REVIEW: ‘Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Issue #50

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #50

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #50, written by Ryan  Parrott, illustrated by Daniele Di Nicuolo, colored by Walter Baiamonte with assistance from Katia Ranalli, and lettered by Ed Dukeshire, is published by BOOM! Studios. The “Necessary Evil” storyline reaches its conclusion as the Power Rangers and Omega Rangers unite to battle Kiya and her Anointed, with the help of the Ranger Slayer and Solar Ranger.

Between the main title, Go Go Power Rangers, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Parrott has effectively cemented himself as the premiere writer for the Power Rangers universe. His script manages to be equal parts hilarious, heartbreaking, and action-packed; this is one of the biggest battles the Rangers have ever fought, and every page sells that. Parrott also pays respect to the work that previous writers Kyle Higgins and Marguerite Bennett did on the title, particularly when it comes to using certain characters.

Di Nicuolo brings his A-game to Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #50. Every page is brimming with action. Whether it’s the Rangers dueling with the wolflike Dayne or an Earth-shaking Megazord fight, there’s never a dull moment. Di Nicuolo also utilizes a neat trick, showcasing the Rangers’ eyes within the visors of their helmets. This is a great way to showcase emotion for characters who are mostly masked.

His design work is also something to behold; not only do the Omega Rangers and Power Rangers wear different suits, but they also have different morphing sequences. The Omega Rangers look like they’re literally erupting with energy when they morph. Di Nicuolo also has the chance to create a new Megazord, and it looks insanely cool. The fight sequences literally spill across pages, as characters engage in battle.

Baiamonte understands that color is key to a Power Rangers story and manages to make every character distinct. Since there are Rangers of multiple colors, this is especially important. He also brings the visual effects to life; from energy looking like it’s ripping apart the page to Rangers shimmering while teleporting, the colors lend even more life to Di Nicuolo’s artwork.

The biggest strength of the issue is that it manages to both effortlessly wrap up the ongoing storyline while setting up seeds for future storylines. It’s a very tricky needle to thread, but the creative team does it with ease. The best example of this lie in the final pages, which sees the return a surprise character. Fans who have been following the series from the first issue will be shocked and intrigued to see where this leads.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #50 deftly brings the “Necessary Evil” storyline to a close while setting up future stories in the Power Rangers universe. After four years, this series still manages to capture the spirit of the television show while deepening the mythology. That is a testament to the creators involved, and I hope it continues to be the standard going forward.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #50 is available wherever comics are sold.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #50
4.5

TL;DR

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #50 deftly brings the “Necessary Evil” storyline to a close while setting up future stories in the Power Rangers universe. After four years, this series still manages to capture the spirit of the television show while deepening the mythology. That is a testament to the creators involved, and I hope it continues to be the standard going forward.