Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
Written by Ryan Parrott
Art by Simone di Meo, Walter Baiamonte and Igor Monti
Lettering by Ed Dukeshire
Published by BOOM! Studios and IDW Publishing
Review by David Pepose
‘Rama Rating: 10 out of 10
The teenagers with attitude square off against the Heroes in a Half-Shell in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1, and if you enjoyed watching either of these properties as a kid, you’re going to fall head over heels with this crossover event. Deftly juggling plot progression and good old-fashioned fan service, writer Ryan Parrott and artist Simone di Meo absolutely crush it with this debut, which will appeal to newcomers and diehard fans alike.
Whereas DC’s previous Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series have had to incorporate dimension-hopping shenanigans to get these world-class franchises to meet, Parrott makes things easy on himself to support his sprawling casts — the Turtles and the Power Rangers live in the same world in this series, but thanks to Green Ranger Tommy Oliver going undercover with the Foot Clan, these two sets of teenage crimefighters get to butt heads quickly, rather than teasing readers with a final page cliffhanger promising more story to come.
And you can see that Parrott is already starting to pit some of these characters head-to-head — Leo versus Jason is a natural beat, as is Donatello versus Billy, while undisputed loose cannon favorites Raphael and Tommy are already a match made in heaven. It’s a testament to Parrott’s pacing that he’s able to seed in character work amidst all this frenetic action — moments like Trini’s grades slipping thanks to fighting Rita Repulsa’s monsters or Raphael storming off from his brothers in anger and embarrassment after someone gets the drop on him in battle.
And Simone di Meo — boy, is he the best possible artist for this book. Di Meo has already been killing it with his work in BOOM!’s main Power Rangers title, but his fluid and hyperkinetic style lends itself so nicely to the Turtles, as well. What I love the most about di Meo’s style here is that he’s clearly cognizant of each team’s various body styles — the Power Rangers are naturally more agile and acrobatic, while the bulkier Turtles bring a sense of power behind their weight advantage. But what unites them both is a sense of speed, which makes their battle royale feel that much more exciting — it speaks to di Meo’s skill that he’s able to juggle such a massive cast without his pages feeling cramped.
‘90s-era comics fans are in for a treat this week, as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 will meet every expectation and then some. Parrott and di Meo don’t waste any time in pitting these two super-teams against one another, and the sparks that fly as a result are truly satisfying. With a plot that doesn’t stop and some truly breathtaking artwork, this is a slam-dunk of a crossover event.