Comic Review: Mighty Morphin 11 (Spoiler Warning)

  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • 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: Elizabeth Torque
    • FOC Reveal Incentive Cover: Elizabeth Torque
    • Incentive Cover: Goñi Montes

Synopsis: As the Power Rangers and their new allies, the Eltarian Guardians, prepare to rescue Candice from Lord Zedd, elements of Zordon’s past begin to collide with the present. Will old loyalties and rivalries lead Zordon, and in turn the Power Rangers, into ruin? Or will they be able to right the wrongs of the past and save Earth in the process?

The issue begins over 10,000 years ago as we follow up on the end of last issue. Zartus is running out of medicine to help Zophram. He’s also taken it upon himself to tell the Eltarian Elders that Zophram died trying to protect the Zeo Crystal. He also directs Zophram into thinking that Zordon was behind his current condition. Now, with his medication affecting his mind, and believing that Zordon and Eltar have betrayed him, Zophram declares that Zophram of Eltar is dead, and that he will spend the rest of his new life working to destroy Eltar.

In the present, Billy joins the 3 newer Rangers for lunch at Angel Grove High. He’s a little hesitant at first, but the others are confidant Billy will not be kicked off them team for helping Prometheus create the new Green Ranger, and that, somehow, things will work out. Meanwhile, at the juice bar, Matt joins Kim to try to talk things out and explain his actions the last few issues. This does not go well though, as their argument ends with Matt questioning Zordon’s loyalties if it comes down to Earth vs Eltar.

Later, at the Command Center, the Rangers, minus Billy, are introduced to Sentry Force Four, an Eltarian team called upon to help the Rangers rescue Zelya. Zenith has what looks like glowing insect wings, which she uses to fly. She apparently hasn’t walked in years. Zeta is your basic cape wearing, sword wielding warrior type guy with glowing eyes and a mask that covers most of his face. He’s also not much of a talker. Zero-Zero, or Zerd-Zerd (it’s hard to tell because of the weird font), is actually a smaller Eltarian piloting a large mech. And Zag, despite looking like The Flash’s Eltarian cousin, actually creates teleporation portals so he can attack from many angles at once.

After meeting the Rangers, and expositing about their powers, the Sentry Force Four return to their ship with Zartus. But Zartus reminds them that they weren’t sent down to make friends, and that he expects them to use the planned rescue mission to study the Rangers. But before he can say why, he is interrupted by the return of Zelya. After explaining that she escaped, Zartus has her taken to her quarters to rest, but quietly wonders why she’s lying.

At Prometheus on a later day, Grace is surprised to see that Billy has no idea of what is happening in the real world because he’s currently working on a secret project. They talk about the Eltarian arrival, and somehow Grace knows that Zartus is the Supreme Guardian of Eltar, and she’s worried. However, she does let Billy know that regardless of what happens with the Rangers, he’ll alway have a place at Prometheus.

On his ship, Zartus requests more troops, then dismisses his assistant. Then he opens the vault containing the Celestial Shard and calls out Zelya, who he has detected has snuck into his quarters, accusing her of attempting to kill him and steal the Shard. She reveals that she knows that Lord Zedd is Zophram, and that she knows that Zartus has known all along. He reveals that he kept it a secret to protect Eltar, just like everything else he’s done, including resurrecting the Empyreals. When he threatens to destroy Earth, Zelya is about to attack him, but is stopped by Zag, who not only stops her attack, but also teleports Zeta in, who ends the attack by threatening her with his sword at her neck.

Later, Zartus uses a hologram to tell Zordon that Zelya escaped from Zedd, but says she’s in the infirmary, and will soon be returning to Eltar. He then reveals that he’s bringing in the Eltarian Guard to help against Zedd, and that after they deal with Zedd, he’s going to need the Power Coins. See, Eltar is also at war with the Empyreals and they need soldiers using the Ranger powers, not teenagers with attitude. Zordon relents, and swears loyalty to Eltar.

But when Zartus’ hologram disappears, Zordon tells the Rangers that it appears Zelya has failed, and we learn that she had warned them ahead of time of Zartus’ plans, and that they now only have a short time to prepare for The Eltarian invasion.

Story – 4 out of 5: Well, that was a bit of surprise. I was afraid the Rangers were going to be betrayed in battle, so it is nice to see that they’ve been given a warning and sort of have time to prepare. I must admit that I’m a bit disappointed that we didn’t get to see Zelya’s reaction to Zedd’s story, or if she actually escaped or if Zedd released her, but then again, if we had, her part in this issue wouldn’t have been as suspenseful. Still, seeing her reaction to finding out that one of Eltar’s greatest heroes is now one of the universe’s greatest villains would have been interesting. I’m also wondering how much she told Zordon and the Rangers when she gave her warning. Did we just lose seeing Zordon’s reaction to finding out that his mentor is now his worst enemy? I guess time will tell. Speaking of Zophram, I am looking forward to seeing just how he makes the full transformation to Lord Zedd, especially the mystical powers he has. Also, while Zartus’ deception is now even more obvious, and you hate to see Zophram fall for it, it also sucks to know that he presumably won’t get his come-uppance until the end of this new storyline. Ugh!

