Comic Review: Mighty Morphin #20 (Spoiler Warning)

Writer: Mat Groom

Artist: Moisés Hidalgo

Cover Artists:

  • Main Cover: InHyuk Lee
  • Legacy Variant Cover: Eleonora Carlini
  • Incentive Cover (1:10): InHyuk Lee
  • Incentive Cover (1:15): Eleonora Carlini
  • Incentive Cover (1:25): Bon Bernardo
  • FOC Reveal Cover: Raúl Allén
  • FOC Reveal Incentive Cover (1:10): Raúl Allén
  • Unlockable Cover (1 copy): Bon Bernardo

Alpha provides Tommy and Aisha the time they need to find the outpost, while Kim and Adam deactivate the teleport blocker. Back on Earth, Rocky and Matt continue to be overwhelmed, until a pep talk, and a power boost, from Matt gives Rocky the edge he needs to keep King Aradon busy until the others return. Once they teleport in with their new Command Center, Aradon flees. Later, Kim gets the call about Jason’s mom that we learned about last month in Power Rangers 19.

Story — 4 out of 5: This was a much better issue. Slightly rushed, but the story actually progressed. I feel like there are some pacing issues with the storyline as a whole, but I’m going to cut Mat a little slack since it is his first storyline on this title. Matt’s pep talk to Rocky was well handled, as well as Matt giving Rocky the Green Ranger power. Rocky was never able to have this before, even in the show, so it was pretty cool to see. Especially with the full page spread. He definitely needed it consider the beating he took. Despite all that though, him still standing strong, and keeping King Aradon busy just long enough for the others to get back, was great. Nice to see Rocky get his big moment to shine. And the hint that his sister knows his secret identity was handled nicely as well.
As for the B-plot, that really felt too easy. Granted, this was a well conceived plan, but it is unusual for things to go so well. As mentioned above, Alpha’s ruse was a complete success. Meanwhile, Kim and Adam easily disable the teleportation blocker, but also have a conversation that seems to help set up Kim’s departure in Season 3. And Mick’s cameo was fun. Not really necessary, but you really can’t set this in the Lion Galaxy without bringing in someone from Ninja Steel. I just wish they could have had some interaction with King Aradon after they returned to Earth. Maybe break out the Thunder Cannon or something.
The final page does make we wonder about timing though. This is the same cliffhanger as seen in last month’s Power Rangers, which seems backwards considering the publication order. Especially since we’ve already seen his reaction to the news.

Art — 3 out of 5: The art has slipped a little here. It is clear that Moisés isn’t attempting likenesses at all, as Mick looks nothing like Kelson Henderson. And Billy has not been gone long enough for his air to look like Adam’s in Turbo. The action scenes on Earth were handled well though, especially the previously mentioned splash page of Rocky powered-up. I’m glad he remembered to give him Matt’s shield, and not just reference images of Jason with Tommy’s shield. The Dragon Dagger, however, looks more like Tommy’s though.

Overall — 3.5 out of 5: Overall, I am happy with this issue. It isn’t perfect, but it brings this part of the story to a close, while also planting seeds for future stories. Rocky had some major character growth, as did Matt, although not as much. But now it seems that we might get a closer connection between the 2 books as we “Charge to 100,” so it will be interesting how well the books gel from here.