Hendry Prasetya is the new artist hired by Boom! Studios to draw the adventures of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Before that, Hendry Prasetya did some artworks for DC. He drew four issues of the Power Girl series (2011) and one issue of Green Lantern: New Guardians (2013).
For its first Power Rangers series, Boom! Studios has chosen to focus on the aftermath of Tommy’s switching sides. He’s back on the other rangers’ side, ready to defeat Rita who corrupted him. The comic-book opens on the vision of Rita’s victory over the rangers, thanks to Tommy/the Green Ranger. The five original Rangers are seen on the ground, dead – or at least stunned – while Rita’s enjoying her victory. Finally, the Rangers are defeated, thanks to the Green Ranger, her prince. This first page is truly a work of art. Hendry Prasetya‘s drawings are nervous but precise, especially Tommy’s body. Look at the details for the shadows, how the muscles are drawn. By the large use of the black shadows, the Green Ranger reminds me a little of Mike Deodato‘s style. And when the Green Rangers takes off his helmet, Hendry Prasetya‘s art is just perfect. Tommy’s face is still, blank. Even his eyes are inexpressive, like if he didn’t realize what he’d just done. He is the perfect puppet under Rita’s will and powers. I think this page was the perfect way for Boom! Studios to start a new series about the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
But it’s with the seventh page, when the six teenagers finally morphed up, that I’ve got a chill. At its sight, all my childhood memories about the Power Rangers came rushing into my head. The actors, the music « Go go power rangers » … Mighty Morphin Power Rangers plays with our childhood memory, and it’s undoubtedly a reason why Boom! Studios has resurrected the series. Although, on this page I don’t understand why Hendry Prasetya inverted some of the characters between the third and the fourth panel: why is the pink ranger in second position on the third panel, and in fifth position on the fourth panel? Why is Tommy the last to morph, and finds himself on the center of the group on the next panel? It would have been more coherent to represent the rangers at the same place between the morphing and the end of it.
The ninth page is a complex one with many little panels, unlike to the two previous pages. Tommy, aboard his Dragonzord, is still hearing Rita’s voice inside his head. He might be free, but he always have memories about his time under Rita’s orders. Rita’s insidious voice tries to break Tommy’s spirit and to make him fail while his teammates are counting on him to kill the creature that’s ravaged Angel Grove. But Tommy’s willpower is stronger than Rita’s inside voice, and the Green Ranger finally moves the control of his Dragonzord. It can be understood as a symbol of Tommy’s mind: because he want to, he can move it, free it from Rita’s control, but not without the other rangers. Without them, Tommy would still be under Rita’s powers.
Speaking of power, it seems Rita has found a new one thanks to a mysterious crystal Scorpina’s just brought her. Scorpina is one of Rita’s minions with Goldar and appears (in the TV show) during the battle between the Green Rangers and the other five. Just like Rita, Scorpina seems to be a fan of complicated headdress and pointy bra. What’s inside this crystal? A new minion, a new creature Rita’s ready to unleash on the world? Or a new way to control Tommy?
This first issue of Mighty Morphin Power Ranger – it was actually the #0 – had everything I’d hoped for: morphing, a fight involving the Megazord, Tommy’s struggle between good and evil and of course, Rita, the charismatic villain of such a good childhood TV show. I can’t wait to discover what’s inside that crystal Rita’s holding, and hope Hendry Prasetya will still be the series’ artist.