The Power Rangers are celebrating the epic milestone of 100 issues this week, and BOOM! Studios are throwing them a climactic party in the extra-sized issue. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #100 is the kind of milestone issue that I think longtime fans will appreciate thanks to the complex character work writer Ryan Parrott has set up, but casual fans can enjoy it too. That’s for a few different reasons, and it’s why Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #100 is an easy recommendation for everyone to enjoy.
Starting with the casual fans who might want to read Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #100, this issue features plenty of familiar battle cries and action sequences fans of the show will love. From the Power Rangers shouting their avatars to the heroes shouting “Go Go Power Rangers,” the nostalgia is strong with this issue. Parrott also does a bang-up job establishing how we got here and the stakes these teen heroes face. Once the first few pages are over, it’s pretty easy to dive into the fight with the heroes, even though newer evil Power Rangers are popping up that may not be familiar.
On top of all that, this issue introduces a Megazord we’ve never seen before. I’ll say no more to avoid spoilers here, but it’s a freaking awesome idea that my younger self would have adored.
Longtime readers of the series have plenty to enjoy too. Jason, aka the original Red Ranger, has had his body taken over by a zombie monster type and goes by the name The Death Ranger now. He serves as the big bad, but fans of Jason should note this character goes through a lot in this issue. Parrott is giving fans of Jason plenty to sink their teeth into with great characterization, growth, and a journey within the journey to explore.
There are fun characterizations throughout the issue, too. Billy the Blue Ranger gets to make a cool cannon and show off his intelligence, for instance, and the Pink Ranger tries to reach Jason in one moment. In the closing pages, it’s very clear the Power Rangers have never had such a large cast of great characters, and the future looks very bright. That’s thanks, of course, to Parrott’s long run, along with Kyle Higgins before him.
The art is pretty much great throughout, although the multiple artists do make for some jarring changes in style. That’s partly because BOOM! Studios have allowed many past Power Rangers artists a chance to be a part of the milestone issue. Moises Hidalgo and Marco Renna draw the majority of the issue, basically splitting two chunks of ten pages back and forth. They both capture the grittiness of the destroyed city well while showing off the characters fighting and killer moves. It’s splashy and economical in how it shows so many characters in many panels.
In the last third of the issue, guests artists pop in, including Dan Mora, Francesco Mortarino, Daniele Di Nicuolo, Eleonora Carlini, Miguel Mercado, and Hendry Prasetya. While the art styles wildly change at times which can be jarring, it’s cool to see some important Power Rangers artists get to take a stab at this milestone issue. Each are great in their own right and feature the many different styles this series has had over the years.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #100 is an excellent example of giving longtime fans resolution while supplying plenty of moments for casual readers to enjoy. You’ll get the warm and fuzzies knowing full well BOOM! Studios has elevated this franchise and treated it with the utmost respect.
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