The Power Rangers Just Got A Cinematic Upgrade From Mighty Morphin
The following contains major spoilers for Mighty Morphin #21, available now at BOOM! Studios.
The Power Rangers have taken on myriad forms during their nearly thirty-year tenure as pop culture’s first color-coded superhero team. From Mighty Morphin’ classic lineup to abilities drawn from space and time, it seems there’s nothing the Rangers haven’t taken inspiration from when developing their next look. Of course, some fads don’t always stick around for very long, though one of the heroes’ first big-screen adventures has finally found new life in recent comics.
Mighty Morphin#21 (by Mat Groom, Moises Hidalgo, Raul Angulo and Ed Dukeshire) finds Kimberly Ann Hart unsure of what to do next. After months of near-crushing defeats, alien invasions, and shocking revelations, the Pink Ranger is unsure of her place in the world, let alone that of the rest of her team. Knowing that Billy was the one behind the Green Ranger of Promethea, Kimberly turns to him for help in enhancing their Mighty Morphin abilities. Fortunately, his instincts are more than correct, and before long Billy is ready to let Kimberly and Tommy test out their brand new metal armor.
While most Power Rangers uniforms are largely cloth, their metallic armor carries the exact same look with a shimmering new sheen. The look is somewhat reminiscent of Guardians of Eltar and their trio of gold, silver, and bronze Guardian armor, but it’s still a clear callback to 1995’s. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. The film, which featured the then-current lineup of actors in their respective roles, reimagined the eponymous team’s iconic look for the big screen. Rather than drastically changing things, the existing Rangers uniforms were instead cast in plastic, giving them a never-before-seen shine as well as some minor upgrades to their existing repertoire.
However, the Rangers’ comic book upgrades offer them much more than the movie ones. Both Kimberly and Tommy are imbued with greater strength than ever before, as they easily and literally fight their way through Billy’s training scenario. While there are inherent risks in putting their metal armor to the test for the very first time, it proves to be an incredibly effective way for the Rangers to channel the energy of the Morphin Grid. In fact, their metal armor is so effective that it just might be the Mighty Morphin team’s first real step to defining themselves.
Rangers have had a lot of problems over the past two years, the least of which have come between the heroes, as well as their mentors. Zordon’s closely guarded secrets proved to be a major point of contention with the arrival of the Eltarian army, just as the secrets kept by Billy and Grace Sterling were. If it hadn’t been for the ensuing war for the fate of the universe, it’s likely that Promethea and Zordon would have gone to war with each other, all with the Rangers caught in the middle. Luckily, Zordon and Grace were able to put aside their differences instead. And yet, that doesn’t mean the Rangers aren’t coming out of their shadow just yet.
From Zordon giving the Power Rangers a new imperative to Matthew Cook finding common ground with members of the Mighty Morphin team, it’s clear that a new era for heroes is coming. Not only are the Rangers progressing by shedding old traditions that held them back, but they’re discovering all the more they can do without those past burdens. With Billy’s developments and the freedom to explore them, the Rangers even discover that their limits are indeed endless. In fact, they are only defined by their connection to the Morphin Grid.