Comic-Con: 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' to Return to Comic Books Via Boom! Studios (Exclusive)
Boom! Studios is getting mighty morphin’.
In a partnership with Saban Brands, the publisher has picked up the comic book license to the Power Rangers brand to produce new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comics.
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The first step will be introducing a set of six exclusive, one-page comics at San Diego Comic-Con in July.
Initially re-purposing footage from a Japanese television show, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was a live-action children’s television series that debuted in 1993 and told of a group of ordinary teenagers who “morphed” into superheroes to save the world from evil.
Each Ranger was identifiable by their individual Ranger colors: Jason the Red Ranger, Zack the Black Ranger, Trini the Yellow Ranger, Billy the Blue Ranger, and Kimberly the Pink Ranger. A sixth member, Tommy the Green Ranger, joined later in the series.
The success of the show launched a media and toy franchise and the show, morphing into numerous incarnations, and is now on its 22nd season.
Boom!’s series will focus exclusively on the Mighty Morphin era and is designed to appeal to the superfans of that mid-1990s era.
“We have big, big plans that will build on the core universe of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” said BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon. “We can’t give too much away just yet, but the story we’re kicking off with is vast in scope. Fans of BOOM! know we treat the existing properties we collaborate on with a focus on authenticity and quality. That’s the same sensibility we’re applying here.”
At its Comic-Con booth (#2229 for those of you keeping track), Boom! will have an assortment of six double-sided, one-page comics in blind bag packaging available for sale.
Each comic will focus on one Power Ranger and feature a pin-up image by artist Goni Montes (RoboCop) on one side, and a one-page comic written by Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Witchblade) and illustrated by Daniel Bayliss (Translucid) on the other side. The six comics are designed to be read as individual parts or can be stitched together to form one full story.
Details on the upcoming comic will be revealed at a later date.
Boom!’s Mighty Morphin will not be the first time the Power Rangers have been seen in comic form. Marvel published Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in the mid-1990s. U.K. publishers put out books and, more recently, boutique Paper Cutz had the license.
by Graeme McMillan
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