BearSleuth here, and I know what you’re thinking: ‘Wow that is probably the longest title in the history of the website’. You would be right there, but have no fear! Today marks the start of a new era on BearSleuth. The era of the Covert Coot! The Coot is a close friend and fellow pop culture lover who I’ve been courting for some time to get his work on the site and it has finally happened. This is the dawning of a new epoch! So now you’re going to get more content from the world of BearSleuth than ever before. On a Monday you’re gonna get a brand new BearSleuth Opinion Piece, Wednesday with be Comic Book History 101 and Saturdays will be the BearSleuth Spoiler Free Comic Book Bundle review just as I’ve been doing for the last few weeks. However, the coot is also going to pitch in with a Covert Coot’s Criticism Corner on every Friday! I’m sure you guys are going to love the Coot and this site is going to grow bigger than ever before.
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I know what you’re thinking now as well by the way; ‘But Mr BearSleuth wasn’t this meant to be a review of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers?’. Once again you are right dear reader. Today, to introduce you all to the Coot I’m going to do a tag team review with him. First I’m going to give my opinion then he’s going to hit you up with his. Quick disclaimer: I have never read or watched any Power Rangers media while the Coot is a bit of a savant of the show and this may crop up a little.
Warning Spoilers Incoming!!!
I think it’s fair to say the first issue of a team book is difficult. Any writer worth his salt approaches a first issue with a desire to get the entire audience on-side with the protagonists and collectively gagging for the next issue. With a solo title this is easy as you only have to sell the audience on one team member and then you have the rest of the book to build intrigue and interest. With a team book you have to work with the entire team and each additional member increases the difficulty. With six protagonists, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Issue One would be a tough gig for anyone. But Kyle Higgins pulls it off like a pro.
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It would have been easy for your boy Higgins to rely on the readership knowing the Rangers and their struggles. But as a reader unfamiliar with the Rangers I had no problem jumping on board with the strong characters. The book opens on Bulk and Skull as vlogers talking with people on the street about the new green Power Ranger who has just appeared, in the events of the promotional Issue 0, alongside the rest of the Rangers. This allows us all to see how the world perceives the Rangers and get a little basic background on who the team are. We then follow the Green Ranger who is new to the team and is struggling with the very human internal conflict between his inner demons. Looking at the team through Green’s eye is a cunning trick on the part of Higgins as it gets us excited about the Rangers because Green is excited about the Rangers.
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The art, by Hendry Prasteya, seems pretty basic at first but after a pretty intensive YouTube session watching clips from the original Power Ranger’s show it’s easy to see that the look has been captured well. Prasteya has a good grip on what the world of the Power Rangers should look and feel like so that by the end it’s easy to believe that everything fits together thematically. The pacing is a little truncated at the beginning but it soon sorts it’s self out as the narrative ramps up. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a jumping on point with the Power Rangers before the live action film coming up in the next few years. Over to you Coot!
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When I was told about the new run on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers I had a moment of uncertainty, which was then overtaken by the excitement I used to feel as a kid – I think I jumped up and down in the shop. Anyway, the book came highly recommended by the staff… in retrospect they were doing their job and the book could have been ass, but thankfully that wasn’t the case. Issue #1 opens up with the Power Rangers already established and uses the characters Bulk & Skull to bring the reader up to speed on the events so far – most notably the creation of the Green Ranger and his shift from antagonist to protagonist. This also introduces the key themes and concepts of the issue, with specific focus given to Tommy Oliver/Green Ranger’s internal struggle of ‘what it means to be a Power Ranger’. I must admit that this issue was not what I expected it to be, if anything it exceeded my expectations. If you grew up watching the show then you’ll know how watered down a lot of the content was, but then again what do you expect? The tv show was aimed at kids. This comic takes the Power Rangers more seriously, focusing on the team, their friendships, their interactions and of course, what being a Power Ranger means to them. I’m very excited to see more of this book as it goes, the feel and overall tone is reminiscent of the X-Men and has enough to appeal a new audience as well as nostalgic fans of the show. Hats off to Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya for putting out a solid first issue. IT’S MORPHIN’ TIME
…That’s this week’s BearSleuth Opinion Piece!!! Check back on Wednesday for a new Comic History 101!!!