‘Lights, Camera, and Back to Action’ for the penultimate issue of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II. Currently, the Mutant Rangers are in dire straits, but a familiar mentor brings new allies to turn the tide. Meanwhile the battle rages in Dimension X, where alliances are formed to stop both, Rita Repulsa and General Krang. Anyway, before jumping into this spoiler free review we would like to thank Boom! Studios for providing Hero-Club this copy.
- Artist: Dan Mora
- Colorist: Raúl Angulo
- Lettering: Ed Dukeshire
- Writer: Ryan Parrott
- Editor-in-Chief: Matt Gagnon
- Designer: Madison Goyette
- Editor: Dafna Pleban
- Cover Artist: Dan Mora (Cover A), Kevin Eastman & Freddie Williams II with colors by Andrew Dalhouse (B) Jordan Gibson (C), Taurin Clarke (D), Kevin Eastman & Freddie Williams II (E), Simone Di Meo (F), Karen S. Darboe of Magnus Arts (G), E.M Gist (H), Miguel Mercado (I), Goni Montes (J), Sajad Shah (K)
- Hasbro Special Thanks to Irvin Ducournau, Tayla Reo, Michael Kelly, and Ed Lane.
- Nickelodeon Special Thanks to Jeff Whitman, Lourdes Arocho, Nick Nino, and Charles Beacham.
Focus on your individual journey and not the steps of others young Zack. Utilize your size, find your strength, and leave the rest to instinct. – Master Splinter
Our issue begins in Dimension X with all of the Turtles stranded alongside the Shredder. Here we get some funny banter where Mikey tries to remain hopeful during this terrible situation. During all of the bantering, Mikey asks Shredder an interesting question who in turn flips it back onto the Turtles. However, from this conversation readers easily are reminded and able to understand the difference between who these characters are. Like I really appreciate how Ryan Parrott crafted such a simple question, and response for this exchange in dialogue.
Then transitioning to Angel Grove, the “Mutant Rangers” are doing their best to combat Rita Repulsa’s and Kang’s invasion force. Currently, Zack is struggling with being a Mastodon, which is fair since the Rangers were only mutated mere hours earlier. Thankfully, Master Splinter appears to give advice on how the Rangers can navigate becoming the most ferocious creatures on Earth. Whereas, Dan Mora and Raul Angulo convey the Rangers’ struggle and battle amazingly, especially when each Ranger is physically different. Like the Turtles are humanoid to a degree and move like ninjas, but the Rangers vary due to their powers. So, I assume that Mora and Angulo had a challenge trying to put everything together as seen here. However, I am really thankful that they managed to pull this off, and they deserve all the praise.
Now, something I want to discuss briefly is ‘Dragon Ranger’ Tommy’s one-on-one fight with Leatherhead. Specifically, I find it funny that Leatherhead mentions he has been promised a state where most of his kind live. Following that though, the issue checks in on Rita and Krang, but it mostly focuses on Bebop and Rocksteady. Coincidentally, they have managed to catch Bulk and Skull leading to the two comedic duos playing off each other. So, many should enjoy this interaction since these pairs fit similar roles in their respected franchise. Although, the scene also features an interaction between Rita and Casey, but that is all I am going to say. Yet, regarding the artwork for that particular interaction, I can say that Mora and Angulo really made Rita appear intimidating.
Finally, we return to Dimension X, where the Turtles and Shredder have freed a familiar face. Although, this individual has not been previously seen within this ongoing mini-series until this exact moment. As a result, they collectively fight through Rita’s and Krang’s forces only to discover something lost within Dimension X. However, without spoiling anything, there is a gorgeous shot of the Turtles that fans should look forward to. Personally, it is a highlight, and when it regards hype moments like this, this creative team nails it every time. Additionally, I can say that I have not been disappointed by any issue from this mini-series yet. Whereas, the issue itself ends on a solid cliffhanger making me curious as to how everything will end next month. Overall, MMPR/ TMNT is becoming a formula for success, and I hope Boom! Studios gets to produce another installment someday. Nevertheless, for fans interested in purchasing this issue, here is a friendly reminder that it be available this Wednesday.