Safety Is Not Guaranteed In Power Rangers Event ‘Shattered Grid’
by James Ferguson
In October, BOOM! Studios and Saban Brands teased a huge event at the Power Rangers panel during New York Comic Con. Now it has a name. Power Rangers: Shattered Grid is set to begin in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 this March. The comic, written by Kyle Higgins and illustrated by Daniele Di Niculolo is so shocking that it will be sealed in a black polybag to prevent spoilers.
Power Rangers: Shattered Grid conveniently coincides with the 25th anniversary of the franchise. It’s set to unfold in issues of both Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers, as well as two special one-shots. It follows Lord Drakkon (aka an evil alternate reality version of the Green Ranger, Tommy Oliver) and his newly reformed army as they cross dimensions to execute a plan that threatens the very existence of every Power Ranger ever. For the first time in comic book history, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will team up with some of the most popular Power Rangers teams in the franchise to face this threat.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Writer Kyle Higgins says:
Call me sentimental, but I love anniversaries. Over the last two years, I’ve been weaving threads in the pages of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, all leading to the 25th anniversary of the franchise. Shattered Grid is a massive Power Rangers event that’s both a celebration of the property and also the largest comics story I’ve ever tackled. Lord Drakkon’s plan is so much bigger than our Rangers, our world, and even our universe. The Grid is shattering, every Power Ranger in all of existence is at risk, and it’s going to take more than just the Mighty Morphin team to stand against Drakkon’s armies.
Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers writer Ryan Parrott adds:
The key to incorporating Go Go Power Rangers into Shattered Grid was making the story integral to the event while never losing the personal stakes of the series—and we are doing that in a really exciting way. A fan-favorite Ranger from the future is going to arrive, searching for Drakkon—and end up dividing our team in a very personal way. Thematically, Go Go has always been about examining the past in order to understand the future—and there’s no clearer way of doing that than smashing them into one another in real time.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 will feature six main covers illustrated by Goñi Montes, randomly assorted in equal quantities. Each features Drakkon holding one of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers helmets, mirroring the covers for MMPR #0, also illustrated by Montes. A special chase variant by Montest will also be available and mixed in randomly with the polybagged editions. Fans can also pick up variant covers by Humberto Ramos and Jordan Gibson, and a wraparound cover featuring every Power Ranger ever by Scott Koblish.
Dafna Pleban, Editor, BOOM! Studios said:
Shattered Grid has been something we’ve been planning from issue #0, with the singular goal of delivering the biggest Power Rangers story we could tell at BOOM! Studios. If you think you know where this story is going, think again—we’re making sure each issue of Shattered Grid shows you something that no Ranger fan has seen before!
Brian Casentini, Executive Producer of the Power Rangers franchise adds:
From the very beginning, it’s been a joy working with Kyle, Ryan, and the entire team at BOOM! Studios, which is culminating in this fantastic event. All of us at Saban Brands are thrilled to be able to bring this fantastic story to Ranger fans all across the world.
I had the opportunity to speak with Kyle Higgins at NYCC and it’s clear he’s been planning this for some time. As a big fan of the franchise, I can’t wait to see what Shattered Grid entails.