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A First Look at Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers: Back to School #1

BOOM! Studios and Hasbro have unveiled a first look at Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers: Back to School #1, a new oversized one-shot special on-sale in September 2018. Award-nominated writer Marguerite Bennett and fan-favorite artists Jim Towe, Derek Charm, Jordan Gibson, Xiao Tong Kong, and Ilaria Catalani present a new look at the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

It’s Spring Break for the Rangers, and the first time since they received their Power Coins that the Rangers will be apart. As they each embark on their own week-long vacation, these teenagers with attitude discover that being a hero doesn’t always mean having to morph!

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers: Back to School #1 features a main cover by Dan Mora, along with variant covers by Gurihiru and Jonboy Meyers. It morphs on to shelves September 19th, 2018.

Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #30

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #30

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Daniele Di Nicuolo
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jamal Campbell
Subscription Cover: Jordan Gibson
Incentive Cover: Joana LaFuente
Colorist: Walter Baiamonte
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99

This is it. The team up between every Ranger left standing against the unrivaled power of Drakkon, while a covert team led by Grace embarks on what might be their last mission ever.

Power Rangers: Beyond the Grid Reveals a Brand New Enemy

BOOM! Studios and Hasbro have announced a new chapter of Power Rangers: Beyond the Grid, a bold new storyline spinning out of the pages of the hit comic book event Power Rangers: Shattered Grid, and the return of Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers, both in October 2018.

Power Rangers: Beyond the Grid continues in the pages of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #32, as the new series creative team of award-winning writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Simone di Meo introduce an all-star team of Rangers unlike any other. Drawn together from across time and space to combat a never-before-seen evil, these Rangers will need to prove to themselves and each other that they have what it takes not just to survive in a dangerous new environment, but to defeat the oncoming onslaught of an unfamiliar, terrifying new villain.

This issue features a main cover by Jamal Campbell, along with variant covers by Jordan Gibson and Linda Lithén.

Then, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers, chronicling the early days of the original five teenagers with attitude, returns in October with issue #13 from series writer Ryan Parrott and new series artist Eleonora Carlini. After coming face-to-face with the Ranger Slayer, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are still trying to make sense of the incredible encounter and settling back into their normal teen lives.  Little do they know that Rita Repulsa is setting into motion a plan to retrieve an artifact that might be the key to besting Zordon and the Rangers once and for all.

This issue features a main cover by Dan Mora, along with variant covers by Miguel Mercado, Audrey Mok, and Natacha Bustos.

Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #29

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #29

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Daniele Di Nicuolo
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jamal Campbell
Subscription Cover: Jordan Gibson
Incentive Cover: Joana Lafuente
Price: $3.99

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and their allies prepare their final counterattack against Drakkon, as a new ally makes it through their world and Zordon makes a last-ditch call for help.

Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #28

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #28

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Daniele Di Nicuolo
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jamal Campbell
Subscription Cover: Jordan Gibson
Incentive Cover: Carlos Villa
Colorist: Walter Baiamonte
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99

The Mighty Morphin team splits into two strike forces—one with RPM and one with Time Force—to battle Drakkon across worlds…even as all hope seems lost!

Power Rangers: Shattered Grid Reaches Its Epic Conclusion in August 2018

BOOM! Studios and Saban Brands have revealed final chapters of Power Rangers: Shattered Grid, available at comic shops in August 2018.

It’s the beginning of the end as Power Rangers from across time and space come together for one of the biggest battles in any of their histories. Meanwhile, the Ranger Slayer faces down the one Ranger who might be able stop her.

In Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #12, from writer Ryan Parrott and artist Dan Mora, the Rangers team up with an unlikely ally to battle Rita’s new monster as the Ranger Slayer inches ever further towards her goal. This issue features a main cover by Dan Mora, with variant covers by Miguel Mercado, Audrey Mok, and Natacha Bustos.

Then, in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #30, from writer Kyle Higgins and artist Daniele Di Nicuolo, it’s the team up between every Ranger left standing against the unrivaled power of Drakkon, while a covert team led by Grace embarks on what might be their last mission ever. This issue features a main cover by Jamal Campbell, with variant covers by Jordan Gibson, and Joana LaFuente.

It all comes to a conclusion in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Shattered Grid #1, the oversized finale to the epic comic book event from Higgins and Di Nicuolo that changes everything for the Power Rangers in ways no one ever expected. This issue features a main cover by Jamal Campbell, with variants covers by Chris Burnham and Christian Ward.

Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #27

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #27

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Daniele Di Nicuolo
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jamal Campbell
Subscription Cover: Jordan Gibson
Incentive Cover: Carlos Villa
Colorist: Jeremy Lawson
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

As Lord Drakkon’s power and influence grows, the Power Rangers work with new allies from across time and dimensions, including Ranger teams such as Time Force, RPM, and Samurai, to craft a plan to fight back…but is it already too late?

Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #26

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #26

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Daniele di Nicuolo
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jamal Campbell
Vintage Subscription Cover: Jordan Gibson
Incentive Cover: Carlos Villa
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Colorist: Jeremy Lawson
Price: $3.99

After the shocking events of the last issue, Lord Drakkon’s victory seems assured—unless the Rangers can find a way to team up with another team of Power Rangers they’ve never met before!

The Final Power Rangers: Shattered Grid Battle Against Lord Drakkon Begins in July 2018

BOOM! Studios and Saban Brands have announced new chapters of Power Rangers: Shattered Grid, available at comic shops in July 2018. It’s the beginning of the end as Power Rangers from across time and space come together for one of the biggest battles in any of their histories. Meanwhile, the Ranger Slayer faces down the one Ranger who might be able stop her.

