Ryan Parrott Talks About the Twists and Changes in MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #40
I am continually blown away by how awesome the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic series is. Issue 40 recently dropped to start off the new storyline, “Necessary Evil.” This brings us back to the original group of Rangers after the events of “Shattered Grid.” There are some spoilers ahead, so be warned.
In MMPR #40, we find that Tommy is now the White Ranger and we now have Adam, Aisha, and Rocky as the Black, Yellow, and Red Rangers respectively. That’s right, we’ve gone to the second half of season two of the TV series. That means that we also have a new villain, Lord Zedd! Fans love this classic villain and writer Ryan Parrott told io9 that they took this opportunity to really flesh out Zedd so that he wasn’t just a more menacing version of Rita Repulsa. Part of how they’re doing that is having Zedd bring in a new character, a Sirian like Cruger of SPD named Dane.
Another nice touch was how the story addresses how the new Rangers really have problems they need to sort out for themselves and with the other Rangers. We didn’t really get that in the show, so this is a very nice touch.
Of course, after I read the issue, there was one big question on my mind: what heck is going on with Jason, Trini and Zack!? At the very end we see the three not in Switzerland at the peace conference like they say they are, but rather somewhere that looks like an alien planet still being Power Rangers. WHAT!? Once again, Parrott talked about this moment and how he wanted to deepen the mythology and thought this would be a cool way to do it. He doesn’t give us much info though because he says there’s a lot in MMPR #41.
I’m really happy with how these comics are going and can’t wait for #41 to drop on July 24.