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Review – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #44 (BOOM! Studios)

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #44 (BOOM Studios) foil variant cover (detail) by Goni Montes
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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #44

Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Daniele Di Nicuolo
Colors: Walter Baiamonte
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: October 30th, 2019

As Dayne crushes the White Ranger-less team, the Omega Rangers finally make their presence known on Earth.

New Rangers Arrive in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #44

Ryan Parrott continues to be a master of innovation while carrying Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #44. With the latest installment of the series, Parrott delivers on last issue’s cliffhanger from the opening page. With him on pencils again is Daniele Di Nicuolo, who continues to lift the source material to a place this longtime Rangers fan never thought possible. As Dayne crushes the White Ranger-less team, the Omega Rangers finally make their presence known on Earth.

Writing

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #44 (BOOM Studios) main cover by Jamal Campbell
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #44 (BOOM! Studios) main cover by Jamal Campbell

Parrott is pulling double duties with the Rangers these days, but it hasn’t dulled his touch in the slightest. He breezes this issue forward while once again hitting the story and emotional beats this title richly deserves. Dayne continues to be quite possibly the best Power Rangers villain in some time, and even gives Lord Drakkon quite the run for the top spot. Parrott has pulled not a single punch on giving the villains room to breathe and grow, and the protagonists are all the better off because of it. The spotlight this issue, however, lies in the Omega Rangers. Parrott has taken one of the show’s biggest question marks and turned it into a thread that can be pulled on for many issues to come. 

Art

Daniele Di Nicuolo and Walter Baiamonte give Parrot’s story the elegance and lushness it has earned. Di Nicuolo gives Dayne and Lord Zedd some of the best panels in this issue, with Dayne leering above the Rangers’ Zords a standout. Di Nicuolo is easily one of the best artists in comics. Baiamonte, batting cleanup with his colors, gives this issue that extra spark to kick it up a notch. The art on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #44 really drives the action home, and the moon siege in this issue is a bright spot in all of comics this month. The designs on the Omega Rangers are truly some of my favorite this year, and it’s nice to see them set so far apart from the Earth team’s gear. What hits the hardest this issue is the Omega Zords, as I can’t imagine how Di Nicuolo managed to design such a fresh take on the concept for this team.

Overall

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #44 continues a trend Parrot and Di Nicuolo have set in top-tier quality. The art and writing go hand in hand without hindrance. Jason, Trini, and Zack are more interesting than ever in this issue. Di Nicuolo’s work on Dayne makes him feel every bit the threat Parrot needs him to be. The best part is that there is no way to predict where this story goes forward. Needless to say, #44 is a standout in a series full of the like.


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