In another universe, a desperate last stand…  Can this makeshift Ranger team survive?  Your Major Spoilers review of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #39 awaits!


Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Simone Di Meo
Colorist: Whitney Cogar
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Editor: Dafna Pleban
Publisher: Groupname Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 29, 2019

Previously in Mighty Morphin’ Power RangersAfter the events of the massive Shattered Grid, a team of six Rangers has become stranded in another reality, a world cut off from the Morphin’ Grid, meaning that their powers didn’t work. Thanks to a seventh Ranger, a native of this world, they have forged a new team, sharing her powers and facing down the last of the Morphin’ Masters, a race of powerful aliens who study and manage the Grid.  But can they prevail?


We open immediately after last issue’s final-page cliffhanger, with Solar Ranger Ari at the mercy of the Praetor, who is ready to destroy them all.  Unfortunately for his plans, the new team is not only ready to defy him, they’re ready to fight.  Having found out that this universe’s team of Power Rangers were destroyed by Praetor, they channel the energies of the grid to create custom Zords to fight him off, even combining into a new Megazord that looks a lot like a Gundam.  Rather than fight him, though, they channel the power of their new giant robit to blast through the barriers between universes, returning access to the Morphin’ Grid adn revitalizing the dying cosmos.  As the issue ends, our random Rangers are drawn back into their own world to unknown fates, as Solar Ranger and her new partner prepare to build the Power Rangers team this world should have had all along.


The real mark of success in this arc is that I truly wonder and worry what’s going to happen to Tanya, Cam, Mike, Andros, Heckyl and future-Kim (especially since next issue seems to be a return to the traditional Mighty Morphin’ team in their White Ranger-led expedition.)  I also want to know more about Solar Ranger’s adventures, especially if they’re going to be done by this creative team.  Bennett manages to balance the traditional Ranger banter with high-minded philosophical notions, as the team worries that their use of the Zeo Crystals has led to the disaster and they even try to reason with Praetor before defeating him.  I really enjoy Di Meo’s art, especially after last issue’s redesigns gave all of our assembled Rangers new looks that match Solar Rangers motif.  That you can still tell who is whom in new uniforms is a testament to how skilled the art is, but the wide range of subtle facial expressions makes every page wonderful to read.


In short, this creative team has shown that they can take random characters from a 25 year old series, slap them together and craft a complete and complex story, and Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #39 provides the ending that unexpectedly brilliant arc deserves, earning 4 out of 5 stars overall.  Even if we never see these heroes again, this story has redefined them for comic audiences, and I like it a lot.  They now return us to our regularly scheduled Mighty Morphin’ team…

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How To End An Arc

This issue resolves the mysteries of the alternate world in a satisfying manner, provides the official assembling of a new Ranger squad and looks great doing it.

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