Sentry Force Four looks cool! Granted they were designed by Dan Mora, so it shouldn’t be a surprise, but I really like their uniforms. And Zenith saying that she hasn’t walked in years is paid off by her never touching the ground in this issue. Not even to stand. It’s a fun little character quirk, and it will be fun to see if it is remembered as the story progresses.

And just what is Billy working on? Will it be the macguffin that ends up saving the day and therefore the reason Zordon does not kick him off the team? Only time, and Ryan Parrott, will tell.

Art – 4 out of 5: Marco Renna’s art has really grown on me. Honestly, I was a little disappointed he wasn’t around last issue, despite the great Dan Mora art, and I’m glad to see him back. His art style gives the book an animated feel, without being anime influenced like Power Rangers. Despite the lack of detail, emotions are clearly conveyed, action scenes look great, and you can clearly tell who is who in the story. The colors by Walter Baiamonte, Sara Antonellini, and Katia Ranalli are well done as well. They reflect the mood of each scene, without using the jarring neon colors of previous issues. They also help add to that animated feel.

Overall – 4 out of 5: I’d have to say I enjoyed the issue all the way around. Great story, fantastic art, and vibrant colors. Definetly looking forward to the next issue!

Zordon’s Past Collides with the Present in MIGHTY MORPHIN #11

Discover the Dangerous Origins of an Ancient Enemy in the ELTARIAN WAR this September 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 26, 2021) – BOOM! Studios, under license by Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), revealed a first look at MIGHTY MORPHIN #11 from writer Ryan Parrott (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), artist Marco Renna (Once & Future, Klaus), colorist Walter Baiamonte with color assistance by Sara Antonellini & Katia Ranalli, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, setting the stage for the next epic series event, the  ELTARIAN WAR, in September 2021! 

As the Power Rangers and their new allies, the Eltarian Guardians, prepare to rescue Candice from Lord Zedd, elements of Zordon’s past begin to collide with the present. Will old loyalties and rivalries lead Zordon, and in turn the Power Rangers, into ruin? Or will they be able to right the wrongs of the past and save Earth in the process?

MIGHTY MORPHIN #11 features main cover art by acclaimed illustrator InHyuk Lee (Seven Secrets), and variant covers by superstar artists Eleonora Carlini (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Goñi Montes (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), and Elizabeth Torque (Uncanny X-Men).

Currently, Power Rangers is celebrating 28 continuous years on the air, making it one of the longest running kids’ live-action series in television history with nearly 900 episodes aired to date. Created by Haim Saban and launched in 1993 with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the franchise celebrates its 28th season with, “Power Rangers Dino Fury” currently airing on Saturdays at 8 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon and now streaming on Netflix in the U.S. 

MIGHTY MORPHIN is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including BRZRKR by Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney; We Only Find Them When They’re Dead by Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo; Proctor Valley Road by Grant Morrison, Alex Child, and Naomi Franq; We Only Find Them When They’re Dead by Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo; Seven Secrets by Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Abbott by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; and Eve by Victor LaValle and Jo Mi-Gyeong. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties, including Dune: House Atreides from Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Dev Pramanik; and Magic from Jed McKay and Ig Guara.

Print copies of MIGHTY MORPHIN #11 will be available on September 8, 2021, exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the one nearest you) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.

Softcover and hardcover collections of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS,  and other Power Rangers releases from BOOM! Studios are available now, everywhere books are sold.

For continuing news on the MIGHTY MORPHIN series and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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Comic Review: Mighty Morphin 10 (Spoiler Warning)

Written by: Ryan Parrott
Illustrated by: Dan Mora
Colored by: Raúl Angulo with assistance from Jose Enrique Fernández
Lettered by: Ed Dukeshire
Editor: Dafna Pleban

The opening pages of most of the past 9 issues have been telling little snippets of a story from over ten thousand years ago, mainly focusing on 3 members of the Guardians of Eltar: Zophram, Zartus, and Zordon. We have seen them working undercover to determine why Dark Specter has been sending Hartunians to the planet Artavias, Zophram becoming the Supreme Guardian, and Zophram then choosing Zordon to be his successor despite Zartus having far more experience. At one point, we saw them discover Bandora’s Palace, home to Bandorian monks who do not talk in any known language, as well as the powerful Zeo Crystal. We then see Zartus secretly talk one of the monks into putting an incantation on the Zeo Crystal to ensure that no one unworthy would be able to even touch it. This has set us up for this issue, all of which takes place during this time period. Everything comes into place here, with the added bonus of a deadly assassin sent by Dark Specter. By the end of the issue, all 3 of the Guardians are in very different places, which should make things interesting in the future, considering Zartus arrived on Earth last issue. And if you have any doubts as to how big of a deal this issue is, Dan Mora returns to provide the art. That should tell you all you need to know.

