Written by: Kyle Higgins
Art by: Daniel Bayliss
Have you ever followed a popular series for a long time, only to have it make a drastic change? You know, like how The Dukes of Hazzard brought in Coy and Vance when Bo and Luke went on strike? Well, The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is very similar in that the first 14 issues follow a very specific story and use one art style, but the 15th issue is a drastic departure. The change is extremely jarring, especially if you are prepared for Hendry Prasetya’s art, but the story is still decent enough to justify checking out the issue. Just don’t have high hopes for resolving the big stories.
Set simultaneously before and during the events of the first 14 issues, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #15 follows a different path than its predecessors. Specifically, this issue tells the story of Zordon and his faith in Tommy. You see, the Green Ranger’s fall from grace is a extremely fascinating story and is only made better by Zordon’s viewpoint. Author Kyle Higgins finally gives you an outside perspective on the major issues and explains some of the major plot points. He just does so in a very unexpected way.
The weird part about this issue is that every single panel is a giant spoiler for the entire series. You literally can’t discuss the plot without mentioning a major moment from each previous issue. So be warned: reading issue #15 takes away some brilliance from the earlier moments if you haven’t previously discovered them. For example, Saba is a bizarre character and learning about him (her?) has been truly enjoyable with each consecutive issue. I can’t imagine how weird it would be to pick up issues 14 or 15 and just see Saba hanging out with no previous explanation.
Learning about story events from Zordon’s perspective is an interesting experience, but something does seem a little off about this particular issue. The change in artist could be part of the disconnect, but Daniel Bayliss does a very good job with his designs. No, the main reason that issue #15 feels strange is the fact that all of these main stories are just pushed to the sidelines. The Power Rangers on the main earth aren’t even mentioned, and the two Rangers in the alternate universe are only briefly discussed. It’s honestly a little sad that none of these characters are included simply because I want to see how their stories play out. The delay just feels like punishment.
As a continuation of the series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #15 does a solid job explaining some of the lesser-known aspects with a new focus on Zordon. However, the sudden changes in both story and art just seem like filler material to keep the comic series going for more issues. At least Higgins includes some important information that could set up a big finale.