REVIEW: ‘Mighty Morphin,’ Issue #7

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Mighty Morphin #7 - But Why Tho?

Mighty Morphin #7 is published by BOOM! Studios, written by Ryan Parrott, illustrated by Marco Renna, colored by Walter Baiamonte (with assistance from Katia Ranalli and Sara Antonellini), and lettered by Ed Dukeshire. After entering the dome surrounding Angel Grove in the previous issue, the Power Rangers are shocked to discover that their city is still standing and that the new Green Ranger and Promethea have formed an unholy alliance. When the Rangers confront Zedd, he offers to leave Earth and never return in exchange for a surprising price.

With this issue, the roles of Zedd and the Rangers are essentially flipped: Zedd is the benevolent savior of Angel Grove and the Rangers are the insurgent force disrupting things. Parrott’s script interrogates a few conventions that most Power Rangers fans have taken for granted. For all the good they’ve done the Power Rangers are still teenagers who were pulled into an intergalactic war that’s been raging for centuries. It’s not hard to see how Zedd convinced Promethea to work with him, or why the Rangers might potentially consider his request.

The issue also continues to build on Zordon’s past as one of the Guardians of Eltar while connecting to events going on in Mighty Morphin‘s sister title Power Rangers. Parrott makes these connections seem almost effortless. which is a testament to his skill as a writer. Even if readers haven’t been catching up with the events of Power Rangers, they’ll know that something dangerous is coming for the Earth. And the readers who are following Power Rangers will appreciate the shoutout.

The Power Rangers comics are well known for their bombastic action sequences and Renna delivers in this regard. Over the course of the issue, the Rangers battle Promethea’s soldiers and the Green Ranger, as well as Goldar and Zedd’s other minions. Tommy is even able to get to his Tigerzord and repower it, which leads to a battle with one of the Chaos Putties. These battles are fast and furious, amplified by the Rangers’ feelings: they all feel betrayed-and Tommy is especially angry at the Green Ranger for his part in Zedd’s takeover. This leads to the most striking image in the issue, which features the Green and White Rangers’ blades colliding as they stare each other down.

On the colorists’ side, Baiamonte, Ranalli, and Antonellini play with a number of different palettes depending on the environment. Angel Grove itself remains relatively bright and peaceful despite the nature of its current occupants. The Power Rangers’ command center is awash in a cool blue, which matches Zordon’s unearthly hue. And Promethea’s headquarters is a sterile, imposing white-which extends to the armor its soldiers wear. Color often sets the mood in a comic, and nowhere is that more clear than in a Power Rangers book.

Mighty Morphin #7 upends the traditional dynamic between Lord Zedd and the Power Rangers, presenting the young heroes with a monumental choice.  Given the deal Zedd offers them, and his actions in Angel Grove, the Rangers may be faced with a threat they can’t fight with martial arts or a Megazord-and that’s raised the stakes in ways I never saw coming.

Mighty Morphin #7 is available wherever comics are sold.

Mighty Morphin #7
4.5

TL;DR

Mighty Morphin #7 upends the traditional dynamic between Lord Zedd and the Power Rangers, presenting the young heroes with a monumental choice.  Given the deal Zedd offers them, and his actions in Angel Grove, the Rangers may be faced with a threat they can’t fight with martial arts or a Megazord-and that’s raised the stakes in ways I never saw coming.