Wednesday, January 08, 2020

First Look at 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are teaming-up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the first time thanks to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a brand-new five-part comic miniseries from BOOM! Studios, under license by Hasbro, Inc., in partnership with IDW and Nickelodeon, and to shellebrate the release of Part 2 on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, BOOM! Studios has released a Turtley Awesome first look at the second issue!


In MMPRxTMNT #2, Tommy faces a shocking betrayal within the Foot Clan that puts him in the crosshairs of their leader - Shredder! But can the Rangers and Turtles put their differences aside before Shredder unleashes his ultimate weapon? No Rangers or Turtles fan can miss this shocking last page!

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 (of 5) will be written by Necessary Evil writer Ryan Parrott and drawn by Beyond The Grid artist Simone di Meo.

As you can see in the gorgeous artwork below, the series will boast a main cover by Power Rangers and Buffy the Vampire Slayer artist Dan Mora, and the series will also feature Turtle Ranger Helmet variant covers by Mighty Morphin Power Rangers cover artist Goni Montes. Each copy will feature 32 pages of carries an SRP of $4.99.

Check out the sneak-peek and find out more about MMPRxTMNT #2 below!


POWER RANGERS TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #2 CVR A MORA
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(W) Ryan Parrott (A) Simone Di Meo (CA) Dan Mora

Tommy faces a shocking betrayal within the Foot Clan that puts him in the crosshairs of their leader - Shredder! But can the Rangers and Turtles put their differences aside before Shredder unleashes his ultimate weapon? No Rangers or Turtles fan can miss this shocking last page!

In Shops: Jan 08, 2020
SRP: $4.99


POWER RANGERS TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #2 CVR A MORA
BOOM! STUDIOS
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(W) Ryan Parrott (A) Simone Di Meo (CA) Dan Mora



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(W) Ryan Parrott (A) Simone Di Meo (CA) Goni Montes


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(W) Ryan Parrott (A) Simone Di Meo (CA) Goni Montes


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BOOM! STUDIOS
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(W) Ryan Parrott (A) Simone Di Meo (CA) Goni Montes

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 was first released on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, followed by Part 2 on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Part 3 will be released on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, and Part 4 on Wednesday, March, 2020. Part 5, the final issue of the mini-series, is expected to arrive in April 2020.

From Monkeys Fighting Robots:

MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #2 – CONTINUES THE 90’S INTO 2020

FIRST IMPRESSION
MMPR/TMNT #2 improves every aspect of its first issue while making for a fun read. All of those nights of playing with each franchises toys making your own crossover has finally paid off in a bombastic comic.

It may be 2020, but the ’90s were such a great time people can’t let it go, this rings true with BOOM! Studios (in partnership with IDW and Nickelodeon) Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 where lovers of both respected franchises get the chance to relive his or her action figure crossovers.

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TALE WITH ATTITUDE
Akin to their respective TV series, MMPR/TMNT #2 is fast-paced with barely any slow down, yet, it never swerves into break-neck speed. Instead, the second issue (of five) is able to give a fair amount of new information effectively. While keeping some revelations in its pocket. Writer Ryan Parrott is able to achieve a great feat of making each conversation fun while being informative and important to the plot/characters. When the Turtles and Power Rangers interact, they stay true to their characters and play off of each other perfectly. The aforementioned excellent character interaction happens anytime the teams are on the page together, but hits exceedingly harder during an action moment.

During one fight scene, there is a conversation I’d like to note. Not due to what it’s about (pizza), but because of how Parrott wrote it. As the fight with the two teams and Foot Clan rage on, each member teams up with another from the other team to fight the clan. During this, the pairs of fighters banter back and forth to the reader’s great enjoyment. But, when Parrott jumps from one pair to another, we join them in the middle of a conversation, instead of the very beginning. This may not seem like much, but this joining in makes the scene feel real. This technique makes the fight feel as if everyone is having conversations we can’t hear (read).

MMPR/TMNT #2 reveals the reason why Green Power Ranger, Tommy Oliver, has joined the Foot Clan. At first, some readers may think it’s awkward writing, yet it’s entirely in line with how he is. This furthers the point of Parrott understanding what these characters are fundamentally about.

LEAN GREEN NINJA ART TEAM
Simone Di Meo continues the high energy art seen in MMPR/TMNT #1 into the second issue with assistance from Alessio Zonno. Each fight scene packs in a beautiful fluidity that feels like animation cells coming together for a cartoon. During the fights, the duo exaggerates some actions/movements, but it never looks weird or overdone. Instead, these exaggerations help make the battles feel alive with static energy, precisely what you’d expect from both franchises. Yet, the beautiful art isn’t limited to just action moments. When the story calls for the few slow-paced character moments, they literally break the panels.

The art duo makes sure that when characters are talking during non-action scenes, the panel they adorn is layered upon the others to make them pop. Another element that pops is the gorgeous colors by Walter Baiamonte with assistance from Igor Monti. During some scenes in MMPR/TMNT #1, the colors are too bright, which causes problems. But in MMPR/TMNT #2, this blight never occurs. Instead, the colors are vibrant and jazzy as they should be.

One of the best moments of color usage is a more subdued one. When the Power Rangers unmask, instead of making it take a large panel or some big ordeal, the team makes it a smaller moment with minimalist motions. In this scene (shown above), when the masks deform – for a better word – it’s shown with a few colored shapes coming off their heads. It’s simple, yet one of the coolest moments in MMPR/TMNT #2.

In the previous issue, Ed Dukeshire’s lettering was a highlight with a mood mirroring the show while helping MMPR/TMNT #1 pop more. Dukeshire’s amazing lettering returns in MMPR/TMNT #2. Per usual, Dukeshire makes sure none of the letters obscure the are while helping the viewer’s eyes. On top of that great skill, he changes the format for words in a few cases that make said moment stand out more.

CONCLUSION
MMPR/TMNT started with a solid issue that had a few minor hiccups. With the second issue, all of these blemishes have vanished, leaving a comic book that warrants a read if you’re a fan of either story. Even if you’re not a fan, the creative work inside is with your time.

Memorable Quote: “Just hit her in the head, guys don’t overthink it.” – Yellow Ranger

She does have a very valid point.

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER READERS
What did you think of the second issue? Let us know down below. I enjoyed the first issue so much I went and started reading each team’s new comic series.



Interior art by Simone Di Meo with assistance from Alessio Zonno. Colors by Walter Baiamonte with assistance from Igor Monti. Letters by Ed Dukeshire

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