Too Many Rangers

By: Michael Worthan

It’s MORPHIN TIME!!!!

If you know that cry you were a child, or an adult who was a fan, when Power Rangers first came on the scene, that was 23 years ago. Now we have a ton of Power Rangers stuff coming back, making a massive resurgence and I’m here to talk about it!

mmpr0011mightymorphinpowerrangers_000_variant_1-50_greenSo if you hadn’t noticed in the last few months there has been a massive influx of Power Rangers happening in the media, and a lot of it is getting the spotlight.With the new Power Rangers movie coming out on March 24th 2017 starring well known vets Bryan Cranston as Zordon, Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, and Bill Hader as everyone’s favorite sidekick robot Alpha 5. This take on the Rangers still features five teenagers with attitude heavily, but it also seems to be a darkened version of the campy show we all grew up with, with fans being divided we will just have to wait and see how the new Power Rangers are taken when the movie opens.

Then we have not one, not two, but three different Power Ranger comic books that are up and running right, my favorite of the three is Kyle Higgins take on the Rangers right after Tommy the Green Ranger joined the fold. You see in fighting, temperaments flare, as well as distrust and angst, y’know like real teenagers. It is great storytelling and even though it rides on Power Rangers old tropes of wearing the color of the Ranger you are all the time, Putty Patrollers not being all that useful, and yelling when you morph, it has heart and a great inside story that the show never would have been able to do. The ending of the first arch makes you take a step back and wonder.

The second book, which currently is running, is all about Kimberly the pink Ranger. She is retired, away from home, and some bad things start to go down. Luckily she has Zordon and Alpha 5 in her corner as they re-up the retired Rangers powers and she once again morphs into action. This story brings in some different themes, and rides well with the Pink Ranger being the main character. In general I think this would have made a good TV show if given the proper budget and done well, but it’s just as well it is comic book form.

The third comic book, and one that just started not too long ago, is Justice League vs Power Rangers. The base story is that the Rangers are thrown into the DC Universe and are met by the one and only Justice League. How things go and what truly occurs is not for me to spoil, but youninjasteellogo do get the Versus part almost right away and it is pretty phenomenal.

While all of this is going on we still have the Saban branded show running at full steam with its 23rd season having started on Nickelodeon already, Ninja Steel in America. For twenty three years people have donned the colorful costumes and defended the world against a plethora of different villains. The names and zords may change, but the message always stays the same, Good vs. Evil, with evil sometimes turning good. Its not exactly riveting storytelling but for those of us that like to have some campy fun the shows are always a great watch.

And last but not least, beyond the plethora of merchandise either coming out or soon to be coming out, we have a video game on PS4 and XBox One, that is a side scrolling adventure in the vein of the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games, as well as a few other great arcade games. This fun little game can be purchased digitally and it seems like they’ll have some cool DLC content with it so enjoy!

As always share, comment, and never hate.

Things, Stuff, And Rangers!

By: Michael Worthan

It’s time! It’s time! It’s nerd time!

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A quick update for all my fellow comic book fans out there, Saturday May 7th is in fact Free Comic Book Day, so go to a participating store and enjoy yourself some awesome free comics!

Civil_War_Final_PosterIn other news Captain America: Civil War is out this week, has been out in other places for a little bit, and for all intents and purposes it is getting very good reviews. I haven’t seen a really bad thing about it so I am excited to see it this weekend and maybe do a quick review later on, maybe.

In Power Rangers news we have seen through some leaked pics a second costume for Elizabeth Banks Rita Repulsa as well as Entertainment Weekly posted a picture of the new Power Rangers costumes.

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Not my picture, credit where credut us due!

The costumes look a lot more armored, slightly reminiscent of ye olde’ Power Rangers movie of my childhood, but my assumption with CGI and all the money they will pour into the effects all the costumes will look a bit different come 2017 when the movie comes out. What do you think about the costumes? The re-emergence of Power Rangers back into pop culture? Are you gonna watch it? Let me know in the comments. As always comment, share, but never hate!

By: Michael Worthan

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They’ve got a power and a force like you’ve never seen before…Well at least that’s what their theme song says, or used to say during the original iteration of those colorful costume, robot driving, sharp weapon wielding, teenagers with attitudes. Yes folks this is all about the Power Rangers, and not just any version of said Rangers, this is about the Might Morphin Power Rangers and the new movie that will be out in 2017 featuring a new lineup of the old trope about monsters, teens, and the very talented Elizabeth Banks, who was shown in People Magazine dressing up like ‘Scorpina’ but calling herself “Rita Repulsa”.

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Brought to you by People Magazine first look.

Now I’ve read some of the comments some folks are behind the look, others don’t dig it, but there are always those groups of people so whatever. I’m more impressed that Power Rangers has stayed within the public eye in some way, shape, or form for the better part of 20 plus years in the United States, the show it is based on ‘Super Sentai’ has been running in different iterations for about 41 years. Power Rangers was a steeple of my brother and I’s childhood, and now to see that they are making a slightly darker version of it for a more adult audience, well hell yes I’m in.

Now not too much has been given beyond the cast and a really small blurb about teenagers and powers, but from all the whispering and rumors floating around it looks as if we will be getting something a bit edgier, a bit darker, and to be honest from the look of Elizabeth Banks in that picture from People, something a little more devastating.

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Art By: Wilt Manglicmot follow him on IG & Facebook @mangomokeyboy

Now some of the true hardcore MMPR fans out there may not take kindly to the more adult version of the Rangers, but Saban, the man behind bringing the Power Rangers to American TV as well as the movies we’ve received, knows what people are looking for. The resurgence of the Power Rangers to popularity after a few years of dormancy was because of the 20th anniversary and so he will ride that wave as long as possible.

As always, for every movie almost ever, there will be detractors, haters, and full on nay- sayers. I feel this movie is for those of us who grew up with the Power Rangers, and for those of us who still occasionally stop on the channel they are on and watch an episode or two to remember why we liked theme exactly. Beyond the campy nature of the show there is heart, there is the tale of Good versus Evil, and more than anything there is entertainment value and maybe even a little nostalgia to when watching spandex clad figures fight monsters was the most important part of your day.

Personally I’m going to see it, probably dig it, and more than likely buy it when it hits Blu-Ray and Digital Format. As always folks if you like it, or you love it let me know. Share, comment, rinse, repeat. And as always never hate.