The “Power Rangers” franchise was an unforgettable peak in the childhood of many fans from the ’90s and ’00s with its collectible action figures, rockin’ theme songs and countless spinoffs. The renowned wave of superheroes started with the legendary “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” TV series from the mid-’90s. This show was based on the Japanese TV series “Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger” and set up the American TV landscape for 26 years of “Power Rangers” programming. Not getting left out of the common superhero markets, the series has been closely reproduced by various comic book studios over the last few decades, such as Marvel Comics back in 1995. BOOM! Studios currently has the helm.
BOOM! Studios, located in Los Angeles and owned by the Walt Disney Company, has been publishing American comic books and graphic novels since 2005. The first issue of its 2016 “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” series sold about an astounding 100,000 copies. Inspired by the original series, except set in the modern day, the story continues with the newest issue and 46th installment, “Necessary Evil.” After the defeat of Zedd and Rita, the rangers are left deliberating whether to continue their superhero adventures or to return to normal lifestyles. This dilemma is all scattered into confusion when the new Omega Rangers are betrayed by one of their own, however.
One of the more pivotal elements of a successful comic book is how the layout and design cater to a smooth dialogue, emphasizing the correct actions and guiding angles for readers’ eyes. “Necessary Evil” achieves and exceeds this standard, bringing in visually stunning scenes that flow from one image to the next rather than leaving readers confused or having to constantly backtrack. The only reason one might stop would be to admire and indulge in the detailed illustrations by Daniele Di Nicuolo that bring these characters’ personalities to life.
Throughout the book, Di Nicuolo’s artistic style and panache serve the narrative well, bringing forth flourishing complements of humor and action. When single frames are the only chance to communicate an entire message, Di Nicuolo captures these moments skillfully, especially in the characters’ facial expressions and demeanors. Accompanying the illustrations are polished and vibrant colors, rendered by Walter Baiamonte and Katia Ranalli, that blend and change frequently from page to page, keeping readers undistracted and in tune with the progression of the narrative.
The story, written by Ryan Parrott, doesn’t waste time, moving as fast as a Marvel film and pacing itself on the edge of exuberance. It’s a perfect tonal match to the way “Power Rangers” is usually framed, but what’s added is the extra attention put on romantic relationships between the rangers. Some audiences might prefer keeping the original color and innocence of “Power Rangers,” where the story is just Zords killing bad guys, but others might appreciate these new attributes since they seem to be done in a mostly tasteful fashion.
For those who have invariably wished for a continuation of the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” show, this comic could satisfy. It brings forth other dimensions and twists in the plotline that breed enough interest to follow, keeping close to the heart of “Power Rangers” while opening gateways for a modern take appealing to younger generations. Hopefully, this ongoing remake will be able to serve older fans while simultaneously creating new ones.
“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #46” is an action-packed adventure for those who want a whiff of nostalgia, as well as for the next generation of kids or other newcomers to experience the world of “Power Rangers.”
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