Mighty Morphin Power Rangers presents a much more difficult challenge than your average licensed comic. It can be a real juggling act to capture that sense of childlike wonder that came with watching the original TV series back in the ’90s while also crafting a more complex and narrative-driven comic. It’s no longer enough to simply pit the Rangers against one Rita Repulsa-spawned monster after another and call it a day. Fortunately, writer Kyle Higgins and artist Hendry Prasetya have been up to the challenge, and that hasn’t changed as they move deeper into their next major conflict.
This new storyline is developing into a surprisingly dark affair, both in terms of tone and literally in terms of lighting. This issue drags the Rangers into a new mission in a remote village in Eastern Europe, one that holds a few fantastical secrets. The result is a nicely action-oriented counterpoint to issue #17, and one that gives pretty much every Ranger a brief moment or two to shine during the course of battle. You have to appreciate Zach’s sense of humor, even if none of his teammates do.