Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 Review

Posted March 3, 2016 by John Newby in Comic Books

Written by: Kyle Higgins

Art by: Hendry Prasetya

Publisher: BOOM!

 Growing up, one of my favorite shows on TV was Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Wait, I meant Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. In my childlike mind, there wasn’t much cooler than teenagers becoming superheroes and fighting villains from outer space, all while using martial arts and gigantic robots. Granted, my brothers and I weren’t allowed to watch the show—we had very strict parents—but we circumvented the situation by sneaking downstairs early in the morning to catch a few episodes. I couldn’t get enough of the show, and only a comic book would have made my childhood better. I may not have gotten the comic as a child, but writer Kyle Higgins is making my adult life better with a brand new series. Even better, this Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic is based on the original series, and so far, it’s pretty darn fantastic.

After an eventful issue #0, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 kicks off in a way that perfectly fits the show—with Bulk and Skull. The boneheaded duo is back and filming interviews for their new web show, Ranger Station. At first, it seems strange that the pseudo-villains from the show have a show dedicated to the Power Rangers, but it also makes sense given that Bulk and Skull will do anything for attention. Plus, the web show serves as a nice little recap for anyone that missed issue #0. This web show also fits perfectly with the modern setting, even to the point where viewers can become premium subscribers, just like on YouTube.

While trying to discover the Power Rangers’ identities is distracting Bulk and Skull, the actual heroes are working on welcoming Tommy to the group. Obviously, this is much harder than expected because Tommy is an evil creation of Rita Repulsa. The villainous Repulsa created the Green Ranger to destroy the Power Rangers, but the team was able to mostly change his evil ways. I only say mostly because Tommy still has some elements of Rita left in his system that cause a rift in the team, and the only way for him to eradicate the evil essence is to constantly train. No time for coffee with attractive team members.

Tommy’s battle with Rita and Ranger Station are the main two elements of issue #1, and both do a solid job keeping the story rolling. Kyle Higgins alternates between the two elements and uses the web show as a method for tracking down the main characters in their daily lives. The only sad part is that the main Power Rangers don’t take part in any battles.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers always had a very unique style, with the weird monsters and big robots, but these elements seemed tough to recreate. Well, Hendry Prasetya manages just that and even more. The art style of the comic perfectly captures Rita’s monsters, especially the Putty Patrol, and makes the whole world look just a little dingy. The seriousness of the overall story fits the dingy style, but Prasetya adds in some brightness by focusing on the Power Rangers’ outfits. The bright colors pop off the page and immediately make the reader nostalgic for his or her childhood.

Before cracking open issue #1 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, I had forgotten about how much I missed that piece of my childhood. Luckily, Kyle Higgins’ take on the franchise quickly reminded me how fun the show was. Issue #1 perfectly captures the nostalgia without seeming like a giant copy, and it follows a new path with the changes to main characters. Plus, the art fits well with the story’s tone. Prasetya captures a dingy world without making anything look too washed out or muddy. Oh, and Jamal Campbell’s cover art is flat-out gorgeous. I know people who would buy Campbell’s art for household decorations.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 is a fun issue, and it appears to be a solid “official” start of a long-awaited series. Go pick it up and relive your childhood.

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John Newby

A random dude obsessed with coffee, blue heelers, and most nerdy things. Big fan of Star Wars, Borderlands, Arrow/Flash, and a whole lotta video games. The Saboteur is underrated, and Silverado is the best movie ever made.