpires in the series' first issue when Mikey plunges to his apparent death after jumping off the top of Oroku's massively tall tower. Originally, his survival is blamed on the major literary flaw of all action thrillers where the hero cannot die regardless of the overwhelming odds, all so the story may continue. But that's no longer the case.
Mikey later cements this theory when he recalls what happened to him after the death of his family. At one point during his travels, Mikey foolishly ventured into a place that is inherently detrimental to all cold-blooded creatures, snowy mountains, where he eventually collapsed due to the overwhelming cold. But he didn't die. In fact, he lay there for days -- maybe even weeks -- waiting for the merciful touch of death, but it never came. So he gave up and began wandering aimlessly to find his purpose.
It is now implied that the longer Mikey lives, the more likely the sweet release of death will perpetually elude him. He may struggle now, but if he ever succeeds in killing Oroku, the emptiness that will inevitably follow would thrust him into an unimaginable hell, far worse than the one in which he currently resides. Those who seek and obtain vengeance are always left with less than what they began with, so his suffering will undoubtedly far exceed anything he feels now, and if he's unable to die, then this unfortunate circumstance will just prolong the life that he wishes to escape. Let us hope the Last Ronin never avenges his brothers, nor his father Splinter, so he may find peace in this dystopian future based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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