In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #29, from writer Kyle Higgins and artist Daniele Di Nicuolo, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and their allies prepare their final counterattack against Lord Drakkon. A new ally to the Power Rangers makes it through to their world and Zordon makes a last call for help. This issue features a main cover by Jamal Campbell, with variant covers by Jordan Gibson, and Carlos Villa.

Then, in Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #11, from writer Ryan Parrott and artist Dan Mora, Matt puts his life on the line to get close to the Rangers, while Kimberly must face the Ranger Slayer alone. This issue features a main cover by Dan Mora, with variant covers by Miguel Mercado, Audrey Mok, and Natacha Bustos.

Review: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25

*Minor Spoilers Ahead*

Okayyy so first off as a big fan of the MMPR franchise, I am thrilled to see the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic series getting the big fan fare here. It is a very well done series and writer Kyle Higgins has done what no other show or movie has: Made the Rangers cool again. He has modernized the franchise and yet kept the heart and soul of all these characters from my childhood that I remember so fondly. I was hooked when his issue #0 came out a few years ago and his momentum hasn’t stopped. I think a big part to his success is that he gives the book a much more adult feel than the typical Saturday morning TV show we were all used to in our heyday.

Higgins is very smart where he started the series off and that is with the introduction of everyone’s favorite bad guy turned good: The Green Ranger. Unlike the TV show and no disrespect to the best Ranger portrayal of all time Jason David Frank (who also tirelessly promotes this series as well as created a YouTube short with writer Kyle Higgins as a promo for this spectacular issue ) there is not a lot of maniacal laughter, mostly pure menace. The art style of the series is very bright and bouncy and fluid thanks to the talent that BOOM! Studios has assembled.

Along with his fast introduction of fan favorite Tommy Oliver aka the Green Ranger, Higgins has also created a new character with tremendous mainstream appeal: Lord Drakkon. Lord Drakkon is essentially an evil Tommy Oliver who stayed in Rita Repulsa’s employ and allowed the power to corrupt him completely and he murdered the remaining Power Rangers. Yes, murdered. The subject matter in this series has just jumped up a few notches from the beloved show we are used to. Higgins also manages to make the Rangers feel like real high school students and not bubbly bouncy cut outs drinking soda pop in their downtime. What I enjoy most is that instead of trying to make this a solely accessible series to new readers, the creative team has the respect for long time MMPR fans and instead pulls the original audience forward. You can always tell when a writer has love for the source material and no doubt Kyle Higgins has it in multiple.

Without any further gushing, as you crack open the cover to this issue we see the Space Power Rangers Team on their ship being encountered by a strange disturbance in the Time Stream. The disturbance turns out to be a large energy projection of Lord Drakkon who reaches out and either crushes the Space Rangers ship, or traps it in his hand for later. We do not yet know. What we do know, is that Jason Scott aka The Red Ranger is in a very heated argument with Grace who works with the Promethia agency, about the escape of one of their captives: Lord Drakkon himself, Tommy Oliver. Jason is pissed that Drakkon’s capture was kept secret from the Rangers as they know how deadly he is and they could have helped. Now with Drakkon on the loose again, the whole world is in serious jeopardy. When we last left Drakkon his Morpher and Power Coin were damaged, so he is no doubt going to try and repair them or get the power back some other way.

Without spoiling the book we are treated to a few shocking scenes that fans of the franchise will not see coming. They are too good to ruin here. Trust me. While it seems like this issue would get a near perfect score for me, unfortunately it does not. While the writing is stellar to be sure, I have some gripes, particularly with the art. Artist Daniele Di Nicuolo with Simona Di Gianfelice just fall a little short here in my opinion with their ultra stylized interpretation. Sure the action sequences shine, but when it comes to talking head scenes it’s too static for me. I love all the panels of the Rangers suited up but when they are in civilian mode, it is sort of just meh. However my biggest artistic gripe, what the Hell is up with that Zordon?? He looks like Professor X in a tube. There is nothing Zordon like at all in his rendering. Yeah yeah I know, a bald blue guy floating head doesn’t really lend you much to work with. (Sorry David Fielding and Dr. Manhattan) I just couldn’t stop seeing Charles Xavier and it really irked me, as most of the art in this series so far has made Zordon have a more traditional look.

Still with that detail aside, I loved this book. This was the opening part to the anticipated “Shattered Grid” event and it did not disappoint. Especially the end! Do not allow yourself to be spoiled. If you like MMPR go get this book. If you can find it that is, because it is selling out like crazy everywhere due to the collectible variant covers that were created for this issue. I especially like how it comes in a sealed black polybag so you don’t know what cover you get, unless you commit blasphemy and open it. It is very reminiscent of Superman #75, and I have no issue with that.

So go out there, teleport to your nearest local comic shop (who you should always support when you can) get the issue, and meet me back here next month when it most definitely is Morphin Time!!

Story: Kyle Higgins Art: Daniele Di Nicuolo
Color: Walter Baiamonte Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists: Polybag: Deron Bennett Main Cover Intermix Covers A-G: Goñi Montes
Subscription Cover H: Jordan Gibson Incentive Cover I: Scott Koblish
“Match To” Unlockable Cover J: Humberto Ramos “One Per Store” Unlockable Cover K: Goñi Montes
Story: 9.5 Art: 7.0 Score: 9.0  Recommendation: Must Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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