This year’s Power Rangers movie reboot was a amazingly potent dosage of nostalgia for us 90 s kids who grew up pretending to fight Putties in our back yards but if youre looking for a hour machine to haul you back to the halcyon periods when Power Ranger was your nightmare career, comic publisher BOOM! Studios has your DeLorean.
BOOM! debuted its first Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic in March 2016, and the ongoing monthly series from writer Kyle Higgins and artist Hendry Prasetya has quickly established itself as a must-read for original fans and franchise newbies, combining the emotional complexity of Higgins critically-acclaimed run on DCs Nightwing comics with the blockbuster scope of his Batman books.
I’m not writing Power Rangers as I recollect them; I’m writing Power Rangers as I recollect them making me feel , Higgins explains. This huge, larger than life scope, with a real focus on the friendship and the interpersonal dynamics of the team that’s what Power Rangers is to me. We’re only improbably fortunate to have a medium in comics where our imagination is our only limitation.
And just as the Power Rangers TV franchise has continued to evolve over the years, the success of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic, both critically and commercially, has paved the way for a new ongoing sister series from BOOM! Studios.
Go Go Power Rangers , written by Ryan Parrott with artwork by Dan Mora, will debut in July 2017, and Mashable has an exclusive first look at the notion artwork for the new comic from Mora below 😛 TAGEND
“Its very exciting to see how improbably well received our comics have been by the fans and how much they have enjoyed us amply taking advantage of the medium to tell new tales with expanded scope and deeper character exploration, ” mentions Saban SVP of growing and production Brian Casentini, who serves as a producer on the TV series and new movie. “Our beloved fans have supported the franchise for over 24 times and we are aroused for this new comic to tell even more great Mighty Morphin’ Power Ranger tales for them to enjoy. “
While Higgins Mighty Morphin Power Rangers takes place in the period after Tommy Oliver first joins the team as the Green Ranger, Go Go seems back at the timeframe following the end of Zordon dedicates Jason, Kimberly, Trini, Zack and Billy their powers issue# 1 is determine the day after the events of the TV proves pilot.
One of the things about the pilot that I liked so much is that they just get dropped into the entire thing. Theyre morphing; they have Zords; and then theyre opposing a giant monkey in an armored suit. It’s like, it’s that fast? Parrott chuckles. The period after that, sitting in the local diner while everybody’s wondering what happened is one of the scenes in the first question. I think that’s the fun. That’s a lot of where the stories of Go Go em> will take place, in those in-between minutes where we are really answer like real people.
BOOM! Studios Dafna Pleban, who edits both series , notes that part of the appeal of Go Go is that it dedicates us the opportunity to see who these characters are as teens first, early on in their Ranger careers. Its been awesome to see how Ryan and Dan have explored the inner life of these characters even amid the crazy, awe-inspiring act of has become a Power Ranger. We get to tackle with the real emotional impact of what it means to have such a big responsibility at such a young age, and Jason, Kimberly, Zack, Trini, and Billy are a great behavior in to explore that kind of story.
As Higgins points out, MMPR is the big, monster, monster-fighting, timeline-hopping, universe-threatening series. There’s not much time to focus on Angel Grove High.
Go Go , on the other hand, will center around those emotional arc and the teams real-life dilemmas, which are only exacerbated by their secret identities and new responsibilities.
The motto I’ve been looking at is saving the world is easy, but high school is hard, Parrott mentions, comparing the new series to the likes of Ultimate Spider-Man and Buffy the Vampire Slayer . What attains the notion so interesting to me was that you’re talking about five high school kids.
Parrott learns Go Go as an opportunity to fill in the backstories of the Rangers and their friends and foes in a manner that is the TV demonstrate and Higgins comic dont had a chance to do, between all the plot twists and boss battles.
It’s going to jump around a lot. Like, what was it like before they get powers? Were there more members of the group? Did getting these powers abruptly change their group dynamic? Did they all have expectations for their lives to go in one direction and then it abruptly changes to another? Parrott teases. We have expectations of who we think they were from the pilot, but they might not ought to have that.
Pleban agrees, Whats so great about MMPR is that we get to really play with a budget the original TV series never had access to; we can explore new battlegrounds and monsters with an eye for big, epic minutes that we ever depicted as kids, and now get to realize in comics. Go Go lets us tell another side of the tale that the TV demonstrate didnt necessarily have the time forwe get to tell the emotional, lasting impact of these grand adventures. Both Go Go and MMPR are complementary, in my intellect, filling in a 360 -degree approach to this world.
While its not essential to read both volumes to follow the individual storylines, Higgins and Parrott are working closely together to ensure that readers get added value if theyre equally are used in Go Go em> and MMPR .
One of things I enjoy so much about shared universe storytelling is that you can see events in one volume, and altogether appreciate them for what they are, but if the writers are really gelling and on the same page you might get different context for the same event, or maybe a character, in the other volume, Higgins explains. “Ryan and I have known each other a very long time. So it’s very, very exciting for me that we actually get paid now to sit around and violate awesome medium-subverting tales, genuinely playing with the possibilities that the monthly storytelling format allows for.
And the duo arent retaining their ideas to themselves. Ryan pitched me new ideas the other period that is so cool and it plays to the strengths of exactly what we are talking about where a character might get introduced in Go Go , and have different context provided for them in Mighty Morphin , Higgins adds. I don’t want to say you need to read both volumes. It’s not like that, but they do definitely play off each other in really fun and arousing way.
