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Review – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #43 (BOOM! Studios)

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #43 (BOOM! Studios) variant cover art (detail) by Goni Montes
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #43
Overall
9/10
9/10
  • Writing - 8.8/10
    8.8/10
  • Art - 9.2/10
    9.2/10
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Summary

Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Danielle Di Nicuolo
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: September 25th, 2019

Pressure is mounting on the Rangers in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #43.

 

A Broken Team Must Reassemble in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #43

After a defeat that rocks the team to its very core, the Power Rangers must assess how to move forward. Not only are they down a ranger, but new members are still gelling as we crack into this issue. Pressure mounts on the shoulders of these teenagers with attitude in this well-placed and -paced story. At the center of it are the rangers. The creative forces behind Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #43 succeed in places the show couldn’t reach.

Writing

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #43 (BOOM! Studios) Cover art by Jamal Campbell
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #43 (BOOM! Studios) Cover art by Jamal Campbell

Ryan Parrott has been on Go Go Power Rangers, and now the main title. This being my first taste of his writing style I was ready to be skeptical however he far from dropped the ball. Parrott sells us on how deep Dayne’s battle with the rangers truly cuts, a fine thread for this issue. The opening scene is visceral enough that it adds even more weight to Dayne’s attack. Presenting Dayne as a foe the team just can’t wrap their heads around is brazen but works effectively to wring emotion out of Power Rangers #43. Parrot sets the tone and feel of the issue early on and let’s the reader soak it in, something so many writer’s don’t have the restraint always to do. On top of all that fun however lies the story revolving around Trini, Jason, and Zack as the Omega Rangers. It is an absolutely brilliant choice to dive into their absence, one I can’t wait to see where it goes next.

Art

Danielle Di Nicuolo has a star-making performance throughout this entire issue. The paneling is exquisite and easy to flow with through the action sequences, a plus for any comic. Danielle gets the most out of not only the fights, but the more personal-touch moments that crop up throughout Power Rangers #43. The rangers feel lost and often befuddled under her art, as they should with the story running through this comic, and Dayne feels every bit the imposing threat he should be. Danielle’s work once again shows how much the Power Rangers book is able to reach places the show was never quite able(or meant to) go. She takes advantage of that lack of restrictions several times in standout sequences.

Overall

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #43 is a solid but still spectacular addition to this run. Parrot and Di Nicuolo are in tip-top shape as they stretch the team wide and thin through the wringer. The addition of Dayne as a character and his ties to Rangers lore strengthen this book in the best way possible. This current story arc is an ideal leaping-on point for new readers, but I wouldn’t waste much more time. The continued development of each ranger’s character is solid bedrock for this issue and going forward as a whole. Excellent work from an excellent creative team and series.


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