This review for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 from BOOM! Studios, the official kickoff to Shattered Grid, is SPOILER-FREE. The issue goes on sale March 28, 2018.
The highly anticipated comic book event that promises to celebrate 25 years of Power Rangers history has arrived, and it kicks off with Power Rangers Time Force!
Shattered Grid is most certainly here, and it feels amazing.
Since its announcement in December 2017, Shattered Grid has left fans anxiously awaiting to see the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers unite with some of their favorite teams from across the franchise’s 25-year legacy. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 does just that, while leaving readers with a twist that stays true to Shattered Grid’s tagline – No Ranger Is Safe.
The bulk of the issue is spent focusing on the characters fans have come to know and love, including some of the new characters the comic series has introduced such as Lord Drakkon and Grace Sterling. Picking up right where the previous issue left off, readers are taken back to the scene of the crime where Lord Drakkon escaped his holding cell on Promethea shortly after killing the White Ranger’s iconic sword, Saba.
With Lord Drakkon on the run, fans are taken into the heightened situation the Rangers find themselves in – reeling from Saba’s shocking death while continuing to feel puzzled by the secrets withheld from them by Grace Sterling. The intensity provides for one of the deepest issues yet, as readers will witness our heroes at an ultimate crossroads as they juggle one of their most dangerous threats to date.
Kyle Higgins’ latest work continues to capitalize on one of the comic book series’ greatest strengths, which is the vivid exploration of our heroes’ personal struggles. Jason continues to balance the weight of being team leader, while Kimberly and Tommy continue to explore just how charming their flirtatious relationship can be.
The artwork by Daniele Di Nicuolo remains top notch, with striking colors and illustrations that perfectly capture the story’s mood. Finally getting to see Di Nicuolo bring characters such as the Time Force Rangers to life proves to be every bit of rewarding as fans would have expected it to be.
Fans will continue to be treated to the deception of Lord Drakkon, as the evil alternate-reality version of Tommy Oliver proves once again why he’s one of the most heinous villains to enter the Power Rangers franchise.
To sweeten the deal, fans will witness Lord Drakkon interact with one of the most iconic characters in Power Rangers lore in what’s unquestionably one of the highlights of Shattered Grid’s opening issue.
Let’s not kid ourselves though – the main appeal of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 was finally getting to see teams ranging from Power Rangers Zeo to Power Rangers Ninja Steel enter the fold, and while the issue does an incredible job of setting the scene for the issues ahead, the story almost feels more like a Shattered Grid prelude than it does the official kickoff of the highly anticipated event.
The issue’s ending will leave you emotional and in awe as Power Rangers: Shattered Grid is still shaping up to be the incredible crossover fans were hoping it would be, but don’t pop the champagne bottles just yet – aside from a couple past Rangers making short-lived appearances, the bulk of your favorite childhood heroes have yet to arrive.
FINAL SCORE: 7.5/10
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 continues to deliver the rich story-telling the comic book series has become infamously known for while leaving you with an emotional twist, but fans will have to wait a little bit longer to truly see their favorite Rangers from the franchise’s 25-year legacy take center stage.