It’s a battle for the ages—the Power Rangers’ THUNDERZORDS vs the Dark Rangers’ TERRORZORDS—and nothing will ever be the same! Plus, the shocking first appearance of the character no Power Rangers fan EVER expected, setting the stage for the upcoming era of UNLIMITED POWER in the brand new series Mighty Morphin and Power Rangers in November 2020.
Without giving away all of the issue in this (mostly) spoiler-free review, MMPR 55 serves as conclusion to the Dark Rangers mini-arc that started after the end of ‘Necessary Evil’. Since the announcement of the main book being split into two titles going forward, issue 51 through 55 have felt like a breather… and a prelude to the upcoming ‘Unlimited Power’ arc for ‘Mighty Morphin” and ‘Power Rangers’.
These issues have done a great job of setting up the two new series for the next story. The return of Lord Drakkon will play out with the Omega Rangers in ‘Power Rangers’ since the new threat, the Empyreal, are the ones he warned the Rangers about. The new Green Ranger debuts in this issue and has been a plan of Grace and Billy’s, but builds upon the Green Psycho Dagger first seen thirty five issues ago and throughout Beyond the Grid.” The Dark Rangers were a major threat in this issue, and redeem the first team’s awful appearance in the television show. All of these pieces are on the board for the next two series to tackle and the benefit of two titles let’s us focus on both teams of Power Rangers. This is what has me excited, because the switching back and forth the past few issues tested my patience as a reader.
Like I said, issue 55 is totally a prelude to the much hyped ‘Unlimited Power’. The new Green Ranger’s first appearance is explosive, literally, but I can’t help but feel it is a misdirect. We don’t actually find out the identity of the Ranger in this issue. That’s the only spoiler I’ll give, but I would pay very close attention to the conversations Grace has. For months, fans have speculated on the new Green Ranger’s identity and I hope the reveal is very surprising next month. As a conclusion to fifty-five issues of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers? Issue 50 felt like more of a send off to the book as a whole than this one. And with the revelation earlier this week that one of the variants for Mighty Morphin #1 is called a “legacy variant” which continues the old logo and numbering scheme, it definitely drives the point home that this is a continuation of the story, not the ending.
With close to five years of Power Rangers comics, next month’s split feels like a fresh start. I’m looking forward to exploring more conflict with Zordon now that there is a new Power Ranger he had no choice in creating. The Omega Rangers leading their own title and dealing with a galaxy spanning threat is exciting and I can’t wait to explore more of Jason, Trini and Zack’s story on their own series instead of occasionally as side characters. We’re only just getting started…
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