This must be like a dream come true for a certain Power Ranger Loving Spoilerite – a Power Rangers comic book series from Papercutz! The publisher sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek of Power Rangers Volume 2: Dangerous Toys, that you can check out, after the jump.
This week proved to be an odd one for me as a fan of super-heroes, with Avengers #1 bringing former New Mutant Sunspot into the Earth’s Mightiest fold, making me wonder what a team with the Hulk, Thor and Hyperion needed with a character who was super-strong but not invulnerable. Soon after, we watched an episode of Power Rangers: RPM wherein Green Ranger Ziggy’s teleportation powers malfunctioned, leaving him hanging by his leg from a nearby ladder but importantly NOT permanently implanted in a wall. I was reminded of the Silver Age explanation that Barry Allen had an extra power, an aura that kept him from bursting into flame at high speeds and was completely unrelated to his other super-abilities. These sorts of secondary abilities have become implicitly part of nearly every heroes power-set, from Aquaman’s sea-born might to Cyclops’ enhanced neck muscles (to keep him from breaking his neck with every power-blast.) Marvel even went to the trouble circa World War Hulk of pointing out that Bruce Banner’s super-mind had allowed the Hulk to rampage mindlessly without ever causing a casualty (despite the fact that there had been multiple stories dealing with those killed by the Hulk, notably during Geoff Johns’ run on Avengers.)
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds you that Marrow escaped certain death from being stabbed by discovering that her mutant power included a second heart, asking: What’s the most inexplicable power in all of pop culture?
Best known for his role as “Tommy Oliver” in the long-running TV show “Power Rangers,” Jason David Frank will morph his way to Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2012, at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Frank, also a highly accomplished and respected martial artist with 34 years experience, will sign autographs, meet fans, pose for photos and conduct an interactive Q&A panel.
Okay, so there really isn’t a lot of singing going on in this week’s video, but it features Power Rangers dancing to their theme song, dubstep style, and you know we don’t feature/talk non-stop/throw out there for no reason Power Rangers enough on this site already.
If you are interested, you can buy the full version of this video from the iTunes store on October 23, 2012.
In this episode of the Major Spoilers Podcast, Stephen attempts to discover why the Power Rangers are so appealing to Matthew, while Zach shares some thoughts on Barney the Purple Dinosaur.
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For fans of color-coded superheroics, Major Spoilers has glad tidings of kung-fu joy!
Throughout the ages, there have been a number of giant robot fighters that have appeared on the scene. From transforming monster trucks, to space fighters (in spaaaaaaace), pop culture and comic fans have sided with their favorites, and are willing to come to blows in order to defend the honor of their favorite mega-robot.
Which means it is time to start a fight!
In 1993 a group of teens with attitude were recruited by a face in a tube to battle the evils that every week feel upon the town of Angle Grove. When a staff from the moon made those evils grow, those teens joined together to form a robot that makes Megatron cry. Megazord. You can now own it.
Interestingly, my last several reviews have all dealt with the concept of the legacy hero (both Nite-Owl and Jay Garrick are the progenitors of an identity, while Tommy Watts is dealing with the spectre of his dead brother.) It got me thinking about the nature of the “Legacy Hero,” which then made me realize that the most successful ones have all been returned to their secondary roles. Even Dick Grayson’s much-publicized step up to the big cape has been reverted, which says something about permanance in comics (though that’s probably a different MS-QOTD.)
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is the Sensational Character Find of 1940, asking:
Which Legacy Hero should be allowed (or should have CONTINUED to be) in the big leagues?
Stephen may not understand the appeal, but for those of us who are fans of Power Rangers, good news is on the horizon, as Shout! Factory has prepared a massive box set of Power Rangers Seasons 1 through 7 (covering the six-season story arc that started with the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers all the way through Power Rangers Lost Galaxy) available for pre-order now! Remember when Tommy came to town? The reveal of the Gold Ranger? The time T.J. was baked into a giant pizza? Even if you don’t, there’s no need to feel left out, as they’re all included in the set!
Between 1985 and about 1994, it was very important to me that I share my obsessions with other people. Sure, I was just seeking validation, but I still vividly remember the teenage mortification of trying to play a cool Monkees song for someone, but having to skip a terrible pop atrocity or novelty track to get there. I am still quite entertained by fellow card-carrying nerds who can tell you each stat bonus on their character sheet or the complete life history of Batman, but find my enjoyment of Power Rangers/Super Sentai to be somehow déclassé.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is less question and more philosophical musing: Why would we ever feel ashamed of our pop culture obsessions?
My Saturdays are always busy but lately my little one has been requesting that we watch on-demand viewings of old favorites such as The Banana Splits, Jem and Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers together. (She seems to prefer the Japanese Rangers, but says she gets tired of reading all the dialogue.) When I told her about the concept of “Saturday Morning Cartoons,” she was confused, and didn’t understand why someone would put all the shows together or why you’d have to wait to see them, and I realized that part of the fun was in the once-a-week frequency of it all.
The MS-QOTD (prounounced, as always, “misquoted”) is this: Should we picket the networks to bring back the old-school Saturday Morning cartoonery?