Happy Tuesday everyone, Power Rangers as a television series might be taking a break but the comics are not! Especially, since we have an all-new spoiler free review for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #109, which releases tomorrow. Now, before I begin though, this issue returns to the on-going events from 107 following “the breather” during 108. Also, as always thank again Boom! Studios for providing us with this review copy. Anyway, without further ado let us morph back into action…
- Artist: Simona Di Gianfelice
- Colorist: Raúl Angulo with assistance by Jose Enrique Fernández
- Lettering: Ed Dukeshire
- Writers: Melissa Flores
- Designer: Madison Goyette
- Editor: Allyson Gronowitz
- Assistant Editor: Kenzie Rzonca
- Cover Artist: Taurin Clarke (Cover A), Vincenzo Riccardi (B), Bon Bernardo (C), Taurin Clarke (D), Ivan Tao (E), Carlos Dattoli (F)
- Hasbro Special Thanks to Irvin Ducournau, Tayla Reo, Michael Kelly, and Ed Lane.
Our issue begins on Safehaven with Kiya attempting to fight Drakkon who clearly has the upper hand in this confrontation. Here we learn Drakkon’s intentions to convince Kiya that they must work together against the looming threat of Dark Specter. Also, we get to see Kiya’s reaction to Yale being the one to replace her, as the Omega Blue Ranger. Although, Drakkon quickly makes a great observation by stating “Says more about you than the cat.” Additionally, there is a brief one-sided battle where Drakkon and Kiya handle the two newest Omega Rangers with ease. Yet, when Zack and Trini arrive the villainous pair take their leave, while Drakkon surprisingly gives Trini some advice. However, I am unsure if Trini will take the advice, when considering their past interactions during the “Power Rangers run.” For those unaware, during that period in the comics Trini has begun to believe that Drakkon can be redeemed. So, this current interaction between the two could be a possible sign of things to come with Drakkon’s involvement. Like Drakkon is either playing with Trini’s beliefs or changing into a necessary anti-hero, but I do question his motives.
Anyway, we cut to Promethea, and Mistress Vile has made short work of just about everyone there. Immediately, Vile informs Grace that she wants Grace to witness her victory, which we know is coming soon. Yet, with that said, we get to see Lord Zedd appear again, and clash with Mistress Vile once more. Whereas, the dialogue between them is spot on, so a huge shout out to Melissa Flores with her writing. Like the speech Melissa crafts is always amazing to the extent it sounds as if the television characters said them. Also, Melissa really gets into this dynamic of a superpower couple having a lovers’ quarrel in a way. Especially, when reading Mistress Vile’s lines, fans will get the sense that she would have done anything for Lord Zedd. In addition, the coloring and action of their fight reminds me of their flashback battle from issue 106. So, huge props to Simona Di Gianfelice who was in charge of art for that issue repeating it again here.
Then on the Power Rangers side of the issue, the team is working hard to take Matt down. Unfortunately, the team for the moment consists of Kimberly and Aisha, but the latter really gets to shine here. Like I did not see Aisha doing most of the work, so it is a pleasant and welcomed surprise. Coincidentally, one thing I really like is the action sequences use of color in the background to convey certain emotions. First, there is a shot of Matt punching Aisha set to the color red to invoke “Matt’s” rage and hate. Soon that is followed by another sequence that goes between yellow, red, green, and red again before ending with white. Although, this specific sequence bounces between both of their emotions and actions as they clash with one another. Personally, I see it see as not just adding to the suspense, but how Aisha wants to save Matt. As a result, artistic decisions like these from Raúl Angulo and Jose Enrique Fernandez always interest me. In addition, I always find hard to praise their work enough to do it justice, so fans check it out.
Finally, the issue ends with the Rangers struggling to save Matt, and the Vessel returning to Mistress Vile. Meanwhile, something big is about to go down at Safehaven, but that should pick up in the next issue. So, if I had to guess this arc is in its endgame, and Mistress Vile is set to win. Currently, like most fans, I am interested in seeing how things play out for our heroes. However, the recent press releases have ruined part of the surprise moving forward, and somewhat hurt the building tension. Like if things regarding the upcoming event dropped after Vile’s victory, I would have probably been more shocked. Yet, with Darkest Hour beginning soon, I am at least looking forward to how the Power Rangers will recover things. Nevertheless, this feels somewhat like going from Turbo to In Space, so everything moving forward should be really interesting.
Final Score: 4 out of 5 Power Coins