Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1
Written by: Kyle Higgins
Penciled by: HENDRY PRASETYA
Inked by: Matt Herms
Coloring by: Ed Dukeshir
Reviewed By: Michael Tyler
This comic book is an amazing throwback to my childhood, that being said the opening with our plucky comedy relief we all know and love really hit the spotlight and made me feel 8 years old again. You know what I like about the teens of Angel Grove High School? No matter how old I get they will always stay the same age…Well that being said, as the title suggests this is a Power Rangers comic book. Bulk and Skull are YouTube ready it seems and recap the events from the beginning until Tommy Oliver becomes a good guy. Shush, spoilers in case you didn’t know…Sorry I’d be green too with envy if I wasn’t the green Power Ranger, oh wait…
Anyways, the opening scene has Bulk and Skull even interviewing a few of the Power Rangers about the Green Ranger and their thoughts on him. Being passive as always, Tommy Oliver gets interviewed and comes off coy about any info he might have about the Green Ranger. The story moves on to typical high school drama and every day throws (teacher issues, falling asleep in class, after school coffee dates, etc…) Somehow Zack is having trouble sleeping in class (Black Power Ranger) and is trying not to make a big deal of it, he later shrugs it off as trouble at home to Jason (Red Power Ranger) Zack recalls what Jason said to Bulk and Skull about the Green Ranger and how he switched sides. That they do trust him, but only if Zordon does…that’s what i call a lack of faith either way. Meanwhile Tommy is having issues with being a good guy and being part of a team, Rita Repulsa still obviously has a hold on him, because well she is the one who made him after all…
Back at HQ Tommy and Kimberly are training in some sort of simulator and he fails to save people from the enemy. Learning a valuable lesson from Zordon, knowing that defeat is ok even if you tried everything you could, he decides to stay and keep training. Well you know that coffee date I mentioned earlier in passing? He ditches our beloved Pink Ranger Kimberly for more training…sad day indeed. He chose work over his lady, shame shame…well his lack of chivalry catches up later while he is at home and one of Ritas minions catches him off guard, blade at his throat, serves him right. Maybe if he had gone on that coffee date he’d be fine, we’ll never know now…
Story wise, this is atypical Power Rangers, the book skips a bit and fills you in on a few plot holes to get caught up, even though I don’t know why they skipped all of that. A lot of cool fighting and stuff happened when Tommy Oliver was bad. As a plot device i hope it makes sense soon. Bulk and Skull still remain my favorite, although now they have subscribers and YouTube prowess and smartphones, it is quite an adjustment to the days of old. I do hope the comic book go beyond just the usual one monster defeated at a time and delves more into lore and more origins of everything. Maybe I am hoping too much but we’ll see.
The comic ends with Tommy Oliver having a blade at his throat by a still unnamed baddy. Is she a monster or a bigger part of Rita’s team? It wasn’t fully explained in the book so it will be interesting to see.
Not much new here, same old Power Rangers with a push to modernize their look, feel and technology and make it feel more modern day and not so much 90’s. Push the timeframe up and skip the pop up videos from VH1 90’s and you now have Smartphone using, and the internet.
Art wise the look and feel is classic to me, very pleasing to the eye. It honestly feels more manga style than I expected. Maybe that is a throwback to its Japanese origins/creators? Jason David Frank should only be so lucky that even after all these years they’re still using his likeness as the Green Power Ranger! Even though he no longer does Power Ranger shows, his legacy lives on in comic form! Go Go Power Rangers! Can’t wait until issue #2!