MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: SHATTERED GRID #1 / Writer: Kyle Higgins / Artists: Daniele Di Nicuolo and Diego Galindo (With assistance by Simona Di Gianfelice) / Colorists: Walter Baiamonte and Marcelo Costa / Letterer: Ed Dukeshire / Publisher: Boom Studios / Release Date: August 29th, 2018
Kyle Higgins has written the greatest Power Rangers story of all time. I say that without a hint of irony or hyperbole; the man has expanded the mythos in amazing ways; modernized the story without falling into the tired “grim and gritty” trope; and gave the franchise one of its greatest villains in Lord Drakkon. And now, in the Shattered Grid final, he puts an end to two years’ worth of work-and reminds me why I fell in love with the franchise in the first place.
At eight bucks and forty pages’ worth of story, Higgins does not pull his punches. The issue opens with the Rangers still locked in battle; things go from bad to worse when the war zord Serpentera enters the fray. Things take a sharp turn from there, as it is up to the original Rangers-as well as an unexpected ally-to halt Drakkon’s mad ambition. Higgins pays off multiple plot points, not just from this arc but from eariler points in the book-as well as sister series Go Go Power Rangers. He even manages to set the stage for the incoming creative team of Marguerite Bennett and Simone Di Meo, and it happens organically. Not many writers can pull that off!
A great comic is a perfect marriage of story and art; and Higgins has a wonderful pair of partners in Daniele DiNicuolo and Diego Galindo. DiNicuolo’s hyper animated style continues to match the Rangers perfectly; his depiction of the new Megazord is nothing short of awe inspiring, and he perfectly conveys the emotions the Rangers are feeling-whether they are masked or unmasked. Galindo is no slouch himself, especially when it comes to the “Epic Battles” section of the comic (NOTE: Galindo also illustrated the Free Comic Book Day issue of MMPR, which contains a plot development that is very important to this story.)
However, the true meat of the story deals with Lord Drakkon and his motivations-as well as his mindset. I said before that Drakkon was the greatest villain in the Power Rangers mythos-not only because he is the ultimate embodiment of the “Evil Ranger” trope that’s popped up so frequently in the series, but because he is, above all else, compelling. Fans had long been questioning why Drakkon sought to steal other Rangers’ powers and gain access to the Morphin’ Grid. The answer is finally revealed here, and it is not what I expected. BUT…it fits his character. Here is a man who, driven by self loathing and loneliness, sought to become a god. And even when he has the universe at its fingertips, it isn’t enough to repair the damage in his soul.
And the Rangers defeat him not because they are more powerful than him, but because they believe in each other. That is the true message of the show, behind all the karate moves and giant robot fights; that five different kids could come together and form something greater than themselves, and fight for something greater than themselves. And Higgins, DiNicuolo, and Galindo deliver that message perfectly-especially when it comes to the final page.
If you are new to the Power Rangers series, or a veteran fan like myself, I urge you to read this series. You won’t be disappointed.
May the Power protect you all.
VERDICT:5 out of 5 Power Coins.
Collier, or CJ as he’s known to his friends, is a screenwriter and blogger residing in Seattle. When he isn’t at his laptop or at work, he loves to read comics, watch movies, play card games, and hit the local arcade. Spider-Man is his favorite fictional character of all time.