Power Rangers may be in it’s 21st series on television with Dino Super Charge but for the new ongoing comic from Boom Studios readers are taken back to the beginning with a story set during the original Mighty Morphin era. Set very specifically after the five part television adventure Green with Evil which introduced Tommy Oliver as the Green Ranger. Originally a slave to the evil Rita he was eventually freed from her control and would join the team as the sixth Power Ranger.
The comics opening panels are incredibly dramatic with Tommy standing victorious over the fallen Rangers but it turns out to all be in Tommy’s mind as we cut to him riding shotgun in Jason’s car. The Green Ranger might be one of the good guys now but he is being haunted by evil visions and what might have been. Will he betray his new found friends and team mates?
While the original team of Power Rangers is still intact the comic has modernized a few things, it’s no longer 1993 but the present day though barring a few scenes which feature text messages and the fact the Rangers civilian clothes are a little more stylish (goodbye Billy’s blue dungarees hello trendy tight fitting cardigan) everything feels familiar and will transport any reader straight back to Angel Grove.
Not to go into the plot too deeply, Tommy may be one of the good guys now but he has a lot to learn about teamwork and the consequences of not towing the line. That’s not to say the fault is all on him and this conveys really well that these characters are teenagers being asked to battle evil space aliens with not a whole lot of life experience.
The characters dialogue particularly that of the Rangers sounds just like it would on television and you can easily hear the actors voices in your head whilst reading. Kudos to writer Kyle Higgins for getting the tone just right. The artwork by Hendry Prasetya is superb, he makes the action scenes dynamic and flowing while plot heavy scenes never feel like a slog of exposition. Special mention to colourist Matt Herms who has got it all spot on in a variety of different locations.
After the main strip come a couple of back up stories. The first focuses on everyone’s favorite comedy double act Bulk & Skull as they face the wrath of Mr Capaln the school principal (and the writers even sneak in a couple of toupee gags which will make older fans smile). The second sees the Rangers back in action and mid battle with Goldar, it’s a fun short but does seem to be there just to pad out the issue and is weaker than the main story and the Bulk & Skull short. Hopefully once issue 1 arrives they will settle into the main story and just a Bulk & Skull back up which will improve the flow.
So is it the perfect comic for nostalgic fans and newcomers alike? Both groups will find a lot to love with a story that is easy to get into for new fans but which also has just the right amount of continuity for the hardcore. A couple of minor niggles, the morphing sequence (one of the most iconic to be recreated from television) is in the wrong order, Tommy appearing at the end where he should be at the front and when the Zords are called Jason shouts ‘we need Megazord power’ where we all know he should be shouting Dinozord. If these kinks can be ironed out then the comic should go from strength to strength.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers by Boom Studios is an American comic so UK residents check your specialist comic shop to purchase a copy.
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