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The Green Ranger is Real!

The new Power Rangers movie is out in theaters and I loved it! Great film, a ton of fun and hopefully it’s going to lead to a lot of sequels. Consider me on board for them all!

And like any Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fan worth his salt, I fully expect the sequels to include the Green Power Ranger, inarguably the best Power Ranger of all time.

MMPR-Green

Green Ranger is best ranger

Would you like to hear how the movie incorporates the Green Ranger? I’m sorry if you consider this a spoiler, but there was no way they were going to make this franchise without including him. As a big fan, I can’t wait to see him on the big screen.

But just in case this is considered SPOILERS, join me after the jump for how the movie uses the Green Power Ranger!

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Behold, Our New Power Rangers!

The new movie suits of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers hit the Internet today, and they’re pretty much what one would expect. Snazzy, alien-looking, more detailed than the jumpsuits they had on TV. I like them.

Not enough lycra

These were probably a no-brainer. Take the classic concept, keep enough of it to look familiar, but jazz them up a little bit. They seem fine to me.

Also, I’m kind of digging this popular Internet theory that Rita Repulsa, based on her new green outfit, is a former Green Ranger who went evil. That would be a pretty solid origin behind where she gets the Green Ranger powers from. Maybe we’ll get a sequel and can see the Green Ranger come to life on the big screen. He is the best Ranger after all.

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Review: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #1

I was a huge Power Rangers fan growing up, despite being slightly older than the target demographic. I can still remember getting mocked in middle school because I said my favorite TV show was Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. Middle School still hurts, people. Never forget that. But anyway, I watched the show religiously after school. I had action figures and Zords and video games. I daydreamed about being a Power Ranger, doodled them in class and invented my own fan fiction Rangers. Now I’m 32 and still have fond memories.

So I am probably the perfect target demographic for BOOM!’s new Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers comic book!

Comic Rating: 7/10 – Good.

I’m not an obsessive fan, by any means. I don’t watch any of the modern incarnations. I didn’t squee or squeal when I heard that BOOM! was going to produce a retro Power Rangers comic. I’m just interested in reading good comics, and I have always though that the Power Rangers were open to a more mature exploration. I don’t mean a ‘grim and gritty’ exploration, though I wouldn’t turn that idea away. I just mean, the Power Rangers TV show didn’t delve too deeply into the characters or their conflicts. It was all kind of surface level entertainment. And that’s fine for an after school cartoon in the 90s. But this is comic books in 2016; character is key.

And character is exactly what writer Kyle Higgins and artist Hendry Prasetya deliver in this first issue. This isn’t just some bargain bin licensed comic that might get stapled to the action figure box. This isn’t a weak attempt to just recreate the pace of the show. This new series positions the Power Rangers as people first, color-coded superheroes second. It makes some weird choices and doesn’t necessarily put it’s best feet forward, but it’s still a solid start to a potentially morphenominal series!

Also, it stars the Green Ranger, whom we all know is the best ranger of all time. That’s a definite plus.

Join me after the jump for a full synopsis and more review! There will definitely be SPOILERS, so check yourself before you wreck yourself, as we said in the 90s.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 1/16/16

Hey there, hi there, ho there, comic book fans! We’re back with another batch of reviews, and this was another stellar week for comics! Both Marvel and DC are firing on all cylinders these days, and I couldn’t be happier!

New issues of The Mighty Thor and All-New Wolverine are real treats, and the conclusion of Robin War is pretty great. They nail the landing and leave a lot of excitement for stories to come.

But the real jewel this week was the teaser issue of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers from BOOM! Studios! I don’t normally care for licensed comics, but this one could be special. It definitely wins Comic Book of the Week.

This takes me back

This week also saw the release of the final issue of Secret Wars, which I’m not going to review, because it hasn’t been a regular feature here in Hench-Sized land. But I just wanted to say that the finale is great! I think it might be my favorite finale to any of Marvel’s Big Events. Secret Wars comes together so nicely, and with so much fun, that I wish beyond all wishes that this series had come out on schedule. It would have been even greater!

Anyway, on with the real reviews.

Comic Reviews: All-New Wolverine #4, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #0, Mighty Thor #3, Robin War #2 and Starfire #8.

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The Dark and Gritty Power Rangers

Because everything’s going dark and gritty these days.

Though honestly, that was kind of badass. I was a huge fan of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers when I was a kid, and I can still remember being picked on a little at school about it. The idea of a group of teenagers getting chosen to have great powers and fight evil spoke right to the superhero fan inside of me. I didn’t care that most of the episodes were repetitive or that there wasn’t much character depth, it was just a fun show.

And, of course, the Green Ranger was the absolute greatest.

Well apparently some group called Limitless Films is going to make a gritty Power Rangers web series! Or they want to. I dunno. But they definitely made the above trailer, and I think they did a damn fine job with it. I hope to see more of this project.

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