This is it, folks. Shattered Grid has been teased for months and now it finally gets underway in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25. Does it live up to the hype? In a word: Yes.
Lord Drakkon, the twisted, evil version of Tommy Oliver from an alternate dimension is free and looking for revenge. He’s a strong, motivated, and intelligent warrior and he will stop at nothing to hurt those who have wronged him. The Power Rangers are in his sights.
MMPR #25 opens with another set of Rangers, specifically Time Force, as they frantically fight a literal fracture in time and space. I am not very familiar with Time Force and not much knowledge is required to understand what’s going on. They seem like the Legends of Tomorrow for the Power Rangers universe. Plus, we did know the Pink Time Force Ranger would be making her way over to this series from the promotional material.
This is such a great way to start this issue, and Shattered Grid, as it quickly illustrates the size and scale of what we’re in for. I mean, there’s a big crack in space. That doesn’t just happen. We’re also treated to quick shots of some other Power Rangers teams which amplifies the excitement for this event. It’s one thing to talk about the different teams meeting and crossing over. It’s another to actually see it.
Artist Daniele Di Nicuolo captures all of the energy and intensity of these scenes wonderfully. They feel larger than life. This is a big deal and you get that feeling from page one. It culminates in a gorgeous and frightening sequence as a huge spectre of Lord Drakkon reaches through space in an attempt to crush the Pink Time Force Ranger. It’s a white-knuckle ride and that’s how this comic starts.
A chunk of MMPR #25 follows Drakkon as he gets his powers back. He holds all the cards as he’s done this before. Drakkon knows just what to do to take apart the team while inflicting the most damage and taking everything he needs. It’s tough watching him manipulate a character like Ninjor, who is otherwise innocent in all this.
Every one of Drakkon’s actions are deliberate and threatening. His very appearance is unsettling, as you know he’s up to no good. The Power Rangers think they know what they’re up against, but they are entirely unprepared for this level of organized evil.
Within all this tension and build-up, there’s a beautiful scene between two fan-favorite characters, Tommy and Kimberly. We see their budding relationship finally start to take the next step as they go out on a date. Writer Kyle Higgins fills this with fantastic dialogue that will leave you with butterflies in your stomach. After everything these two people have been through, they have found some happiness.
What follows next feels like something out of the Joss Whedon playbook. You can’t have characters that get too happy, especially if it involves a romance we’ve wanted to see forever that’s finally coming together. It’s like Higgins is a mob enforcer and he just walked up to us and said, “This is a great relationship you have here. It would be a real shame if something were to happen to it.”
I’m not going to spoil the events of MMPR #25. I’m sure they’ll be all over the internet. Suffice it to say that it is a HUGE deal and it really changes the game for this comic book series. It breaks the rules we all figured it was playing by and opens it up to unending possibilities. It also hits you right in the heart.
Now, I loved this and I am somehow even more excited for Shattered Grid after reading this comic, however I will take a moment to entertain my inner cynical comic book fan to point something out. One of the major factors of Shattered Grid is time travel ,so there is a chance that this huge story element could be put right back to normal by the end of the arc, as everyone fixes time. From speaking with Higgins though, it seems like we’ll see how that won’t be that easy in future issues.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 is going to send massive waves throughout the franchise and its fans. People are going to come down on both sides of this, either loving it or hating it. You can probably tell which side I’m on. This issue represents such a huge payoff for those reading the series from the beginning while also providing just enough information for anyone just getting started. This is an event book done right…and it’s just getting started.