Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #14 Review
Written by: Kyle Higgins
Art by: Hendry Prasetya
After 14 issues, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers seems to be nearing its natural conclusion. All of the integrated stories are tying together to answer some of those lingering questions while do-or-die missions are starting to take place. The quiet scenes and dialogue are taking more of a backseat as the epic battles and violent confrontations head to center stage. If this series follows a familiar formula, the big battles will lead to a satisfying payoff in short order. This will be a bittersweet moment considering how entertaining Mighty Morphin Power Rangers has been, but it will be very nice to get some answers about the big storylines.
Issue #14 is one such issue that looks to put focus on that inevitable end point. All of the quieter interactions are essentially gone, and the rangers are simply trying to survive and advance. It’s a raw issue that keeps readers engaged and elicits comments like “oh my goodness!”
As expected, issue #14 kicks off with a bang as both universes head to massive battles. The main rangers are mistakenly infiltrating Rita’s fortress in hopes of fixing what has been broken while the alternate universe rangers are desperately attempting to stop an attack by Lord Drakkon’s forces. These are dire circumstances to be sure, especially given that both sequences result in non stop violence and almost no hope for the heroes. And that’s one reason why this action-heavy issue is so interesting.
If you have read the entire run of this series, you are well aware that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers isn’t the most upbeat comic around. Desperation and sadness are two very common emotions, especially in the alternate universe. While many comics would be hurt by this outlook, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers actually stands tall due in large part to Higgins’ writing. He has struck a very good balance in the battle of Good vs. Evil that doesn’t feel hacky. The heroes aren’t overpowered or goofy to a fault, and the villains are just powerful enough to strike fear without feeling unbeatable.
Of course, one driving force in this series is Hendry Prasetya’s art. This slightly gritty style has been consistently gorgeous during both sequences both violent and calm. Prasetya has perfectly nailed the look of classic villains as well as the Power Rangers. It doesn’t matter if they are wearing natural colors or switching to the all-green units; the Power Rangers still look really cool. Plus, Prasetya has made Lord Drakkon into quite the imposing character.
Kyle Higgins has crafted a great story, but it’s significantly enhanced by the art.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #14 is a very difficult issue to review simply because there are so many big moments happening that discussing them is like walking on eggshells. So many plotlines could be spoiled with the slightest comment. What I can say is that there isn’t a single dead panel in this issue. If comics could be “edge-of-your-seat” thrillers, well this issue would fit the bill. It’s an intense, must-read story for those that have been following this series.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #14
- Dire without being overly depressing
- Tons of action
- Prasetya’s art
- Not as many quiet moments
- What about Bulk?