Mighty Morphin #8 by Ryan Parrott

Mighty Morphin #8Mighty Morphin #8 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tommy’s on the ropes, even with Aisha’s help, but Matt arrives in the Dragon Zord just in time to save the day, free Angel Grove and defeat Lord Zedd. But not before Zedd can kidnap Skull’s girlfriend (who’s actually an Eltarian Guardian…you know, like Zordon, except she’s not just a head).

Also, now Billy’s lies and deceit are exposed he has to deal with the consequences.

This is cracking stuff, with all the soap opera like drama and insane action you expect from the Power Rangers.

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Mighty Morphin #7 by Ryan Parrott

Mighty Morphin #7Mighty Morphin #7 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book just keeps getting better. Finally inside the dome, the Rangers find that Lord Zedd has his putties busy rebuilding the city and his monsters are fighting crime.

What can be going through his gross, exposed mind?

Well, we do find out what he’s up to, but it’s the final page reveal, so I won’t spoil it.

I’m really enjoying finding out more of Zordon’s back story and it’s being neatly woven into main plot too.

It’s well written and the art is gorgeous, what more could you possibly want?

Kimberly being sassy? That’s here too!

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Mighty Morphin #6 by Ryan Parrott

Mighty Morphin #6Mighty Morphin #6 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We slow the pace waaaay down this issue, which is fine, it can’t be all action all the time. Well, it can be, but then the comic would just be the TV show and there’d be very little room for plot or character development.

The team basically spend most of this issue angsting about the fact that the military are going to nuke Angel Grove unless they can lower Lord Zedd’s energy dome in thirty six hours…and they have no idea how to do that. This provides an opportunity for Parrot to subvert the Power Rangers usual hyper-positivity as the whole team are worried that their family and friends are being tortured by Lord Zedd and Tommy’s attempt to give them all a rousing pep talk falls flat.

I’m guess next issue we’re going to flash back to what the heck has been going on in the dome in the meantime because, SPOILERS, when the team finally makes it inside the dome it seems that the new Green Ranger has flipped sides…which is pretty much the Green Ranger’s trademark move, so we should probably have seen it coming…

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Mighty Morphin #5 by Ryan Parrot

Mighty Morphin #5Mighty Morphin #5 by Ryan Parrot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We take a breather from wall to wall action to find out how Matt became the Green Ranger, following him over the weeks leading up to the events in #4.

It’s incredibly well done, given that I had literally no idea who Matt was going in to this, I now feel like I’m caught up and understand who the character is and what motivates him. It’s a fascinating look into what makes a Ranger, and even though Zordon didn’t create him, Matt most definitely has the spirit of a Power Ranger.

As others have pointed out it also confirms that the coin and the morphing process imbue a Ranger with fighting skills they might not have otherwise possessed.

This is great stuff, and provides the deeper dive into Power Rangers lore that the TV show is, inevitably, unable to deliver.

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Mighty Morphin #4 by Ryan Parrott

Mighty Morphin #4Mighty Morphin #4 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is great stuff. Action packed. Full of drama. We get some back story for Zordon (who wasn’t always a big, blue floating head) and the Power Rangers are essentially beaten by Lord Zedd.

The whole of Angel Grove is trapped under a giant energy dome and the Rangers are trapped on the outside…all except the mysterious Green Ranger. And the Green Ranger is…some guy!

Well, I’m sure that people who haven’t started reading Power Rangers with this series know who he is, but I haven’t a clue. Which brings me back to a complain that I’ve mostly had of this book’s sister book, Power Rangers…it’s incredibly inaccessible for new readers.

Still, it’s a ton of fun, and I’m sure I’ll catch up eventually!

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Mighty Morphin #3 by Ryan Parrott

Mighty Morphin #3Mighty Morphin #3 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Mighty Morphin continue to battle Lord Zed’s powered up putties, Adam is made to turn on his friends and…Billy’s secret is out!

Which all sounds very dramatic, because it is. This is good stuff. I honestly have no idea who that is that’s behind the Green Ranger, but I’m assuming that if Billy helped her then she can’t be bad. Zordon, however, is continuing his habit of being a big, grumpy, blue head and disapproving of anyone who does anything that wasn’t his idea.

All of this is making me want to read what’s come before so I can actually understand everything that’s going on. But until I can do that I’m just going to enjoy the ride!

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Mighty Morphin #2 by Ryan Parrott

Mighty Morphin #2Mighty Morphin #2 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This felt like a big improvement over #1, probably because I felt less confused. I’ve got a ton of Power Rangers back issues to read to make me even less confused…if only I had the time to actually read them!

The Mighty Morphin team are busy dealing with the ramifications of the Omega Rangers’ seeming betrayal, as Zordon decides to send out a galactic APB for the Omega team. On one hand, this feels like a classic “big misunderstanding” plotline, but it’s really not. I think both teams understood completely what the other were saying, but both were convinced they were in the right and so were unwilling to budge. Only time will tell whether freeing Drakkon was the right thing to do or not. Maybe he is the lesser of two evils, but maybe his ultimate betrayal is also inevitable…and both teams will be both right and wrong. Oooo…moral ambiguity in Power Rangers! There’s an idea…

The art is also great and this may be the first time in history that I’ve found myself actually liking Bulk and Skull!

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Mighty Morphin #1 by Ryan Parrott

Mighty Morphin #1Mighty Morphin #1 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is good, with sharp writing and stylish, clean art.

But, as a first issue…? It really assumes you’ve been reading Boom’s previous Power Rangers comics, and…sadly…I have not…so I felt a little lost.

The team spend a lot of time speculating as to who the new Green Ranger might be. Could he be Drakkon? Could he be someone else? And…as a new reader I was left thinking, “What Green Ranger?” and “Who’s Drakkon?” I mean, I have a vague awareness of who Drakkon is, but it would have been helpful if they’d taken a little time to fill new readers in.

That said, these felt like the same characters I’m familiar with from the show, and I like that they’ve kept the Bulk & Skull b-plot tradition from the show too. It also helps that Bulk and Skull are nowhere near as irritating as they were on TV…but maybe that’s because that stupid music doesn’t play every time they show up!

I liked this and it’s probably done enough to make me stick around for a while…and maybe pick up some back issues to figure out what’s going on…

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