SHATTERED GRID Writers Talk About Death of SPOILER

If you’ve been following the Shattered Grid story in the Power Ranger comics, you know that there was a bit of a surprise death in the Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) issue. If you have not read the issue, be warned of spoilers.

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In the FCBD issue, we get to see Lord Drakkon kill Rita Repulsa. The moment shows us how Drakkon rose to power in his world and it is intense. It turns out Saban wasn’t always on board with this move. Kyle Higgins and Ryan Parrott, the guys who wrote the comic, were recently on the Ranger Danger podcast and talked about this moment and some other things. You can listen to the whole episode, but here’s what Higgins had to say about Rita’s death:

The thing that I was pitching from day one on this issue was that we see Drakkon kill Rita in Drakkon’s universe, and the note came back for a minute that they didn’t want us to do that because they were concerned we would just gloss over it, and I basically had to promise that we would be devoting...I think we had to do a page breakdown to show them we would devote significant page real estate to it, and so I just felt like this has to be in the issue. You have to have some sort of big reveal in the mythology that fans that have been reading the book will see for the first time. This is the spot to do it, and I don’t know where else to do it in the event, because it’s not big enough to supersede Drakkon’s story in the event but in this free comic book day issue it absolutely can work.

Parrott chimed in as well:

Well, I actually really liked it because we go, before that we go ‘Rita’s the big villain’. And then here comes Tommy and then you basically by the end of this issue you go ‘guess what, Tommy has just usurped the big villain’ which is exactly what the series is setting up, so I really liked that. How it was like ‘oh you know how we just told you in that big double splash that this character’s really important? We just killed her.’ I like that a lot.

Shattered Grid continues with Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #10 coming out June 6, 2018.

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