Spoilers abound after the gallery of covers. If you haven’t read the issue yet, and don’t wish to be spoiled, please come back later. Otherwise, feel free to continue.

Story: Wow! Okay, so Parrott did a great job of setting this up over the previous issues, and paying it off here. Obviously the story isn’t finished yet, but this was great! The assassin is an interesting character, and I’m guessing that we haven’t really seen him before due to lack of space. I missed the banter between the 3 Guardians, but I did like how Zartus and Zordon’s reactions to the idea of Zophram joining the Council perfectly match their mindsets. Zartus is a warrior, and believes having a warrior on the Council would make things more efficient. Zordon, on the other hand, who would rather be a farmer and start a family, believes Zophram joining the Council would allow him to step away from combat and maybe start a family of his own. I also like the bit at the end, with Zartus basically confessing to what he did, but in such a way as to not implicate himself.
Some fun, possible influences showed up in this issue as well. During the fight with the assassin, Zophram and Zordon had a very Jedi Master/Padawan thing going on, with Zophram instructing Zordon during the fight. The Council actually reminded me of the Guardians of the Universe from Green Lantern, who are also often accused of doing too much thinking and not enough doing by the members of their protective force.
If I do have any complaints, it is that the ongoing, present day story has to be put on pause in order to tell this story. This is unfortunate because it really kills the momentum, especially considering that this flashback story does not appear to be finished yet.

Art: Dan Mora returns to the art duties for this issue, and turns out more of his usual top notch work. He designed everything in this issue, other than Zordon’s head, and made it all look spectacular. The layouts here are a feast for the eyes, the panel layouts are clear, and the big fight is well choreographed and dynamic. The coloring is also a welcome change from the norm, providing a more realistic, painted look, rather than the anime influenced coloring of previous issues.

Overall: Overall, this was a well paced read, and I am not looking forward to having to wait a month for the next part of the story. Did the assassin survive? Where is Zartus taking Zophram? How does Bandora’s Palace and the Zeo Crystal end up on Earth’s moon? Hopefully at least a couple of these questions will be answered next issue.

Comic Preview: Mighty Morphin #10

Discover Zordon’s ties to Bandora’s Palace on the Moon – the modern home of Rita Repulsa. When an assassin is sent to disrupt the Eltarians efforts to protect an ancient weapon Zordon is injured in the process and his mentor, Zophram, must make a decision that will alter the future of the Power Rangers as we know it! This issue contains spoilers for the never-before-seen origins of Lord Zedd. On sale August 11, 2021.

MIGHTY MORPHIN #7 FIRST LOOK

Your First Look at MIGHTY MORPHIN #7 from BOOM! Studios

Discover the Shocking Battle With the New Green Ranger in the ERA OF UNLIMITED POWER in May 2021

BOOM! Studios, under license by Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), revealed a first look at MIGHTY MORPHIN #7 from writer Ryan Parrott (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), artist Marco Renna, colorist Walter Baiamonte with assistance by Katia Ranalli and Sara Antonellini, and letterer Ed Dukeshire.

The exciting next issue in the ERA OF UNLIMITED POWER features the New Mighty Morphin Team versus… the New Green Ranger! But whoever’s left standing will have to deal with Lord Zedd’s shocking machinations. And his even more surprising ally.

MIGHTY MORPHIN #7 features main cover art by acclaimed illustrator InHyuk Lee (Seven Secrets), and variant covers by Eleonora Carlini (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Goñi Montes (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers).

Currently, Power Rangers is celebrating 28 continuous years on the air, making it one of the longest-running kids’ live-action series in television history, with nearly 900 episodes aired to date. Created by Haim Saban and launched in 1993 with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the franchise celebrates its 28th season, with “Power Rangers Dino Fury”, currently airing Saturdays at 8 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon in the U.S.

MIGHTY MORPHIN is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including BRZRKR by Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney; We Only Find Them When They’re Dead by Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo; Proctor Valley Road by Grant Morrison, Alex Child, and Naomi Franq; We Only Find Them When They’re Dead by Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo; Seven Secrets by Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Abbott by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; and the upcoming Eve by Victor LaValle and Jo Mi-Gyeong. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties, including Dune: House Atreides from Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Dev Pramanik; and Magic from Jed McKay and Ig Guara.

Print copies of MIGHTY MORPHIN #7 will be available on May 12, 2021, exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the one nearest you) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.

Softcover and hardcover collections of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS and other Power Rangers releases from BOOM! Studios are available now, everywhere books are sold.

