BOOM! Studios, under license by Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), announced today that one of the biggest mysteries in Power Rangers history will be revealed as the GO GO POWER RANGERS series joins the epic Necessary Evil event in July 2019.
GO GO POWER RANGERS #21, from the writing duo of Ryan Parrott (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) & Sina Grace (Iceman) and artist Francesco Mortarino (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), begins the reveal of the secret history behind the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers with the introduction of all new characters, new alliances and jaw-dropping answers to some of the biggest questions that fans have always asked.
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers have survived the shocking events of their war with Lord Drakkon—a twisted alternate-reality version of Tommy Oliver (AKA the Mighty Morphin Green Ranger)—and reality has now been reset…but has the danger truly passed? Why don’t the Rangers recall the incredible events of the landmark Shattered Grid? The answer to this question will set one of the Rangers on a path that will reveal an explosive, previously untold story in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers mythos that will change everything you thought you knew.
GO GO POWER RANGERS #21 features a main cover by Amelia Vidal (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), with variant covers by Miguel Mercado (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and Gleb Melnikov, and more to be announced.
New York Times Bestselling author Ryan Parrott is a writer in multiple mediums. A graduate of Chapman University, Parrott has written on television series NBC’s Revolution and Hulu’s Chance. In comics, Ryan was a co-writer on DC’s Batman: Gates of Gotham, several of IDW’s Star Trek titles, including Starfleet Academy, Boldly Go and Manifest Destiny, as well as the NBC series finale Revolution: Endgame. Parrott was one of the key architects of the landmark Power Rangers: Shattered Grid comic book event and currently writes Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers at BOOM! Studios, along with creator-owned projects Volition and Oberon for Aftershock Comics, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife. He will become the series writer of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers beginning with issue #40 in June 2019.
“Two years ago, I started on GO GO POWER RANGERS with the goal of crafting a series that placed an emphasis on character and focused as much on teenage relationships as it did on giant monsters. Naturally, when I was offered the chance to write Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, I assumed my time exploring the personal lives of the ‘Teenagers with Attitude’ was over. Thankfully… I was wrong,” said writer Ryan Parrott. “Now, while the current iteration of GO GO POWER RANGERS is about to draw to a close, an exciting new chapter awaits. I’m thrilled to have the incredible talents of Sina Grace and Francesco Mortarino coming onboard and I promise that Go Go’s style and sensibilities will remain constant, even as we introduce new and familiar characters, recontextualize iconic series moments and explore bold new areas of the Power Ranger mythology. I really hope you all come along for the journey.”
Sina Grace is a writer and artist living in Los Angeles, CA who has earned prestigious nominations for both the GLAAD Media Awards and the PRISM Awards. He is best known for his slice-of-life memoirs at Image Comics, including Self-Obsessed and Nothing Lasts Forever; the highly anticipated reimagining of Jughead’s Time Police at Archie Comics; and the critically-acclaimed, landmark Iceman series at Marvel Entertainment. Grace has been a part of the Power Rangers comic book series at BOOM! Studios from day one, illustrating variant covers for the chart-topping Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1, along with both writing & illustrating one of the comic book stories celebrating the 25th anniversary of the pop culture phenomenon in 2018. Ghosted in LA, Grace’s new original series at BOOM! Studios, will launch in July 2019.
“As a lifelong Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fan, and I’m thrilled to work beside Ryan on one of the most exciting chapters in the Rangers’ history,” said writer Sina Grace. “Mom, if you’re reading this: thanks for waiting in line before work to get me that Megazord.”
Francesco Mortarino is an Italian cartoonist who graduated from the Comics School of Milano. He started working at Sergio Bonelli Editore on the comic series Nathan Never and made his US comics debut on Jupiter’s Circle, soon working on other projects like Dungeon & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate. Mortarino has worked on high profile BOOM! Studios series including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Firefly: Bad Company.
“Till I started on my first page, working on GO GO POWER RANGERS sounded incredible. Now that I’m on board it’s even better than I ever imagined, so it’s time to wake up from this dream and give 100% to draw these issues,” said artist Francesco Mortarino.
Currently, Power Rangers is celebrating over 25 continuous years on the air, making it one of the longest running kids live-action series in television history with nearly 900 episodes aired to date. Created by Haim Saban and launched in 1993 with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the franchise celebrates its milestone anniversary year with the 26th season, Power Rangers: Beast Morphers currently airing on Nickelodeon in the U.S.
“Necessary Evil is the biggest Power Rangers story we’ve ever told and we knew that GO GO POWER RANGERS would play a key role– with epic introductions and revelations, along with the big emotions you’ve come to love, from the series” said Dafna Pleban, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Fans can read GO GO POWER RANGERS independent of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, but those who pick up both series will see just how we’re crafting our most ambitious and most shocking Power Rangers comic book epic yet. The events in GO GO POWER RANGERS directly inform the debut of the White Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, but Ryan, Sina and Francesco have also made sure this story stands on its own as well.”
Print copies of GO GO POWER RANGERS #21 will be available on July 10th, at local comic book shops(use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.
Softcover collections of GO GO POWER RANGERS, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and other Power Rangers releases from BOOM! Studios are available now, everywhere books are sold.