2018 sees the 25th anniversary of Power Rangers from Saban. And the 25th issue of Power Rangers from Boom! Studios.
Leading us to the first Power Rangers “event” crossover from Power Rangers, with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 out in March 2018 by Kyle Higgins and Daniele Di Nicuolo, featuring “events so shocking that the issue will be sealed in a black polybag to prevent spoilers!”
So they’re killing Power Rangers, basically.
Power Rangers: Shattered Grid will crossover issues from both Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers and include two special one-shots.
Lord Drakkon—a twisted alternate-reality version of Tommy Oliver (AKA the Mighty Morphin Green Ranger)—and his newly reformed deadly army will cross dimensions in order to execute on a plan that threatens the very existence of every Power Ranger ever. For the first time in comic book history, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will join forces with some of the most popular Power Rangers teams in the franchise to face the threat.
With writer Kyle Higgins saying “Lord Drakkon’s plan is so much bigger than our Rangers, our world, and even our universe. The Grid is shattering, every Power Ranger in all of existence is at risk, and it’s going to take more than just the Mighty Morphin team to stand against Drakkon’s armies.”
Yup, they’re killing off Power Rangers.
And fellow writer Ryan Parrott saying “The key to incorporating Go Go Power Rangers into Shattered Grid was making the story integral to the event while never losing the personal stakes of the series—and we are doing that in a really exciting way,” as Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers joins the event in April with issue #9. “A fan-favorite Ranger from the future is going to arrive, searching for Drakkon—and end up dividing our team in a very personal way. Thematically, Go Go has always been about examining the past in order to understand the future—and there’s no clearer way of doing that than smashing them into one another in real time.”
And killing some of them off.
Polybagged editions of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 will be shipped with six (6) main covers illustrated by Goñi Montes, randomly assorted in equal quantities, featuring Drakkon holding one of the Mighty Morphin Power Ranger helmets. Montes helped launch the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic series from Boom! Studios with a series of iconic covers on issue #0. A special chase variant by Montes will also be available and mixed in randomly within the polybagged editions. This landmark issue will also feature variants (shipping without polybags) by superstar artist Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man), Jordan Gibson (Howard the Duck), and a stunning wraparound cover featuring every Power Ranger ever by Scott Koblish (Deadpool).
You know, before they kill some of them off.
“Shattered Grid has been something we’ve been planning from issue #0, with the singular goal of delivering the biggest Power Rangers story we could tell at BOOM! Studios,” said Dafna Pleban, Editor, Boom! Studios. “If you think you know where this story is going, think again—we’re making sure each issue of Shattered Grid shows you something that no Ranger fan has seen before!”
Like dead Power Rangers.
“From the very beginning, it’s been a joy working with Kyle, Ryan, and the entire team at BOOM! Studios, which is culminating in this fantastic event,” said Brian Casentini, Executive Producer of the Power Rangers franchise. “All of us at Saban Brands are thrilled to be able to bring this fantastic story to Ranger fans all across the world.”
Go go, free commemorative black armbands?