COMIC TITLE: Power Rangers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (2019)
Simone Di Meo– Artist
Ryan Parrott–Writer
December 4, 2019
Boom! Studios/IDW Publishing

IMG_5908This week in my opinion was not a very interesting week for comic books so it wasn’t very hard for me to come up with a decision as to who was going to be this week’s Comic Book of the Week. Back in the late 80’s into the early 90’s there was no other iconic kids TV series than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who swept the nation with their cartoon and merchandise. Then in the early to mid 90’s, their replacement showed up in the form of Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers which had not only a catchy title like the other mentioned, but they had five humans (later joined by a sixth) who were given powers. Now what happens when you bring both powerful franchises together? You get Power Rangers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 which was written by Ryan Parrott (Batman: Gates Of Gotham) and illustrated by Simone Di Meo (Venom Annual). In this issue, Tommy has gone missing and everyone is worried as to what has happened to him in Smith’s Grove. Meanwhile in New York City, it looks as if the turtles have met their match in a foot clan member who is not afraid one bit of them. It turns out that Tommy is working for Karai, but why and what has happened to him? What will happen when the Turtles are confronted by the Power Rangers? Check out the comic to find out?

IMG_5907One of the things that has not been explained that I do love and hope is true is that I believe they are handling this one like they are in the same universe. They haven’t explained anything in the first issue, but for them to get Tommy’s scan when he morphs into the Green Ranger must mean they are in the same dimension unlike what happened with the Batman crossover. Although, Alpha did say that he could scan across dimensions so maybe they’ll explain that in future issues. One thing that I will say about the comic is that while I love the artwork as far as the Rangers are concerned, I was not overly impressed with the way the Turtles were drawn. I am not saying that it’s bad per say, but I always dislike the various things they do with the headband/eyewear. It looks a little too goofy to me, but other than minor detail, Simone does a great job with the comic book. As far as the writing is concerned, they don’t get a heck of a long time to full explain the five W’s besides the who and the where, but I am sure that will come with future issues. What they did do with this issue is that they gave you an action packed first issue with some comedy thrown in there along with some troubles in paradise in the Power Rangers end. A little comedy and drama to go with my action? Sounds like a great comic to me and they leave you on a cliffhanger to hook you right in and they did just that with me. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

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