Meet Your New Favorite Monsters In MMPR #19

by James Ferguson

The Power Rangers are busy teleporting around the world to help during natural disasters when two separate monster attacks begin forcing them to split up. These are the result of Finster’s creations from an earlier issue. He had created monsters disguised as humans and sent them out into the world like ticking time bombs. Two of them just went off and the Rangers are strained to handle them.

I want to say right off the bat that I absolutely love the names of these two monsters. They’re called the Goth Sloth and Crowverload. That’s just awesome. Way to go, Kyle Higgins.

The designs for these characters are fitting given their monikers too. Goth Sloth is a bit of a bruiser with a sort of gas mask hiding his adorable face. His clothes clearly show that his parents just don’t understand him. Crowverload is a part-man / part-crow with large electric poles sticking out of his back, kind of like the stuff you’d see in Frankenstein’s lab.

A large portion of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #19 is spent in the battles against these creatures. Artist Hendry Prasetya keeps the action fresh and exciting. More importantly, it’s kept at ground level. Without Rita around, the monsters don’t have the option to grow super large, forcing a Megazord fight. Instead, the Rangers have to duke it out in the streets, using their fists, feet, and weapons, as well as their smarts, to take them out.

The Rangers move like a well-oiled machine. There is no hesitation in their actions. Their leader, Jason, throws out some commands and everyone jumps into formation. This is what efficiency looks like.

Prior to the monster battle, we get some welcome character development. I’ve been loving how this comic, as well as the sister series, Go Go Power Rangers, has provided additional information about the Rangers when they’re not off saving the world. It’s helped make them more relatable and frankly, a lot more interesting. This is especially true with Tommy and Billy who have just returned from a trip to another dimension that hit them hard. They saw an alternate version of themselves that they were not prepared to encounter, forcing them to question their current paths in life.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #19 serves as the introduction to some Rangers of the past, as announced by publisher BOOM! Studios a few weeks back, although this doesn’t come into play until the very end of the issue. With Zordon missing, the group could use a new mentor, especially since they’re running on fumes. They’re facing a major crisis with Finster’s creations out in the wild and no way to track them before they transform and wreak havoc so they can use the help.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #19 is available on September 27th at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.