Papercutz will be presenting their first Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic on Free Comic Book Day (May 3rd). You can contact your local comic book store to see whether they are participating in the FCBD event. To learn more about Papercutz Power Rangers Graphic Novels, check out Graphic Novels page on Megaforce Cast and the Discussion Thread on RangerCrew.
The cover shows the first sign of the vintage artistic style used throughout the issue. I’m pleased that artist took this approach to provide appropriate homage to the comics that released twenty years ago. The composition of the cover feels appropriate with the consistent morph pattern (middle-right-left). Papercutz is well-known for making full panel pages that would make great posters.
The first page is a letter from Jim Salicrup (Editor in Chief) welcoming the audience to Free Comic Book Day and introducing them to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers graphic novel. Jim states that the novel is about the events that took place after Mighty Morphin Power Rangers “White Light” episodes. RangerCrew is also credited on this page. After the letter page, Papercutz has a page dedicated to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers show summary with two images of the Command Center and the Power Rangers. The next pages are dedicated to the primary characters (minus Zordon, Alpha, and villains) of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Each character profile follows the same concept used in Papercutz’s Power Rangers graphic novels. Tommy’s profile show two “Green Ranger” related images. These images should be White Ranger focus to match the novel and profile page’s title. The page also shows a Megazord image instead of a White Tigerzord. Bulk and Skull’s profile is a fun page with Weapon defined as Bullying and Zord defined as “They don’t know what that is.”
By Bug Betrayed
The title page shows the six teenagers, including Tommy in his new white outfit, in the Rad Bug. The page hints that the novel’s events take place after the White Light mini-series. The title page also mentions the Scarlet Sentinel, White Ranger as the new leader, and Rita Repulsa back in the dumpster as nods to the White Light episodes. The Rad Bug vehicle was only used in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 1. The vehicle was a great way to incorporate conversations during long distance transportation rather than the quick teleportation means. Most of the character renderings are the expected representation of the MMPR Season 2 characters. Zack is sporting his Season 2 hair style. The outfits are very similar, but not exact, to their clothing from the actual episodes.
The conversation concept works out nicely with more nods to Angela, Bulk, and Spike (intended to be Skull). Rita has a few dialogues during the conversation. These nods should the appropriate details that an anniversary product should show. The same expectation goes for the actual show, but we only get to see Gokaiger (Super Sentai) content with past season and a few morph calls. Graphic novels have more flexibility in story telling and this is immediately noticed in the first few pages.
The scene cuts to Lord Zedd’s lair, which has an odd representation of a viewing screen. The first two panels in the page are near identical. The second panel could’ve been split into two focusing on the two conversation bubbles (Radbug and Squatt). The villain renderings turned out pretty good.
Lord Zedd finds a way to really mess with the Rangers by going after the Rad Bug. This page is a real turning point by giving true focus to the Rad Bug, which was one of my favorite vehicles in the early seasons. At first, the Rangers are startled and think that Rita (still in the trunk) is responsible. The vehicle develops the typical monster personality and starts communicating with the Rangers. The opening line with “Rainbow Rangers” was hilarious. Zordon informs the Rangers about Lord Zedd’s plot. One subtle attention that I liked was Billy’s reaction to his prized possession.
The Rangers morph into action with the old school morph screen. Tommy says “White Tiger Tigerzord!” rather than the simple “Tigerzord” phrase. The morph sequence is also out of order. After the morph, we get a group shot of Power Rangers.
The Rangers fires blasts from their weapons towards the wheels. They should’ve been using their Blade Blasters rather than the Power Weapons. The following panel mentions the Blade Blasters but the panel showed that the blasts were emitted from their weapons. Rita continues with her rants from the dumpster. I’m not a fan of the dialogue in the following panel when Saba refers to Billy as “Blue” rather than “Blue Ranger” and White Ranger uses “My Saber, Saba” rather than the simple Saba. Saba can be comical at times, but he appears to be formal and respective to the Rangers. White Ranger has never addressed Saba as his personal weapon.
The Rangers work together and use their weapons to slow down the vehicle. The plan works and flips Rad Bug on its back with a nice joke in its favor. Pink Ranger praises the White Ranger, who acknowledges that they are a team. Lordd Zedd makes Billy’s Rad Bug grow for round two. Rad Bug is now bigger than ever and with bigger puns. I said bigger, not better. The continued usage of the vehicle’s puns follows the traditional monster dialogue.
The Rangers summon their zords, which Red Ranger uses the term “Dinosaur Power.” The Firebird Thunderzord has a strong pink color. The panel with the Thunderzords is beautiful, which is no surprise from Papercutz’s past works with the zord fights.
My favorite page is when the Tigerzord transforms into Warrior Mode and wait for it…rides the Rad Bug. It doesn’t get any better than that. A zord riding Billy’s car is an awesome way to utilize the car.
The Thunderzords (named Dinozords in the novel) combine and form the Thunder Megazord. The panels use a LED-like font to resemble the Megazord’s computerized dialogue. The renderings of the Red Dragon (Warrior Mode) and Thunder Megazord are both amazing. The pink color from the Firebird that give a different tone that feels odd, but decent to represent the Pink Ranger’s zord.
Thunder Megazord leaps in front of Rad Bug and attempts to slow it down. The action strokes use around the Rad Bug work nicely to highlight the moving vehicle. Just as they think that they’ve won, the Rangers watch as the Rad Bug reveal its monster mode. The Megazord fight is quick, but entertaining as The Thunder Megazord rides the Tigerzord. Unlike the traditional Megazord finishers, the Thunder Megazord takes a page out of the mechanic’s book to restore the car back to normal.
In the final scene, the guys teleport Rita back into space (as seen at the end of White Light Part 2). Kimberly also mentions that she and Trini need to get back to Bulk’ garage, which also occurred in the episode. The issue provided the appropriate integration of the events that may have taken place in a fun, playful manner. I prefer this approach rather than a direct copy of an episode or original content.
The upcoming Power Morphicon event is promoted at the end of the book.
This issue does have a few typos and errors, but the overall product is fairly solid for a free comic book. We have reported the issues to Papercutz and will be providing fan consulting in future issues.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Issue #1
The first issue of Papercutz’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Graphic Novels releases in June 2014. You can preorder your copy at Amazon.
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