Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1
Writers: Kyle Higgins, Steve Orlando
Artists: Hendry Prasetya, Corin Howell
The highly anticipated issue #1 of BOOM! Studios’ ongoing Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series is here! Tommy Oliver struggles with his new role as the Green Ranger as Rita Repulsa clouds his mind with doubt and his fellow Rangers begin to question his place on the team.
As I stated in my review for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #0, I’m a big fan of the various series but I wasn’t very impressed with the book so far and unfortunately this issue didn’t change my mind. I think I’ll start by getting the negative stuff out of the way, because the stuff I liked in this issue I liked a great deal, but there was just so little of it that it was too disappointing and ultimately overshadowed by the bad. I don’t like the blandness of the characters; in the television show they had distinct personalities and aside from some throw away lines about Billy and Trini running diagnostics on the Zords, there was just nothing that set Tommy, Billy, Zack, Jason, Trini, and Kimberly apart from one another. Kyle Higgins needs to step up and embrace their personalities. It’s almost as if he’s afraid to commit to their individuality for fear of making it too dated and campy, which I understand completely, but if he doesn’t want to take the route of campy he needs to find a way to make the characters distinctive in a new and unique way because they’re coming off super stale and indistinguishable. Also, these Rangers drink coffee now, not juice…cool?
Maybe I’m comparing this too sternly against its television counterpart, but it is an adaptation of a beloved source material. Maybe I’m letting my love for the 90’s show I grew up with hold this book to a higher standard than most casual fans would, but I just feel these things really hurt the book and I’d like to see them fixed moving forward. Another thing that hurt the experience for me was Bulk and Skull; their podcast shtick was a big miss and it just dragged on and on. I understand they were trying to show the differing public opinions about the Green Ranger, but it really missed the mark and it was boring. Also, there was so little actual Ranger action in this issue it almost put me to sleep. We don’t even see the actual Rangers do anything until the very end of the book.
Finally some positives, when we DO see the Power Rangers suit up (albeit it only in a simulation) it is awesome! Seriously, there is so much potential in this series because it is unrestricted by budget and effects. We can get the big giant Zord fights we always wanted! We can get the cool monster designs and all the other great stuff money hasn’t allowed us MMPR fans to have. The little bit at the end was great, and the art was amazing! Hendry Prasetva did a great job with rendering some really neat battles and I just wish there was more of that. I want less of the boring and bland characters that lack definition and more kickass fight scenes in issue #2, please! I’m still bummed that the characters look nothing like the actors that portrayed them in the series, but that’s understandable and I won’t knock Prasetva for that.
We also got another edition of “The Ongoing Adventures of Bulk and Skull” to end things with. This little treat at the end does harken back to the TV show a lot more than the actual book does, which is a nice touch. Thanks to Steve Orlando’s writing Bulk and Skull come off so much better than they do in the main story, but the art by Corin Howell is a bit weaker. I honestly wish the main story was more of a tribute not afraid to embrace it’s sillier roots like this is, but at least we get these tiny and fun treats where I can relive the fun days of my youth.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1
- Art - 8.5/108.5/10
- Story - 6.5/106.5/10