Comic Review — Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 101 (Spoiler Warning)

Writer: Melissa Flores
Artist: Simona Di Gianfelice
Cover Artists:

  • Main Cover: Mateus Manhanini
  • Variant Cover: Francesco Tomaselli
  • Action Figure Incentive Cover (1:10): Bon Bernardo
  • Incentive Cover (1:25): Francesco Tomaselli
  • Incentive Cover (1:50): David Mack
  • Unlockable Cover (1 copy): Mateus Manhanini
  • B!G Cover: Dani Pendergast

Synopsis: The CHARGE TO 100 brought everything together in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #100. Now discover the bold new future for the bestselling franchise! Writer Melissa Flores (Power Rangers, The Dead Lucky) and artist Simona Di Gianfelice (All-New Firefly) reunite all of your favorite Rangers, recharged and ready for a bold new direction for your favorite Teenagers With Attitude that begins right here!

Story — 5 out of 5: What a great start to a new era of Power Rangers comics! We start off finally seeing the moment that Rita turned Zordon into the floating head lost in a time vortex that we all know and love Although it is in a dream sequence, giving future writers leeway if they want to revisit the scene later on. The girls winning the paintball battle is not only a nice nod to the all female creative team, but, based on previous issues and storylines, is completely believable. A possible romance between Matt and Aisha is intriguing, and I look forward to seeing how that plays out.
The setup for the moon scene is great. The idea that Lord Zedd is requesting help from the Rangers immediately sets an ominous tone. The upgrades to the Dragonzord are pretty cool, and keep with the dragon theme, which is cool. I really don’t mind these changes to the Zords because this is not only an alternate timeline, but also these upgrades make sense considering Dragonzord is still being used.
The Goldar scene is great as well, as it serves to not only provide a break in the tension, but also still add to the ominousness. I mean, seeing the mighty Goldar, running for his life, and asking the Rangers for help is actually pretty funny. But, the idea that there is something that scares Goldar this much, is pretty spooky. Also, considering how much more powerful Zedd is than the Rangers, they can’t be that confident in their ability to help.
The new putties are cool, and actually do something that even Zedd’s putties couldn’t do: give the Rangers a tough battle. I really like Finster’s confidence here as well. He was always more loyal to Rita than Zedd. Even on the show, he was pretty much forgotten until Rita returned. This is basically all the info you need to tell you that Rita is back. And Rita, in her new costume, standing over a prone Zedd, who is asking for help, is a great cliffhanger!
I should also point out that Melissa Flores has a great handle on these characters, which makes sense as this is not her first time with them. She does a great job here of building on what has come before and continuing forward, rather than just ignoring the past. Everyone was in character, and her pacing was phenomenal, considering everything packed into this first issue.

Art — 5 out of 5: The art by Simona Di Gianfelice is amazing. She does an amazing job of staying on model with what has come before, while giving it all her own spin. I’m really liking the more cartoony style used by the recent artists, and it is great to see her continuing that tradition.

Overall — 5 out of 5: Such a fun issue! If this is anything to go by, this title is in good hands. I can’t wait to see what Melissa Flores and Simona Di Gianfelice have in store for us next month!