By: Michael Worthan
It’s MORPHIN TIME!!!!
If you know that cry you were a child, or an adult who was a fan, when Power Rangers first came on the scene, that was 23 years ago. Now we have a ton of Power Rangers stuff coming back, making a massive resurgence and I’m here to talk about it!
So if you hadn’t noticed in the last few months there has been a massive influx of Power Rangers happening in the media, and a lot of it is getting the spotlight.With the new Power Rangers movie coming out on March 24th 2017 starring well known vets Bryan Cranston as Zordon, Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, and Bill Hader as everyone’s favorite sidekick robot Alpha 5. This take on the Rangers still features five teenagers with attitude heavily, but it also seems to be a darkened version of the campy show we all grew up with, with fans being divided we will just have to wait and see how the new Power Rangers are taken when the movie opens.
Then we have not one, not two, but three different Power Ranger comic books that are up and running right, my favorite of the three is Kyle Higgins take on the Rangers right after Tommy the Green Ranger joined the fold. You see in fighting, temperaments flare, as well as distrust and angst, y’know like real teenagers. It is great storytelling and even though it rides on Power Rangers old tropes of wearing the color of the Ranger you are all the time, Putty Patrollers not being all that useful, and yelling when you morph, it has heart and a great inside story that the show never would have been able to do. The ending of the first arch makes you take a step back and wonder.
The second book, which currently is running, is all about Kimberly the pink Ranger. She is retired, away from home, and some bad things start to go down. Luckily she has Zordon and Alpha 5 in her corner as they re-up the retired Rangers powers and she once again morphs into action. This story brings in some different themes, and rides well with the Pink Ranger being the main character. In general I think this would have made a good TV show if given the proper budget and done well, but it’s just as well it is comic book form.
The third comic book, and one that just started not too long ago, is Justice League vs Power Rangers. The base story is that the Rangers are thrown into the DC Universe and are met by the one and only Justice League. How things go and what truly occurs is not for me to spoil, but you do get the Versus part almost right away and it is pretty phenomenal.
While all of this is going on we still have the Saban branded show running at full steam with its 23rd season having started on Nickelodeon already, Ninja Steel in America. For twenty three years people have donned the colorful costumes and defended the world against a plethora of different villains. The names and zords may change, but the message always stays the same, Good vs. Evil, with evil sometimes turning good. Its not exactly riveting storytelling but for those of us that like to have some campy fun the shows are always a great watch.
And last but not least, beyond the plethora of merchandise either coming out or soon to be coming out, we have a video game on PS4 and XBox One, that is a side scrolling adventure in the vein of the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games, as well as a few other great arcade games. This fun little game can be purchased digitally and it seems like they’ll have some cool DLC content with it so enjoy!
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