Power Rangers #1
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1
Written by: Kyle Higgins
Illustrated by: Hendry Prasetya
Boom! Studios finally released issue one of the new Power Rangers comic book, which is very exciting. With the new Power Rangers movie coming out next year, it was a perfect time to bring back some good memories for all the grown up kids, like myself, that worshiped the TV show in the 90’s. This is a re-telling of the original series, so the nostalgia hits hard with that generation. Considering that a lot of fans from back in the day have kids now, introducing the series to their children can create bonds that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.
I have not read issue #0 of Power Rangers, so that may have been a problem in understanding Tommy’s inner conflict throughout the issue. While it was an interesting arc for a huge character, I couldn’t quite understand the depth of his confusion. However, Kyle Higgins did a great job in explaining all you need to know in a way that adds to the story itself. The problem I had with his writing was how sappy and cheesy it became so quickly. I want to see the rangers express originality, and I know that they are teenagers, but I’ve seen those characters in all my years of life. You could make the argument that the TV show was like that, but if you’re going to reboot the series, it should create a unique path instead of following one 23 years old.
The art by Prasetya and Herms had some nice layers to it. While I’m fresh off of dialogue, I love how they made Zordon’s text a separate color from everyone else’s. The classic Zordon voice needed to stand out, and I think the slight change of color made all the difference. What it does is make you realize it’s someone else talking because the text will blend in after a while, but I caught myself doing the Zordon voice in my head just by realizing that it was him talking. Important characters in this issue are illustrated and colored differently than the pedestrians, which is another instance of pointing out the importance of character diversity. Granted, you only see that art away from the drama when they’re out of their suits; I still think it is a brilliant way to detail the characters.
I recommend picking up issue #1 but make sure to snag the zero issue as well. It’s so cool to see the Power Rangers come back to life, and I can’t wait to see how it goes over with all of the new readers they’ll be introducing the series to. Check out the Boom! Studios’ website here.