Comic Review: Mighty Morphin 15 (Spoiler Warning)

  • Writer: Ryan Parrott
  • Artist: Marco Renna
  • Cover Artists:
  • Main Cover: InHyuk Lee
    • Legacy Variant Cover: Eleonora Carlini
    • Incentive Cover: InHyuk Lee
    • Incentive Cover: Eleonora Carlini
    • Incentive Cover: Goñi Montes
    • FOC Reveal Cover: Christian Ward
    • FOC Reveal Incentive Cover: Christian Ward
    • Incentive Cover: Goñi Montes

Once again, the issue begins with a flashback to 10,000 years ago. This time we are on the planet Bivix. Zordon, Zartus, and a squad of Guardians are fighting an army of Z-Putties. Zartus belives they are related to Rita Repulsa, but Zordon thinks they are with someone else. And so, Lord Zedd confronts the Eltarians for the first time. And just as Zordon and Zedd are about to meet in battle…

We cut to the moon in the present day. Zordon and Zedd begin their battle anew, while Zedd explains why he’s attacking. It’s all based on the lies from Zartus, as seen in the previous flashbacks.

Meanwhile, on Earth, its Zords vs. Empyreals, and the battle isn’t going well for the good guys. Matt uses the Dragonzord to take one into the water, Tommy uses the Tigerzord to slam one into a mountain, and the Omega Rangers chase the third into space. Unfortunately, the Empyreals soon begin to get the upper hand, so the other Rangers call on the Thunderzords and form the Thunder Megazord.

We then cut back to the moon, and while Zordon and Zedd continue their fight, Zordon tries to explain to Zedd that Zartus has lied to him. Unfortunately, Zedd doesn’t believe a word Zordon says.

Back on Earth, half of the Sentry Force Four are having doubts about Zartus, because they were supposed to be bringing Earth into the Eltarian Empire, not destroying it. Finally seeing a chink in the armor, Zelya lead Squatt, Baboo, Goldar, and Finster into battle against the SFF. Distracted by the battle, Zartus fails to notice Grace come up behind him, allowing her to use the Dragon Dagger to destroy the Celestial Shard before he can stop her. This frees the Empyreals from Zartus’ control, and they plan to head out and “renew” all planets until the entire universe is “renewed.” But first, they’re going to destroy the Rangers. However, Thunder Megazord uses the Thundersaber to cut off one arm of the Empyreal fighting Tommy, freeing him. Then Matt comes up from the water in Dragonzord, and, for the first time ever, the Tigerzord and Dragonzord combine to form the White Tiger Dragonzord. But, before we can see what this new combination can do…

We cut back to the moon, were Zartus has teleported in. Unfortunately, Zordon and Zedd are too busy with their fight to notice him arrive, enter the Caves of Despair, and enter the chamber containing the Zeo Crystal.

Story – 5 out of 5: Granted it is a bit of a slow build, but be are definitely building to the end. This issue was wall-to-wall action, which was fun to read, and quick to summarize. While I admit I was curious to see how they’d do, I didn’t think the Zords had a change against the Empyreals. They are planet destroyers after all. And while the White Tiger Dragonzord combo was a cool surprise (Matt’s line about giving the people what they want was especially meta), I can’t imagine it will be much more successful. Then again, it did take a Megazord to damage an Empyreal, so maybe this will be a big boost. Perhaps Power Rangers 15 will also have the Omega Rangers link up, and we’ll get a 3-on-3 battle. As for the ending, considering that Zartus was the one who asked the Bandorians to put a protective spell on the Zeo Crystal in the first place, he must also have a work-around so that he can touch it. I definitely can’t wait to see what happens in the next chapter!

Art – 5 out of 5: The art here looks great as usual, but it took too long for me to realize that Marco Renna was using multiple images to show motion during the Zord scenes. I believe part of my problem is due to the preview edition from BOOM having a giant watermark down the center of the page, so I’ll have to check the official issue out and see if it is any clearer.

Overall – 5 out of 5: Things are ramping up as we near the end of the story, and the cliffhanger will have you begging for the next chapter. Highly recommended!