Writer: Ryan Parrott
Art: Dan Mora and Raul Angulo
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Release Date: December 28th, 2022
Casey Jones is obsessed with finding Shredder as April O’Neil cozies up to the Pink and Yellow Rangers in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles II #1. Several TMNT villains have gone missing. Does Rita Repulsa have something to do with it? What are the mysterious portals Baxter Stockman is obsessed over? Will Raphael become a Power Ranger? And what startling transformation does Casey go through in his quest to find answers?
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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles II #1 bursts at the seams with characters from both the Power Rangers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles universes, and it makes for a fun issue that moves at a breezy pace.
The underlying plot running through the issue is the disappearance of Shredder and various other TMNT villains, with Casey Jones seemingly being the only one who’s concerned about it.
The main joy in these crossovers is to see the characters interacting, and we get a lot of that here. We get some fun interactions between Raphael and The Green Ranger, as well as The Red Ranger and Leonardo.
I especially enjoyed Raphael and The Green Ranger’s scenes, because neither one cares about standing around talking, they prefer action, and when they learn of the disappearances, they immediately jump into action to investigate.
We also get a great scene with April O’Neil, The Yellow Ranger and The Pink Ranger, as they commiserate in Angel Grove.
Both properties live and die on the martial arts action, and we get some great action at the climax of the issue, as the Power Rangers and Turtles come together to battle Goldar and Rocksteady, as well as their dozens of faceless ninja-garbed posse. Most of the characters’ fighting styles are on display.
There’s a surprise ending that sets up perfectly for next issue and gives each team major stakes to lose. It’s a great cliffhanger finish to the first issue.
Dan Mora’s art on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles II #1 is a loose style that fits the story well. It’s not heavy on details, but the characters and the fight scenes are bring the characters to life in the best way.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles II #1 is a good start, introducing a mystery involving all the characters (even their enemies), tossing in several Power Rangers and TMNT villains and supporting characters, and ending with a great cliffhanger ending. Recommended.