Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Illustrator: Hendry Prasetya
Colours: Matt Herms
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers continue to face an all-too-familiar threat as Scorpina begins to pilot the Dragonzord into the heart of Angel Grove. Powered by a green crystal that feeds on Chaos Energy, it falls to the Power Rangers to stop her and the plans of Rita Repulsa, but they are a man down when they can’t trust one of their own, the Green Ranger.
This is the first of the issues in this series that has begun to feel more like the original episodes, though the pacing of the action is a lot better and not the usual fight in stages building up to the Megazord. It is nice to see them using the Zords as individual pieces, showing off their own skills rather than just having them become five separate vehicles – pointless, only used to painfully try to set up how powerful the enemy is. It could be seen as just that in this comic as they couldn’t stop the generic shark monster without combining. The story continues to focus on the dynamic between Tommy, the Green Ranger, and Jason, the Red Ranger. The rift that forms between them is when Tommy finds it hard to follow Jason’s orders absolutely, like the rest of the Rangers, while Jason is struggling to put his trust in Tommy after his recent episode. It paints the Rangers in a more militaristic light, the way they follow Jason as a leader so unquestioningly – it is actually a little unsettling.
Power Rangers’ artwork continues to be an enjoyable factor of this series. It manages to both capture the feel of the original show, with scenes like the Power Rangers morphing and the designs on familiar settings, while updating it to look more like something from this decade. It is a solid mixture of nostalgia and modern that really blends well. The visuals seem to be really inspired from the show’s Japanese origins, complete with speed lines and giant text on panel like it came straight out of an episode of ‘Kill La Kill.’ While the art might not do anything outstanding or breathtaking, never does it show any characters of model or poses that just seem awkward. It might play it a little safe, but it never disappoints.
Like all the previous issues this one also ends on a Bulk and Skull two-page story, this time seeing them try to play hero to impress people, like Kimberly and Trinny. The whole story seems to be a bit more kid friendly and reads more like an ongoing comic you would find in a newspaper. Visually it clashes with the rest of the comic, and story wise it doesn’t come across as all that entertaining. It just falls a little flat at the end.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #4 is an issue that shows that this series is going from strength to strength. It is able to use the old Power Rangers mythos and tell a story that is both familiar yet feels fresh. The art is very enjoyable and complements it well. While the story does seem to be a little repetitive with the ‘can the trust the Green Ranger?’ story, what is around that is enjoyable enough you can forgive them for taking their time with the plot.