Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers - Shattered Grid Review
Writer: Kyle Higgins & Ryan Parrott
Art: Daniele Di Nicuolo & Diego Galindo
Colours: Walter Baiamonte & Marcelo Costa
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Reviewed By: Dean Asquith
My Rating: 🏹🏹🏹🏹🏹
Lord Drakkon-a twisted alternate-reality version of Tommy Oliver (AKA the Mighty Morphin' Green Ranger)-and his newly reformed army are crossing dimensions in order to execute an all-out attack that threatens the very existence of every Power Ranger ever. For the first time in comic book history, the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers will join forces with some of the most popular Power Rangers teams in the franchise from across time and space to face the ultimate threat...one that will mean the death of a Ranger!
Join New York Times best-selling writer Kyle Higgins (Nightwing) and artists Daniele Di Nicuolo (Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Pink) and Diego Galindo (Red Sonja) for the Power Rangers epic that redefined the comic book series. Collects Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #25-30, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Free Comic Book Day Special, and Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Shattered Grid #1.
The greatest story in power ranger history. Well I was always going to say that as the greatest ranger is central to the entire story, that being Tommy Oliver the Green Ranger! Well he is there twice, Lord Drakkon is a twisted version of Tommy who harnesses the power of multiple Rangers! Shattered Grid is an absolutely mammoth story that is stuffed full of multiple versions of Rangers scattered around the dimensions and times but ultimately joined by one thing… the Morphin' grid!
At this point Kyle Higgins is already an absolute legend of power ranger comics and rightly so. The run leading up to this event (Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers) is astounding.
I still remember the first time I watched the evil Tommy storyline during my childhood. I didn’t really understand the gravity of what I was watching, now I do. I was watching the precursor to ‘shattered grid’, the background that will later be linked to Lord Drakkon and his campaign to control the grid. The green ranger is one of my favourite heroes of all time, the Power Rangers breaking of his brainwashing by Rita Repulsa is a classic redemption story. A story that shows kids, and adults alike that even though the situation is bleak, redemption is possible. There is always a way.
Moving forward to ‘shattered grid’ and it is heart-breaking to see just how effective Lord Drakkon, who is ultimately an extreme evil Tommy, is. He takes the mantle of green ranger and shatters the solid reputation good Tommy has built in one swift moment. Lord Drakkon is unfathomably powerful and it shows. The Rangers have to pull out all the stops to protect the grid, the other ranger teams and reality itself.
Kyle and the team deliver the greatest Power Ranger story ever in my opinion. In fact, it may be one of the greatest comics of all time. Out of all of them from any publisher. That’s how good I think this is, that’s how highly I regard this masterpiece of storytelling.
The art team has done a phenomenal job of capturing the essence of the Power Rangers and added a dark and gritty tone! This is Power Rangers like you’ve never seen them before, a team shattered by loss, clinging on to their powers and pulled to every corner of every dimension. The artwork married to this with superb detail, all whilst staying true to the positive, colourful Rangers we know and love!
Shattered grid is the culmination of volumes upon volumes of story that will have you fearful that the Rangers may lose, saddened by loss, full of pride for the little victories and ultimately at the end… well I’ll let you feel that for yourselves.
The Mighty Morphin’ journey and Shattered Grid itself are the results of pure excellence from the creative team. It is a series that I will hold dear for so very long. Shattered Grid is a legendary story that is one of my favourites of all time. Thank you to everyone involved.
“A great evil is rising. War has begun. This threat...Lord Drakkon…He has fractured our reality. Now, he looks to move through worlds...conquering them for his own. If he continues, it will shatter reality and all of existence will end. I come here today, to ask that you--the emissaries three--speak to the morphin' masters. They must intervene.” - Zordon of Eltar