Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #0
Author: Kyle Higgins, Mairghread Scott
Illustration: Daniel Bayless, Hendry Prasetya, Goni Montes
Digital Release: 2016
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Purchased on iBook
Ahh, after twenty-four years I’m free! It’s time to be a fan of these heroes again! If you were a kid growing up in the early ‘90s, you either loved or hated the hit TV series “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” on Fox Kids. I was a big fan from the very beginning and continued watching until the mid-to-late ‘90s. Twenty-four years after seeing the first episode, I found myself getting excited again to see the original Rangers back in action. As soon as I saw the artwork for this new comic series, I knew I had to check it out. I was also nervous that these teenagers with attitudes would not receive the correct handling and that the stories would be even cheesier than the original show. I was wrong. As soon as I read Jason, the leader, yell “IT’S MORPHIN’ TIME!”, I knew everything was going to be okay. This comic series pays respect to the glory days while also telling its own unique story.
The story is like an episode straight from the show, but with a modern take on it. These are teenagers in the 21st century dealing with high school, bullies (Bulk and Skull), and trying to protect the Earth from the evil Rita Repulsa. Jason, Trini, Billy, Zack, Kimberly, Tommy, Zordon, and Alpha are all in it together. Their clothes still match the color of Ranger they are. Megazord (all of the Rangers’ dinosaur robots combined into one) and Dragonzord (Green Ranger’s’ giant dragon robot) can also be seen battling the monster that grows to incredible heights from Rita’s magic wand.
In this issue, the reader is treated to a simple setup that introduces the main characters. This is not an origin story since the Power Rangers have already been established. Tommy’s character, the Green Ranger, appears to be new to the team and still trying to shake off the darkness that once consumed him. Rita isn’t just some laughing maniac on the moon, with a headache, in this series. She is more wicked. Her spell on Tommy hasn’t completely worn off, and she tries to do whatever she can to break him and destroy the rest of the Rangers.
The Pros: The artwork is just wonderful in this series. For example, look at the cover that features the Red Ranger. I was relieved to see each Ranger’s costume appear just like it did in the ‘90s with the classic helmet featuring their own dinosaur. It was fun to see Trini, Zack, Billy, and Kimberly use their Zords (dinosaur robots) in their own unique ways. In this day of smartphones and text messages, it was morphin’ to see them still use their wrist communicators. The short comics, “The Ongoing Adventures of Bulk & Skull” and “What Time Is It?” found at the end, were an added bonus.
The Cons: Although the characters are drawn to look similar to those who played them on the TV show, it would have been awesome if they looked identical. I cannot hear the face-melting guitar shredding from the original theme song.
Two Blade Blasters up!
Jer gives it 5/5.