It’s morphin’ time! The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers are back to action as BOOM! Studios and Saban have come together to revive those teenagers with attitude! The comic keeps true to the essence of the 90s TV show even though it takes place in a more modern setting with smartphones and the team driving newer-model cars to high school. In fact, Angel Grove High School even has an emergency alert system when a monster attacks the city.
This comic was so well-written and well-drawn that it was as if they took an episode of the show and transferred it to paper. Kyle Higgins knew his stuff when he went into this comic. The original six Rangers have their same names, colors and Zords from the first season. The phrases and mannerisms were spot-on to each character from Billy’s science speak right down to Finster’s response of “Yes, my Queen,” to Rita.
The one thing that the comic does that the show did not do is go more in-depth into Tommy’s first days as a good Power Ranger freed from Rita’s control. We see how his mind still hears Rita’s voice as she tempts him to turn evil again. He even has flashbacks to when he was evil and battled the Rangers. The overall plot is the same in that Rita uses her monsters to destroy Earth so she can take it over but the Power Rangers stop her. The monster in this issue happens to look like 1998 Godzilla was impersonating the movie incarnation of Megatron.
Hendry Prasetya’s art was a bit darker and edgier compared to what was seen back in the heyday of the show but it was excellent nonetheless. He modernized everything from Rita and her minions to the Rangers to Angel Grove as a whole without losing that feel of the original series. There was an added bonus at the end with a comical short focusing on Bulk & Skull and a short battle between the Rangers and Goldar. The cover is a thing of beauty with the reflection of the Tyrannosaurus Zord in the visor and the light reflecting off of the shell of the helmet.
When I heard the news many months ago that this comic series was being developed in conjunction with the making of the re-boot movie, I knew I had to read it. The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers have been a part of me since the first episode aired over 20 years ago. When I was reading this comic, I heard the voices of the characters in my head and was re-creating the comic in my head as if it were an episode. This comic was a great read and a great piece of nostalgia. I highly recommend it for an original fan, a casual fan or even just a comic book reader looking for something new and different. As Billy would say it was “morphenominal!”
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #0
Writers: Kyle Higgins, Steve Orlando, Mairghread Scott
Artists: Hendry Prasetya, Corin Howell, Daniel Bayliss
Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS
Item Code: NOV151136
In Shops: 1/13/2016