"Yesterday's" Comic> Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #5
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #5 Hamilton Comics (April, 1995) COLORIST: Summer Hinton LETTERING: a machine EDITOR: John Clark & Gary Leach CREATIVE CONSULTANT: Cheryl Saban "Grounded" WRITER: Don Markstein ARTIST: John Beebink "Stranger In A Strange Town" WRITER: Nicola Cuti ARTIST: Sparky Moore In the cover story, Kim overspends on her parents' credit card and her stepfather grounds her, keeping her from a Wild West show. Zedd is inspired to have a Western-themed monster, and Finster delivers Kid Zippo, whose Zippo Rays (fired from a spring-mounted hand connected to his belt) can undo morphs. The Rangers deduce that a Western-themed weapon, namely a bow and arrow Native American style, could be his weakness and makes a deal with Kim's stepfather to let her out. Together they defeat yet another of Zedd's monsters. What they got right: I like the intended moral, where the Rangers have to work to get Kim through her punishment to save the world without revealing their identities as Power Rangers. The art was good. What they got wrong: The design for the monster, however, was rather lame. He's a big cowboy with a hand coming off of his belt that fires energy blasts. I know this comic can do better. Also, they get Kim's stepdad wrong, but I never liked that guy anyway so this is just a fan nitpick. Markstein remembered the stepfather, but not that he's some French artist stereotype guy. And like I said, I like the intended moral but with the fate of the world at stake, I would think that takes precedence over punishment for overspending at shopping, especially using a forced way to make Kim the only one who can stop Kid Zippo. And this is after Kim learned a lesson about keeping her room clean two issues ago. In the second tale, Aiesha is separated from the others while skydiving. She lands in the middle of Angel Grove but finds nobody sees her until she sees another version of herself. Then everybody suddenly sees her, thinks she's a fake, and chases her. Rocky appears in the form of Lord Zedd and helps her, except it's ACTUALLY Zedd and this was all a trap to confuse her into attacking her friends. But she's smarter than that and the Zords bust through to save her. What they got right: I like the idea of a smaller story focusing on one Ranger, despite my usual issues with these back-up stories. Then again, I don't know how they'd drag out the first story. What they got wrong: THIS story, however, could have drug out a bit more because I'm still not sure what happened. Was Aiesha in another dimension? Were the citizens of Angel Grove being controlled? Surely Zedd could have disguised a Putty as Rocky or something. I don't know what was going on, but it wasn't very exciting. Recommendation: I wish the main story saved this comic, but while it isn't bad enough for me to send to the "purge" pile it's still not one I'd recommend unless you want the complete set.
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