REVIEW: ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’, Issue #51

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #51

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #51, written by Ryan Parrott, illustrated by Moises Hildago, colored by Walter Baiamonte, and lettered by Ed Dukeshire, is published by BOOM! Studios. This issue begins the “Aftermath” story arc and picks up immediately from the previous issue’s cliffhanger. Lord Drakkon has returned, and the Power Rangers are torn over how to handle their deadliest foe. Meanwhile, Lord Zedd hatches a plan to destroy the Rangers once and for all.

Parrott and Hildago effortlessly use the momentum of the previous issue to set up the new story arc. Parrott’s script once again pulls from four years of established comic canon, the biggest example being the return of Lord Drakkon. Drakkon established a totalitarian rule in his reality and became a godlike being in the “Shattered Grid” storyline. So for him to be teetering on the edge of sanity (even more than he already is) means something worse is on the horizon.

Parrott also manages to give each and every Ranger a solid character moment. Billy is shaken by Drakkon’s return and tries to hide it; Rocky runs into an old flame of Kimberly’s; Aisha and Tommy discuss what to do now that Drakkon has returned. The beauty of the Power Rangers is that they work just as well as individuals as they do a team, and Parrott switches effortlessly between both modes.

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The same can be said of the villains, especially Lord Zedd. After being imprisoned during the “Necessary Evil” storyline, Zedd has returned with a vengeance. Even better, he plays the long game, building up to the Rangers’ eventual defeat. Zedd is one of the most terrifying villains in the Power Rangers universe, and it’s great to be reminded of that.

Hildago’s art brings Parrott’s script to life. Previous artists on Rangers, including Daniele Di Niculo and Simone Di Meo, have brought an animated vibe to the title. Hildago is no different, however in a first for a Rangers artist he thrives in the shadows. A good example of this is when Drakkon first appears. Tommy’s face is covered by shadow and eyes narrowed in determination, while Drakkon’s face is also covered in darkness as a hint of rage appears in his eyes. Not only is this a great example of using lighting to set mood, it’s also supremely striking because they’re both the same man.

Hildalgo also gets to design a new look for Drakkon. Gone are his white helmet and armor; in their place is a ragged brown cloak and a shaved head. Clothing can inform character, and Drakkon’s new wardrobe alongside his crazed, feral behavior hints at the fact that he’s been put through the wringer.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #51 is the perfect jumping-on point for readers old and new and brings back a fan-favorite character. Parrott continues to prove that he is a worthy architect for the Power Rangers mythos, and Hildago brings his own artistic flair to the proceedings. I can’t wait to see the new threat teased in this issue, as well as more of Lord Zedd.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #51 is available wherever comics are sold.

 

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #51
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TL;DR

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #51 is the perfect jumping-on point for readers old and new and brings back a fan-favorite character. Parrott continues to prove that he is a worthy architect for the Power Rangers mythos, and Hildago brings his own artistic flair to the proceedings. I can’t wait to see the new threat teased in this issue, as well as more of Lord Zedd.