Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #36
“Beyond the Grid”
Walter Baiamonte (Colours), Marguerite Bennett (Writer), Alessandro Cappuccio (Artist), Ed Dukeshire (Letters), Simone Di Meo (Artist), Francesco Segala (Colours)
“The New Adventures of Blue Senturion & Ninjor”
Bachan (Artist), Jim Campbell (Letters), Ryan Ferrier (Writer), Jeremy Lawson (Colours)
27 February, 2019
The Void’s very own Power Ranger, Ellarien, has joined the stranded Rangers to fight the evil Praetor. Powered by the Solarix, the few Rangers who still have access to their powers suit up to protect the defenceless, but even those without powers are going the extra mile to keep the Void’s citizens safe.
But the Solarix is glitching, leaving the Rangers in dire straits mid-battle, and the Praetor doesn’t exactly pull his punches. It is up to Terona and Ellarien to study the Solarix and discover the source of its power if the Rangers are to bring peace to the Void. But can anything truly be trusted in a place like the Void?
This has got to be my favourite issue of the series so far! Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #36 has a far more positive tone than the preceding issues of “Beyond the Grid”, making for an incredibly enjoyable read. The characters are much more relaxed than we have seen them before—the Rangers have been racking up wins against the Praetor, and their efforts are being appreciated by the denizens of the Void. More importantly, the Rangers are getting along well with each other, and have finally accepted Ellarien as one of their own.
Writer Marguerite Bennett pulls out all the stops to give her massive cast of characters dedicated moments in this issue, thus creating several memorable interactions. We see Kim apologise to Ellarien for being so dismissive of her when Ellarien first joined. Karone and Remi bond over their concerns about how they fit into the Rangers’ universe. And there’s even a little romance in the air between Tanya and Mike.
Unlike the preceding issues which followed directly after each other, there’s a slight time-jump at the start of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #36. Time-jumps can be disorienting for the reader sometimes, but it works really well here. Not only was there a danger of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers becoming stagnant, but with the Rangers all being lost and confused in the Void, there was no room for character growth. I’m glad Bennett decided to take this route as it has rejuvenated the story immensely.
Interestingly, despite the general sense of optimism in this book, there does appear to be some discord among the ranks—specifically between the powered and non-powered Rangers. Everyone’s doing their bit to help but the non-powered Rangers do have to work harder. Is this something that will factor into the relationships between the characters in the future? It seems inevitable that at some point down the line, we will see the Rangers turn on each other.
As well as being a very enjoyable read, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #36 is also a very beautiful-looking book. I am thrilled that Simone Di Meo is back to do the art for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #36. His absence wasn’t strongly felt in the previous issue—French Carlomagno and Francesco Mortarino did an admirable job—but his work here, alongside Alessandro Cappuccio, is exemplary. You know you’re going to be in for a fun ride when the very first page is chockful of Power Rangers, all geared up for battle.
Di Meo and Cappuccio give each character—and there are so many!—their due, but the depictions of space are literally out of this world. The panels of otherworldly planets are breathtaking in their detail.
There are so many locations in this issue—inside and outside the Promethea—that not only do we get an idea of how grand the Promethea is, and how vastly different the characters are from each other, but we see how rich this Void universe could have been if it was allowed to grow instead of being stunted by the Praetor. I am not surprised the art teams had to take the previous issue off. This book took some doing.
Colourists Walter Baiamonte and Francesco Segala had their work cut out with such a packed issue but they more than proved they were up for the challenge. Every panel is bathed in a riot of colours and I found myself returning to pages repeatedly to soak in the details.
We also get another installment of “The New Adventures of Blue Senturion & Ninjor” where Senturion learns that he has done such a good job in cracking a case … that his boss is going to get a promotion. We’ve all been there, Senturion.
I love Ryan Ferrier’s quirky little two-page stories. Senturion and Ninjor are two goofballs, and provide a great deal of hilarity to the reader. Bachan’s art is detailed yet fun, and Jeremy Lawson’s colourful pastel palette sets the tone perfectly. The ending of this issue has me excited to see how Senturion and Ninjor will get along going forward.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #36 has been a delight to read. It is so full of character and colour that you feel fully immersed in the story. I am honestly surprised that this issue was the standard 24 pages, because it packs in so much. And that cliffhanger ending could mean things are looking up for the Power Rangers … or that things are about to get very bad. It is going to be a long wait till we find out how our Power Rangers are faring next month.