Good morning, everyone, today is Tuesday and we have an all-new spoiler free review for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #108. So, as many can expect, this issue comes out tomorrow at most retailers, and digital outlets. Now, I can proudly say that my prediction on what I though was going to happen did not occur. For those unaware, in my previous review I mentioned I thought everyone would have to unite to stop Mistress Vile. However, that prediction turned out to be wrong on so many levels, but I was still happy about this outcome. Like I found this to be a nice way to keep readers guessing what will happen moving forward. Anyway, thanks again to Boom! Studios for providing us this copy, and without further ado let’s get into our review!
- Artist: Marco Renna
- Colorist: Francesco Segala with assistance by Gloria Martinelli.
- Lettering: Ed Dukeshire
- Writers: Melissa Flores
- Designer: Madison Goyette
- Editor: Allyson Gronowitz
- Cover Artist: Taurin Clarke (Cover A), Bon Bernado (Cover B), Taurin Clark (Cover C), Ivan Tao (Cover D), Carlos Dattoli (Cover E), Aaron Bartling (Cover F)
- Hasbro Special Thanks to Irvin Ducournau, Tayla Reo, Michael Kelly, and Ed Lane.
Our issue begins with a flashback to Mistress Vile and Alpha-1 on the alien planet, Bizark months ago. In this moment, readers finally learn how and why The Vessel is who they appear to be. Surprisingly, it makes sense too because of how the original lore from the television series leaves room for comic situations. Additionally, it helps to explain why the comics remain MMPR centered without those seasons being used for brand recognition. Like the team at Boom! Studios are creating fantastic alternative lore that tries to bridge all things Power Rangers together. As a result, I would love nothing than another series that is set in 10,000 years in the past. Especially, since I really want to see more on how Zordon, Rita Repulsa, and Lord Zedd used to be.
Anyway, following the birth of The Vessel, we jump to Mistress Vile’s current attack on the Earth. Many of these pages are well-illustrated, showcasing each location being attacked, and feature resurrected monsters like Eye Guy. Like this issue’s creative team really emphasized on the scale of this invasion by even including Matt summoning the Dragonzord. However, what I love is how everything is fixated on The Vessel walking through the chaos towards his designated target. Although, when first reading the book, I did not expect where The Vessel was heading towards. Yet, I should have expected that The Vessel would visit the Command Center soon due to the prior issue. Unfortunately, the Rangers on standby are simply unable to stop the The Vessel from entering to meet Zordon.
Now, given who The Vessel is though, it makes sense why he is able to get by the Rangers easily. In addition, once getting into the Command Center, it becomes hard to navigate since everything moving forward is a spoiler. So, without ruining the confrontation between Zordon and The Vessel too much, I will keep things vague. From the encounter, their conversation has a cosmic feel to it, from its presentation to the dialogue used. Personally, I find to be wonderful, and it gives weight to them being presented as otherworldly beings. Coincidentally, it is what I have come to love about Melissa Flores’ writing, as her scripts keep me fixated. Also, having this very expositional issue is a nice change of pace when compared to recent non-stop action-packed installments. Like sometimes people just want a break from the action, and crazy plot twists before continuing the ride. Although, I can only assume that things will only escalate further in our following issues.
Whereas, returning to the main conversation, I love how Zordon’s characterization is becoming the forefront of the comics. Like for a man trapped in a tube, Zordon is becoming a greater character than the show ever presented. Yet, the comics continue off the basis on what makes Zordon great, and that is his faith in other people. For example, Zordon is like Avatar: The Last Airbender’s Uncle Iroh in which he understands how powerful hope is. Specifically, Zordon believes that no one is too far gone for redemption, and he continues seeing the good in everyone. Although, the problem with Zordon’s belief is that it has led to some terrible things, and consequences for his actions. However, as a character, Zordon is someone who is unshakable in their belief, and I love that about his character.
Anyway, from their confrontation The Vessel seems free of Mistress Vile’s control, and must make their own decisions moving forward. So, I am curious to know what choice he will make, and how it will affect the current story. Whereas, it seems that the Rangers and their allies still do not have a way to resolve this situation. Yet, it is only a matter of time until our heroes find a way to defeat Mistress Vile. However, as for this issue, I really enjoy what it does for the story thus far, and expands Zordon’s character. Overall, I insist that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #108 is a must read for everyone, so purchase this copy immediately!
Final Score: 4.5 out of 5 Power Coins