The Teens with Attitude meet The Heroes in a Half Shell!
Review – Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Publisher: BOOM! Studios/IDW
Writer: Ryan Parrott
Release Dates: 18 December 2019
It’s Morphin’ Time!
Picture this: it’s Saturday morning, say around 10am. You’re excited as in 15 minutes will be your favourite cartoon. Those 15 minutes feel like a lifetime as a kid but eventually you hear that familiar tune; “Go, Go, Power Rangers…” / “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…” For the next 20 minutes you are glued to the TV. Nothing gets in your way. No outside sounds. Just you, the TV and your favourite heroes on screen.
Dear reader, this was exactly how I felt reading this comic! It was a nostalgia trip from beginning to end. I could hear the characters in my head. The theme tunes were running amok inside my child-like brain. I was transported back to that Saturday morning I mentioned.
For the first time ever, the Heroes in a Half Shell meet their colourful counterparts; The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Arriving in New York, the Rangers are in search of their friend and teammate Tommy Oliver-aka The Mighty Morphin’ Green Ranger. They however discover that he has joined forces with Shredder and his Foot Clan, the Turtles sworn enemy! They themselves join forces with the Turtles to battle Shredder and his new cohort: Rita Repulsa! Ryan Parrot’s writing helped bring these superpowered groups to life.
Along with Parrot’s writing, Simone Di Meo’s art, (with the assistance of Alessio Zonno who penned issues 2-5), takes us on an epic journey where we meet familiar faces as well as some new ones (Turtle Rangers, anyone!?).
Walter Baiamonte and Igor Monti’s colouring makes every page of this comic just pop! It was honestly as though I were watching a TV show rather than reading a comic. As a kid who grew up watching both these shows, I would honestly love to see a live action crossover one day!
I was slightly hesitant of reading this, truth be told. I liked the look of the cover but felt a slight pang of “Oh no, what if this is just childish?” However, I was very much proven wrong! Who cares if it was childish? I watched these shows when I was younger and this was no different. It brought back all my fond memories and I loved it from beginning to end. I highly recommend this to anyone of all ages.
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