Parrott compares their approach to Lost : The island would give you these big epic movements in the tale, but then every flashback would give you these small intimate character tales that altogether change the behavior you would look at the big events. That was one of the things that was so cool about getting to do this with Kyle.
Collaboration is woven into the DNA of the franchise; as Parrott notes, one of the strengths of the Power Rangers is the fact that theyre a squad. It’s about these five friends relying on each other when they’re only figuring it out as they go along. That’s one thing that I’ve been trying to dig into, is to really look at these people as amply fleshed out individuals with hopes, and dreams, and expectations, and then see how this thing upended all of that.
But that squad will no doubt evolved over time, even before Tommy arrived, Parrott adds, which is why readers will get a different and mutually reinforcing experience when reading the two books.
I like that our groups are going to have different power dynamics simply since they are take place at different points[ on the same timeline ], Parrott mentions. One of the things we talked about early[ was] in the first issue of Go Go , before they got their powers, Zack was kind of the Alpha male of the group. It wasn’t Jason. Once the power came in and Zordon looks at Jason and says you’re the leader, how did Zack feel about that? How would you feel if you were the one in charge, and then you’re not? Does he accept his role in the group? My book’s a lot of the how? It’s how did we get to this point? How do we change them and spin them so that they are able to give you more insight into who the specific characteristics are?
Its all about context. To me, the possibility of being re-contextualize certain things that we have accepted or taken for granted is so much fun with two series like this, Higgins agrees. It’s also a lot of fun interacting and working with Saban to make this all gel with the demonstrate timeline. Plainly, we’re doing this in the publication medium, and we’ve updated some things in 2017, but we want this to be as much a part of the demonstrate legacy and continuity as possible.
He adds, Right now[ in MMPR ], we’re in an alternate timeline where, obviously, Tommy and Billy have met Lord Drakkon and they know about the White Light power. How the heck would that square with what we know happens in the demonstrate moves forward? And that’s part of the challenge, but also part of the fun in something that you spend a lot of hour genuinely developing.
Not merely does July bring usthe first installment of Go Go Power Rangers , issue 17 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will start a new arc right along with it, differentiating an easy jumping on point for new readers( although its never too late to start from the beginning MMPR is a deliciously bingeable read ).
The first 16 issues genuinely looked at the idea of a group dynamic through the lens of someone new joining that group, Higgins notes. So if Power Rangers are defined by the power of teamwork and relationship, what does that look like when that whole teamwork dynamic get upended? How do they learn to work together again? And Tommy learning to espouse and find his role on that squad. It just so happened that I went into alternate timelines that tell us cautionary narrations of what would have happened if Tommy had not left Rita’s side.
But were back to our own reality and timeline in #17, and the Rangers will be dealing with the fallout of the previous 16 issues, Higgins says.
Looking at what it means to be a Ranger in a times of peace is how the tale starts … Because there’s a lot of aftermath and repercussions and ramifications for our characters as a result of everything that they’ve gone through but also[ for] the world, because the last hour “weve been” assured our timeline proper, the Black Dragon was controlling all the Rangers Zords, and becoming these great defenders into big threats that were all amassed in these different metropolis, on the verge of destroying them all, he mentions. So what do things look like after that, both for the Rangers and the world?
While avoiding spoilers, Higgins does share that one of Parrotts suggestions had a major impact on the next arc of MMPR , highlighting the creative dynamic between them.
I will say that there’s something coming up in this next arc that actually genuinely stems from new ideas that Ryan threw out, and I only kind of took it and sprinted, ” he teases. “It’s probably my favorite thing that we’ve done yet in this series. And where individuals visualize what it is … you’re going to know it when you see it, either when it’s announced, or when it comes out. I just think it’s really cool, and I can’t wait to write it.
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If you want to go into the new series altogether unspoiled, stop reading here, otherwise, scroll down for three key pieces of intel from Ryan Parrott that will advise Go Go Power Rangers and give you a new perspective on the canon of the Power Rangers franchise.
Tommy wasnt the first guy to be the sixth member of the group.
We are going to show that the group was larger than five people before, but merely five of them were chosen, Parrott teases. So what happens to the group member that wasn’t picked? When all five of his friends are currently running around as the Power Rangers and cannot tell him why, and what does that do to him? If all your best friend one day only started presenting up at the coffee shop without let me tell you something, you’re like, Is it me?
Kimberly had a love life before Tommy, too.
The other thing is we’re going to introduce the fact that Kimberly had a boyfriend before the latter are Power Rangers, Parrott discloses. Who that person is and how they are able to fit into the tale is going to be an interesting balancing act. That will be a major plot point for the entire series, if I get my way.
Billy had an unlikely friendship . strong>
I really like the notion that when he was younger, Billy and Skull were actually genuinely, really good friends. And how they developed apart, and why Skull became Bulk’s second is going to be something we address, Parrott mentions , noting that he was inspired by the way friendships and cliques change between elementary school and high school.
You look at each other and you’re like we were the best of friends. We shared GI Joes and now you’re hurling water balloons at my psyche.[ We explore] how that happens, why that happens especially with person like Billy, who is a target for bullies. He has a new power and he can’t do anything with it. He’s not allowed to. So he has to continue to pretend to be this nerd even though he has the ability to defend himself. That’s going to be something we’re going to play with. One of the things that we’re going to play off of, is that Billy had aspirations of leaving Angel Grove. He had aspirations of getting and starting a whole new life, and prosecuting more of an academic career. Now he’s stick there defending the world, and is that something that he is okay with?
Go Go Power Rangers # 1 and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #17 will be available July 2017, published by BOOM! Studios.
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