"Yesterday's" Comic> Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Ninja Rangers/VR Troopers flip book
For some odd reason Marvel made a second comic featuring the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers only using their Ninja Ranger powers instead of using them in the regular comic. Maybe that's what happens when you try to force two stories into a normal-sized comic. It was also a flip book with Saban's other property at the time, the syndicated VR Troopers. I'll be reviewing each side as if they were separate comics. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Ninja Rangers #1 Marvel (December, 1995) "Cheaters Never Prosper And Winners Never Cheat" WRITER: Fabian Nicieza PENCILER: Tod Smith INKERS: Jim Sanders III & Sam DeLarosa COLORIST: Mike Worely LETTERER: Lorina Mapa EDITOR: Mariano Nicieza VR Troopers #1 Marvel (December, 1995) "Father Figure" WRITER: Frank Lovece PENCILER: John Ross INKER: Jim Sanders III COLORIST: Mike Worely LETTERER: Bob Pinaha EDITOR: Mariano Nicieza On the Power Ranger side, Tommy's friend Mike has been throwing games on purpose to aid an illegal betting operation. That's because his mother's medical bills are huge and his father is unemployed. Zedd tries to take advantage by turning two sharks into Loan Sharks to try to get Mike to make Tommy cheat as well, but he finally sees he made a wrong move and with help from the White Ranger (using his Ninja Ranger powers) not only defeats Zedd's monsters but breaks up the gambling operation. The news reports later lead to Mike's dad getting a job and donations to help with his mother's bills. What they got right: I kind of like the idea of the Power Rangers using their Ninja Ranger powers (which aren't as strong as their regular Ranger powers) to fight normal crime on the side. I'm sorry they didn't keep up with that. This story worked better than that time Spider-Man, Storm, and Power Man dealt with illegal high-school track betting. What they got wrong: I also don't think Zedd needed to get involved. It took some time away from a better scene of Tommy trying to talk Mike out of throwing games for the gamblers or pulling that sting to get the bad guys to confess on tape. Before we get to the flip book let me introduce you to the VR Troopers in case you missed my tokasatsu and Saban primers. In Crossworld City Ryan Steel learns that his father was part of a special project to bridge the gap between reality and virtual reality, which in this continuity is another dimension that can be manipulated through computers. Aided by his friends Kaitlin Scott and JB Reese, they become the VR Troopers, using high-tech armor to protect reality from Grimlord and his dark army while trying to find out what happened to Ryan's dad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5wvWuGBLMA Also the dog got hit with some energy and can do a bad Jack Nicholson impersonation now. I liked it anyway. The show ended unresolved because Japan stopped making the "Metal Hero" shows Saban used for action footage. And now on to the comic. The Troopers find a crystal they can use to locate his father and barely escape the "Interogator" (and yes, that pun means what you think it means, a cyborg alligator). The Interogator follows them into reality but missing the Troopers decides to kidnap a man instead. Ryan rescues his son and they travel to virtual reality to rescue him, being forced to use the crystal to do so. The man realizes he's spent more time with work than family and Ryan wonders if he'll ever find his own father. What they got right: In theory the story works. The man learns a good lesson (and they didn't ignore the fact that work is important, but so is spending time with your family) and the Interogator works well with the concept of the show. What they got wrong: But they screw everything else up. I think they later blamed getting Katlin's last name wrong (Scott instead of the proper Star) on an early version of the show bible but it's still going to be wrong for a few more issues. I know how VR works on this is rather murky as it is but this doesn't even get what we know about it right. The Troopers don't look for a reality barrier to go through, they just shift between realities. (Grimlord wants to break the barrier so he can lead his full army through instead of one monster at a time plus a few of his henchmen, Skugs.) Also, Professor Hart isn't doing his "Max Headroom" schtick from the show but is physically in the lab, which was a major goof. Hart being trapped in a virtual state (much like Zordon being trapped in a time warp) was there from at least the original pilot trailer if not sooner. (On that thing it was the worst Albert Einstein costume they could put together without hating themselves.) Maybe they should have watched a few episodes first. Recommendation: The first story could have been good if Zedd had stayed out of it. The VR Troopers tale is hard to follow or enjoy. This is not one to look for, I'm sad to say. roommate with sword
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