Written by: Kyle Higgins
Art by: Hendry Prasetya
It’s been nice to be a fan of The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers lately. Casting information is leaking out about the movie reboot, and BOOM! keeps releasing new issues of Kyle Higgins’ comic series about the titular teen heroes. Issue #1 was a great intro to the new series, but Higgins had a lot of work in order to keep up that entertaining story. The second—technically third—issue of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers may have included a subpar moment, but the added action sequences kept the story entertaining.
Like its predecessor, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #2 follows Tommy’s continued battle against Rita and her villainous flunkies. More importantly, this issue picks up right after #1, as Tommy is deep in tense discussion with Rita’s second-in-command. Apparently the Green Ranger is in possession of a power coin that could cause utter chaos in the wrong hands. The second-in-command will stop at nothing to get the coin, making Tommy’s life much more complicated. As if that wasn’t enough, he was also dealing with Rita’s mental manipulation. Not a good situation.
Of course, Tommy isn’t the only one dealing with a stressful situation. Billy and Trini spend the issue trying to fix a broken Dragonzord, to little avail. In reality, most of their panels are dedicated to deep discussions about the zord’s inner workings. These technical discussions would have been the most interesting part of the issue if not for some concerns on Billy’s end. The Blue Ranger is generally a great character, and his worries are understandable, but some of his comments come across as slightly whiny and make him feel like less of a character.
Not wanting to be left out, Jason and Kim are stuck trying to figure out why Tommy is being such an outcast jerk to everyone. Sure, there are obvious reasons for his distance, but no one truly knows about Rita’s mental tricks. However, there is no time left to discover the reasoning because essentially all hell breaks loose, and the team has to convene for battle.
Luckily, this battle is the best part of the issue. I complained in a previous review that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 didn’t include any battles with the whole team, but this is fixed during #2. The focal point of the issue is a big battle between the putty patrol and the Power Rangers, sans Billy and Trini. The red, black, and pink rangers have to work together to save the green ranger and defeat a horde of enemies. The battle is super entertaining, and it’s only made better by even more fantastic art. Hendry Prasetya’s work acts as a perfect sidekick to the story, and it beautifully captures the Rangers in their outfits.
Once again, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #2 continues the fun of its predecessors. Kyle Higgins has crafted an interesting story, and Hendry Prasetya has added in the beautiful art to enhance the experience. Sure, there are a few moments that aren’t amazing, but the overall experience is fantastic.
Plus, each issue has a bonus comic included focusing on the dopey duo of Bulk and Skull. What’s not to love about that?