Last Ronin: Casey and April’s Daughter Is TMNT’s Next Great Hero

Warning! Spoilers for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2 below

In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin a great new hero has been introduced in Casey Marie Jones., the daughter of Casey Jones and April O’Neil. In the series second issue, Jones made it known that she’s willing to help Michaelangelo complete his quest and avenge his fallen brothers – and she’s not taking no for an answer.

Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird have brought the turtles back to their violent roots in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin, which is unquestionably their darkest story ever. In the grim future, Michelangelo is the last turtle alive after the others were killed by Oroku Hiroto and the Foot Clan. Suicidal and still talking to his brothers (despite their deaths), Michelangelo has transformed into the Last Ronin in order to complete his destiny and put Oroku down for good. Along the way, he’s reunited with April O’Neil, who just revealed she’s got a daughter – Casey Marie Jones.

In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1, a resistance fighter named Jones finds Michelangelo in the sewer, as he’s about to kill himself. She brings him to April O’Neil, who’s survived Oroku’s reign – albeit, she has a prosthetic leg and arm. Michelangelo is startled when April calls for Casey, but he quickly learns about her (and brawler Casey Jones’) daughter, Casey Marie Jones. She tells him that she’s heard about the legend of the turtles, stating she never thought she would get to meet one of them. Casey tells Michelangelo that the turtles were “storybook heroes” for her while revealing she grew up learning martial arts.

Michelangelo explains to her how she transformed into the Last Ronin and tells Casey Marie about his mission to kill Oroku. When Jones tells him that her crew is going to help him make that happen, Michelangelo says he won’t be responsible for more death, but she stands her ground. She tells him that “she wasn’t asking” and that he wouldn’t even be alive without her help. Michelangelo grins while telling her he can’t decide if she’s more like her “dad or your mom.”

Casey Marie Jones is a highly-skilled fighter, who’s already saved Michelangelo’s life once. With her father’s fighting skills and her mother’s smarts and reimgfulness, she’s going to be a huge asset for the Last Ronin. She’s the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series’ next great hero and hope she makes it to the end of the series. As for what happened to her father Casey Jones? That’s still unknown. However, teases for issue three don’t look particularly promising. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2 is in stores now.

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