Review: ‘Mighty Morphin’ #5 Fills In The Gaps And Prepares For More

Now that the identity of the new Green Ranger has been revealed, we have to piece together how he got to this position in the first place. Mighty Morphin #5 takes us back to show us Grace Sterling selected her new Ranger and the training that went into it. Suffice it to say, this review is going to have a few spoilers so if you haven’t read through the previous issue and want the secret to remain that way, maybe come back later.

OK? Still with us? So, Matt Cook, Kimberly’s ex-boyfriend first introduced in Go Go Power Rangers has suited up as the new Green Ranger with the help of Grace and Billy. This makes total sense and it opens the door to so many interesting possibilities, not just with the personal connection to the rest of the team, but in how he’s approaching this duty. Writer Ryan Parrott has thrown a grenade in the middle of everything we know about the Power Rangers and it’s so very exciting.

We don’t get to see the Power Rangers’ reaction to Matt picking up the Power Dagger just yet, however I’m sure it will come into play soon, especially with Matt’s big decision at the end of the last issue. He made his identity public. That’s huge. One of Zordon’s first rules were that his Rangers needed to keep their identities a secret. Of course, Matt isn’t one of Zordon’s Rangers so he doesn’t have to play by those rules. Angel Grove needs a hero they can trust and he has stepped into that role.

Mighty Morphin #5 provides Matt and Grace’s perspective on the series so far, answering a load of questions as we go. I love how artist Marco Renna depicts Matt, going from nervous and unsure of himself to oozing with confidence. Matt has a strong sense of determination and wants to do what’s right, regardless of how that might affect his life. This is what makes him a born hero.

Letterer Ed Dukeshire brings us along for Matt’s journey, building him up from a stammering, cautious individual to the strong Power Ranger. I love how his lines are delivered at the end of the issue, showing such purpose.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Power Rangers comic without some great morphin scenes. Matt’s first transformation into the Green Ranger is awesome. It perfectly captures the sense of energy and excitement that has been an integral part of this franchise for going on three decades. Matt’s reaction is the same as any of ours would be if we were to shout “Dragonzord!” and actually change into a Ranger.

Colorist Walter Baiamonte, aided by Sara Antonellini, fills these pages with crackling energy. It’s like electricity is flowing out of Matt in waves. Some of this feels a little unsafe, as Grace is playing with a somewhat unknown power. I mean, the Green Ranger’s powers stem from something called “Chaos Energy,” right? It’s a nice mix of strength and danger.

It’s issues like this one that get me so excited for the future of the Power Rangers franchise in comics. It takes some of the basic concepts we’ve known and loved for ages and not only put new spins on them, but has added so much to the overall mythos. Mighty Morphin answers questions, delivers on its promises, and excels in every way.

Mighty Morphin #5 from BOOM! Studios is currently available at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.

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