MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS #25 Review
Written by Kyle Higgins
Illustrated by Daniele Di Nicuolo
Colored by Walter Baiamonte
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
Cover Illustrated by Goni Montes
Published by BOOM! Studios
With Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #25, BOOM! Studios, along with writer Kyle Higgins and Artist Daniele Di Nicuolo, kicks off its highly anticipated Shattered Grid event. As an opening chapter, MMPR #25 spends most of its pages setting the stage for Shattered Grid. That said, it does so seamlessly and offers up an entertaining installment with great emotional hooks.
Note: Review copies of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #25 had their final eight pages redacted to avoid major spoilers. As a result, this review reflects only the parts of the story that were provide provided for review.
MINOR SPOILERS FOR MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS #25 BELOW
Shattered Grid Begins
As mentioned above, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #25 has a lot of table-setting to achieve between its covers.
The opening sequence introduces the Time Force Power Rangers as they race to prevent spacetime from shattering. It’s an exciting and fast-paced hook to start Shattered Grid
The story then cuts to the titular Mighty Morphin’ team as they review the footage from Lord Drakkon’s escape. This slower, more intimate scene provides some necessary catch up, especially for new readers.
The issue shifts gears again, this time to the newly escaped Lord Drakkon as he attempts to restore his powers. Drakkon’s scenes reintroduce the character while reminding readers how dangerous he is.
The rest of the issue’s pages work toward situating the members the main cast. Tommy and Kimberly’s budding romance moves to the forefront of the book, giving it a very important emotional hook.
The Writing of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #25
Writer Kyle Higgins (Nightwing) sets a lot of balls rolling in this slightly oversized issue. And under another writer, this issue might have felt schizophrenic. But Higgens succeeds in balancing all his threads while building an epic stage with big, emotional stakes.
Earlier in the series, the creators took the time to slowly grow the story out from the traditional Power Rangers format. Each issue and each arc has layered on new ideas, and this event continues that excellent trend. By starting with the Time Force team trying to save reality, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers instantly expands the series’ scope. Under Higgins, MMPR has taken the core conceits of the franchise and build them up and out. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers is now a book that can tell any kind of story. Moreover, it’s a book that continually outdoes itself.
More impressively, though, Higgins gives readers a reason to care. One of the biggest problems in most major crossover stories is the lack of an emotional hook. Readers rarely get much to invest in. But Higgins gives readers of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #25 not one, but two mirroring emotional hooks. The ongoing budding romance between Tommy and Kimberly remains one of the hearts of the series. And though it’s a small moment with unfamiliar characters, Wes and Jen’s relationship feels important. If you didn’t care about these characters before reading, you do by the end of the issue.
Higgins’ handle on the Time Force Rangers feels especially strong. There’s an obvious care with which these characters are being written–especially the Pink Time Force Ranger. And this epitomizes his track record on the series. After 25 issues, he’s still batting a thousand. Whatsmore, there’s no indication that that’s going to change anytime soon, if ever.
The Art of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #25
Joining the series on art this issue is Daniele Di Nicuolo (The Infinite Loop). For the most part, MMPR has given readers clean line art with a hint of cartoony-ness. Di Nicuolo’s art in this issue—mostly–keeps with that presentation.
Scenes with the Power Rangers in costume look great. The opening sequence, which is by far the best-looking group of pages in the book, is dynamic and kinetic. It’s also packed emotion, an impressive feat given Di Nicuolo’s characters’ faces are completely obscured by their helmets.
Scenes in which the Rangers appear out of costume, however, come across as more cartoony. Di Nicuolo’s faces, in particular, stand out. Their exaggerated features look more anime-influenced than the other scenes in the book.
This is not to say the art is in any way bad. Its perfectly serviceable and clear art. It does, however, look more uneven than other MMPR issues.
Those Last Eight Pages…
As was the case with Go Go Power Rangers #8, one of the Shattered Grid prelude issues, BOOM! redacted the last few pages of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #25 until its release. When GGPR #8 was released two weeks ago, those last few pages added some truly interesting wrinkles and revelations.
Given Higgin’s track record, one can only assume MMPR #25’s redacted pages will be game-changers, too.
The Bottom Line
Despite uneven art from Di Nicuolo, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #25 is a great start to Shattered Grid. This new arc serves to further expand the scope of the MMPR and is entirely successful in that right. And Higgins absolutely fires on all cylinders. Readers will walk away from this book with plenty of story to chew on. Moreover, they’ll have a couple of great emotional hooks to bring them back for the next issue.
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #25 hits comic shops tomorrow.
Frank Gogol is a comic book writer who dabbles in reviewing and interviewing as a way to learn his craft. His approach is equal parts critique and analysis. For more from Frank, follow him @frankgogol on Twitter.