Mighty Morphin’ #1 is the beginning of a new comic book era for the classic heroes of Angel Grove, featuring writing by Ryan Parrott with artistry from Marco Renna.
Before beginning this review, I need new readers to be aware of the fact that I am a fairly casual Power Rangers fan. As a result, I am not up to speed on the events of the previous Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic series from Boom, or the Necessary Evil event.
This new issue is the beginning of a new era for the Rangers in comics. Power Rangers #1, the companion book to Mighty Morphin #1 releases next Wednesday, November 11th, and will follow the Omega Rangers.
The Starting Line For New Power Rangers Fans
Now, the fact that this book heads off a new era for the team, it should be a natural jumping on point. While it largely succeeds in that, there are several plot points and callbacks that went over my head, as I expect will be the case for most new readers of Boom Studios! flagship comic book line.
The primary antagonist is Lord Zedd and his minions, while the team’s primary plotline is plotting and eventually attempting to uncover the identity of the mysterious new Green Ranger who appeared for the first time in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #55. Supporting plotlines briefly explore Zordon’s backstory as a Guardian of Eltar as well as the relationship web of Bulk, Skull, and his girlfriend who harbors a fascinating secret.
Longtime readers of my work here at The Illuminerdi may recall that my very first article published here was a review of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4. That wonderful book was also penned by Ryan Parrott, and he has just as firm a grasp on the intricacies and inner workings of the Power Rangers universe, now, as he did back then.
His respect and love for the source material is tangible. Even someone like me, who isn’t a diehard megafan, can feel and respect his desire to expand this beloved world in exciting, unique ways.
Continuing The Ranger Tradition Of Eye Catching Imagery
Artist Marco Renna does absolutely spectacular work bringing the fantastical settings of Eltar, Angel Grove, and Zordon’s lair to life. Furthermore, his combat scenes are energetic and animated, flowing in a dynamic and highly entertaining fashion. This comic series very much falls in line with the high octane serialized format used by the original television series, and if imitation is the highest form of flattery, Saban’s cheeks must be bright red.
Few comic books that move with such speed achieve the level of grace that Mighty Morphin does. My applause goes out to Marco Renna, colorist Walter Baiamonte, Katia Ranalli and letterer Ed Dukeshire. Even if you don’t fall in love with the story, the artwork alone makes this book a worthy addition to any comic book collection.
If you’re interested in breaking into the world of Power Rangers comic books, Mighty Morphin #1 is a solid place to start. The storyline, for the most part, is standard Power Rangers fare, and can be enjoyed by most anyone with a love for the fantastical. The seeds of a larger story are sowed with great care, and many fans, including myself, cannot wait to learn more about Zordon’s time on Eltar, and of course, the identity of the new Green Ranger.
Pick up Mighty Morphin #1, written by John Parrott, with art from Marco Renna, at a comic book shop near you. After reading, let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media!