‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #5’ Comic Book Review
written by Kyle Higgins; illustrated by Thony Silas; colors by Bryan Valenza; letters by Ed Dukeshire
Well, now here’s a treat. Up until now, I have been impressed with this series. Boom Studios! has given us an up-to-date retelling of the Green Ranger joining the team and it’s been fantastic. In a few issues, we had more character development than a whole season of the original show. Now we have our first major deviation in terms of what we ‘know’ to have happened in that time frame. Until now, we assumed that Tommy was the only teen approached by Rita to be her evil Green Ranger. It turns out she approached Zack first!
The writing is, yet again, top notch, revealing things about characters that never really got explored before. Here we see a Zack who’s feeling under-appreciated due to Jason receiving all the credit from a successful battle in Italy. This results in Rita Repulsa being attempting to recruit him as the Green Ranger. You genuinely feel that he could accept the offer, his resentment of Jason being particularly strong at that point. Kyle Higgins really has a great grasp on how to write these characters. They are, at the same time, true to the original interpretations, while introducing new character traits. And unlike the source material, these character traits stick around and inform the direction of the story rather than being a simple plot device that’s gone by the next episode.
My only gripe so far is that Rita’s henchmen such as Goldar, Finster, etc. are not being seen very much. With that said, as the series has progressed, the characters have each been getting their chance to shine so maybe we’ll see some Goldar action in due time.
It’s nice to see some humor amongst all the angst and resentment and this issue doesn’t disappoint. In response to the Italian President showing defiance in the face of Rita’s attacks, she sends a giant Vitruvian Man monster spouting Da Vinci quotes in Italian while destroying the city. It’s such an ironic image that despite the collateral damage, you can’t help but be amused and a little impressed with Rita’s sense of humor.
Thony Silas has now taken over illustrating duties and what a fine job he does. The art is a little darker than previous issues but it works so well due to the nature of the story and the battle scenes really pop. There’s so much energy in the panels and it’s only helped by Bryan Valenza’s vivid colors. They offset the darker areas so well with the result that nothing looks like it’s just overtaken with shadows.
In a nutshell, this issue takes what’s come before and adds an extra layer of awesomeness in the form of a shocking revelation. It gives Zack more depth as a character and explains his demeanor in previous issues. This is turning out to be one of my favorite comics since Batman: Hush and that’s high praise indeed.
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