Zordon’s Past Threatens Angel Grove in MIGHTY MORPHIN #6!

Discover the Surprising Team-up with Grace Sterling in a New ERA OF UNLIMITED POWER in April 2021

BOOM! Studios, under license by Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), revealed a first look at MIGHTY MORPHIN #6, from writer Ryan Parrott (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), artist Marco Renna, colorist Walter Baiamonte with assistance by Katia Ranalli and Sara Antonellini, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, the exciting next issue in the ERA OF UNLIMITED POWER.

Still reeling from the revelation of the New Green Ranger’s true identity, the New Mighty Morphin team must join with former Ranger Grace Sterling to save Angel Grove from a new threat tied to Zordon’s surprising past. But nothing could prepare the Rangers for the two people who stand in their way…

MIGHTY MORPHIN #6 features main cover art by acclaimed illustrator InHyuk Lee (Seven Secrets), and variant covers by Eleonora Carlini (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Peach Momoko (Something is Killing the Children).

Currently, Power Rangers is celebrating 28 continuous years on the air, making it one of the longest running kids’ live-action series in television history with nearly 900 episodes aired to date. Created by Haim Saban and launched in 1993 with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the franchise celebrates its 28th season, with “Power Rangers Dino Fury”, currently airing Saturdays at 8 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon in the U.S.

MIGHTY MORPHIN is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including BRZRKR by Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney; We Only Find Them When They’re Dead by Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo; Seven Secrets by Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Abbott by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; and Proctor Valley Road by Grant Morrison, Alex Child, and Naomi Franquiz. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties, including Dune: House Atreides from Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Dev Pramanik; and Magic from Jed McKay and Ig Guara.

Print copies of MIGHTY MORPHIN #6 will be available on April 14, 2021 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the one nearest you), or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.

Softcover and hardcover collections of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS, and other Power Rangers releases from BOOM! Studios are available now, everywhere books are sold.

MIGHTY MORPHIN #5 FIRST LOOK

Secret Origins of Mysterious New Green Ranger Revealed in MIGHTY MORPHIN #5

Discover a Mighty Morphin Origin Like No Other in March 2021

BOOM! Studios, under license by Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), revealed a first look at MIGHTY MORPHIN #5, from writer Ryan Parrott (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), artist Marco Renna, colorist Walter Baiamonte with assistance by Katia Ranalli and Sara Antonellini, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, the exciting next issue in the ERA OF UNLIMITED POWER.

The New Green Ranger’s identity has been revealed. Now, for the first time ever, discover their top secret origin…and what comes next.

MIGHTY MORPHIN #5 features main cover art by acclaimed illustrator InHyuk Lee (Seven Secrets), and variant cover art by Eleonora Carlini (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Goñi Montes (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers).

Currently, Power Rangers is celebrating 28 continuous years on the air, making it one of the longest running kids’ live-action series in television history with nearly 900 episodes aired to date. Created by Haim Saban and launched in 1993 with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the franchise celebrates its 28th season, with “Power Rangers Dino Fury”, currently airing Saturdays at 8 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon in the U.S.

MIGHTY MORPHIN is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including BRZRKR by Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney; We Only Find Them When They’re Dead by Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo; Seven Secrets by Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet; and Abbott from Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Magic from Jed McKay and Ig Guara; Dune: House Atreides by Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Dev Pramanik; Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Jordie Bellaire and David López, and Firefly from Greg Pak, Lalit Kumar Sharma & Daniel Bayliss.

Print copies of MIGHTY MORPHIN #5 will be available on March 10, 2021 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the one nearest you), or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.

Softcover and hardcover collections of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS, and other Power Rangers releases from BOOM! Studios are available now, everywhere books are sold.

Episode 151 — “I’m Dreaming Of A White Ranger” and “A Season To Remember”

Today on Power Rangers: The Power Rangers go to the North Pole to save Santa and his elves when Zedd forces them to create his hypno-toy. Then, Mondo uses his bias-blaster to make the Rangers intolerant of how other cultures celebrate the holidays.

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“Today on Power Rangers” MMPR clip courtesy of SirStack’s Youtube channel.

SirStack’s Morphylogeny: The PR Footage Guide can be found at http://sirstack.db-destiny.net/morphylogeny/main.htm

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Episode 148 — Turbo: “Shift into Turbo”

After suffering defeat at the hands of the Power Rangers in the movie, Divatox heads to Earth to exact her revenge by attempting to ruin their Graduation Day. Meanwhile, a wormhole opens up in space, bringing more big changes to the Rangers’ world!

Feedback for this show can be sent to: prchronicles@gmail.com

Ranger Chronicles is now on Patreon!

Screengrabs courtesy of Morphin’ Legacy.

SirStack’s Morphylogeny: The PR Footage Guide can be found at http://sirstack.db-destiny.net/morphylogeny/main.htm

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