Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Review: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Volume One by Kyle Higgins et al.

Synopsis: The forecast in Angel Grove today calls for sunshine and a chance of... monsters from space? Longtime fans of the smash-hit show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and newcomers to this ensemble driven series, will discover a deeply compelling world packed with highflying adventure and tremendous heart. Welcome to Angel Grove. Home to the Power Rangers and weekly monster attacks. Tommy Oliver was the new kid in town when evil doer, Rita Repulsa, swooped in and made him the Green Ranger. Now, free from her mind control, Tommy struggles to find balance between the plights of high school, making new friends, and the dangers that come with being a hero. Writer Kyle Higgins (C.O.W.L., Nightwing) and artist Hendry Prasetya (Voodoo vs. Green Lantern) explore the untold story in the life of the Green Ranger as he struggles to overcome his demons and learns to trust again. This collection also features short stories from Steve Orlando (Midnighter), Corin Howell (Bat-Mite), Mairghread Scott (Transformers:Windblade) and Daniel Bayliss (Kennel Block Blues) (from the online description)

Review:  I’m a bit late to the Power Ranger Fandom, being that I didn’t watch my first episode until after I married a man who spent large chunks of his childhood watching/re-enacting Power Rangers. The premise had so much potential but the show wastes it on cheesy fights, shallow characters, and ridiculous dialogue.
The graphic novel almost redeems that. Although we see tried-n-true (or worn-out) superhero tropes as the bases for the story, there is more depth here than I expected. Tommy, with his PTSD, the conflict of leadership, Billy with his self-doubt, these all had dimensions not seen in the show. And the fights – so much better. There is a sense of actual danger and violence. The Zords actually seem useful.  There was a bit of darkness to the story, and that had always been what is missing from the show. There is so much potential for a gritty, violent, story line and I hope the graphic novel creates that.
I enjoyed this story far more than I anticipated and I’m eager to read the second installment.

Bookmarks: 8 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 978-1-60886-893-3
Year Published:  2016
Date Finished: 12-23-2016
Pages: N/A

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