Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #3 Writer: Kyle Higgins Pencils Hendry Prasetya Colors: Matt Herms Letters: Ed Dukeshire Publisher: Boom Studios
Writer Kyle Higgins continues to explore more in depth and expand to the lure of the one of the most popular franchises of the 1990’s, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, in superb fashion. With the highly anticipated 2017 feature film by Lionsgate Studios, this comic is a perfect supplement to satisfy your appetite while you wait for the movie to be released in March of next year.
Higgins opens the comic with showing us a bit of insight into Goldar’s psychological mentality. We see that he’s very ashamed that he’s failed his queen by losing the Green Ranger. Giving us another layer to Goldar we’ve never seen before, giving off somewhat of a noble black knight vibe.
The comic then transitions to the main focus of the series thus far, Tommy Oliver, the Green Ranger. Rita is still playing mind games with him and we get more context as to what her goals are. She is after the Dragonzord and after the Green Ranger powers. She reveals that while Tommy may not be under her spell anymore, she’s still in tune with his powers. Which is understandable considering that she created them, so it’ll only make sense that she would have influence over whoever holds them. It’s quality layered story telling in a Power Rangers comic, who’d of thought.
This issue then continues to build on characters and themes that were highlights in the previous issue. We see another strong character scene with Trini, the Yellow Ranger. Again she’s portrayed as a very compassionate and optimistic individual who wants to help those in need of support. I really like and appreciate that Higgins is examining and adding more depth to these characters, beyond the stereotypes that were established in the TV-series.
Another unsettling and worrisome point carried on in this issue is that some of the Rangers continue to doubt Tommy. Questioning just how effective was Rita’s brainwashing and whether or not it’s still influencing him. It’s revealed that the one at the most unease is Zack, the Black Ranger and Jason, the Red Ranger starts to lean more and more towards Zack’s point of view. It’ll make sense that this would happen as Tommy is relatively new in town and they’ve only just met him. Also the vast majority of the time they’ve known him he has been their foe and an obstacle to their mission to protect Earth from Rita.
Issue three keeps the collaboration of Hendry Prasetya on pencils with Matt Herms on colors and once again, they impress. Prasetya is able to capture the likeness of the characters doppelgängers while giving them a more modern vibe. The comic doesn’t have much to offer in terms of action but the little that there is looks top notch. It’s fast paced, exciting, and really captures the size and scale of the Zords. The action scene takes place at night as the previous issue did and it’s a fitting choice. The bright colored costumes really pop and draw attention from the eyes.
I never thought I’d say this but the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic is one of the most complex comic books today. At least by the quality of the ones I’ve read this year and in its relatively young history. It’s a book with multiple layers to it in terms of characters, story, and themes. I can’t quite say that this issue ups the ante from the previous but Higgins does a solid job of continuing and capturing that high standards that this new series has earned. Add the nostalgia and strong writing on top of first-class artwork and this is a comic that all former Power Ranger kids should jump aboard on.
Score: 4 out of 5
Review by Eric Bradach