For the very first time, two of the greatest teams combine after the potential destruction of Angel Grove in this crossover by BOOM! Studios and DC Comics.
*Please be aware that there are spoilers ahead if you haven’t read the issue.
The book open with a scene depicting the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in a state of shock and sadness, looking into what seems like an area post-meteor strike- but what they’re looking at is the remnants of Angel Grove.
After Alpha 5 goes missing the Rangers split up to cover more ground and find their friend. Zack finds Alpha before the others and when he transports the robot back to Zordon, they realize something is amiss and Alpha is not quite as he seems. After this realization, it’s too late and the resulting damage to the transporter leads to Zack being sent to ‘another world.’
This is where the two title teams first come into contact- Zack meets the Bat. Of course, Batman has no idea who this teenager is, while Zack believes Batman to be another one of Lord Zedd’s henchman. Cue the fisticuffs!
To me, this is where the real fun begins and where things start to get interesting. As Batman and the Black Ranger come to blows, their confrontation short-lived when the other Power Rangers arrive on the scene prepared to rescue their teammate- just as Batman is about to subdue him.
The six rangers and Gotham’s finest (who has since called the Justice League for backup) resume their quarrel. Here is where Taylor shines- bringing the action and familiar banter of the Rangers we’ve come to love, paired with Batman’s confusion with the entire situation. It’s a bit of comedic relief in an otherwise serious book.
As this issue was mostly focused on the Rangers, I felt as if I was missing out on something as the pairing between both teams. I was anxiously awaiting a meet-up that didn’t happen, but I know every thing couldn’t be given away in the first book.
Regardless, it was a good first issue for this crossover and it sets the foundation for what’s to expect in future issues perfectly, without giving too much away.
Be sure to check out Justice League/Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1.
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