It’s Morphin Time! I can never heart that enough. The MMPR book from Kyle Higgins has consistantly been one of the best books on the shelf. It is a more grown up, and darker take on the classic series. As an adult now, I like that. To a point. I drifted away from full time readership of the book a year or so ago, preferring the more laid back Go Go Power Rangers. Plus the art on that book, by Dan Mora is incredible. Yet I am not here to talk about which book is better, I am here to go over the events of the last two issues of Shattered Grid. This event is sensational and way too good for a Power Ranger fan to miss. That said, the book is sold out all over the place, so there is a chance you have missed it.
The basic premise follows a story that Higgins has been building since the start of his series. It follows the evil Lord Drakkon. Drakkon is an evil Tommy Oliver from a universe where he never broke control from Rita. Together they destroyed the Rangers and conquered Earth. He then claimed it for himself. His power is the combination of the Green and White Ranger Powers. Shattered Grid follows Drakkon as he invades all the timelines, thanks to help from Ninjor (who he conned). That is where we begin my retelling. I will also be updating every week as new teams are introduced/defeated. So jump down to the bottom if you want to see how your favorite Rangers have fared against the universes greatest evil.
As expected, full spoilers after this point. So Black Alert is active!
Shattered Grid opens with Wes and Jen of the Timefore Rangers talking about an unstable temporal opening. They expect it is quite dire and send Jen in just before it closes. They share a heart felt moment with each other, which should warm any fans heart. The issues ends with the unthinkable. Drakkon stabbing Tommy through the heart just after the conclusion of his and Kimberly’s first date. Jen attempts to stop Drakkon, but is hurt in the process. Fast Forward to the newest issue and we find out that Tommy has indeed died. WHAT?!? Clearly we know things will change for the better, but taking the greatest Ranger off the table has completely shattered the timeline. Go figure. The Rangers spend much of the issue grieving, which is something pretty foreign to Power Rangers. Including a crying Jason taking on the Dragon Crest. They have a chat with the now healed Jen, and we find out that the multiple timelines are indeed in trouble. Thanks to some quick engineering from Billy, they are able to tap into a temporal transporter. Just in time, as Drakkon invades the Samurai timeline.
Lauren is the Red Ranger of the team, so we don’t have to deal with Jayden, arguably the worst Red Ranger. The Samurai Ranges put up a good fight, but gain very little from it. In a heroic moment, Kevin throws up a shield protecting Lauren from a devastating blast. As a side note, it was a blast to see Higgins write Kevin so well. Kevin is then caught, but Lauren remains. The Rangers show up just as Drakkon and his forces are securing the Shiba home. They confront a troop of Black Ranger Sentries and rescue Lauren. The issue ends with Drakkon gaining Samurai powers, and a new costume to go with it. The Samurai Rangers are detained and their morphers confiscated.
Next week is the MMPR Annual, which looks set to feature the Rangers from RPM, Dino Thunder, Dino Charge, and the In Space Rangers. Check out next week for how everyone else fares. For now, here are the lists:
Killed in Action:
Tommy Oliver: MMPR Green Ranger
Kevin: Samurai Blue Ranger
Mia Watanabe: Samurai Pink Ranger
Mike: Samurai Green Ranger
Emily: Samurai Yellow Ranger
Antonio Garcia: Samurai Gold Ranger
Jason Scott: MMPR Red Ranger
Kimberly Heart: MMPR Pink Ranger
Billy Cranston: MMPR Blue Ranger
Zach Taylor: MMPR Black Ranger
Trini Kwan: MMPR Yellow Ranger
Jen Scotts: Time Force Pink Ranger
Lauren Shiba: Samurai Red Ranger (second)
Wes Collins: Time Force Red Ranger
Lucas Kendall: Time Force Blue Ranger
Katie Walker: Time Force Yellow Ranger
Trip: Time Force Green Ranger
Eric Meyers: Time Force Quantum Ranger
Stay tuned next week, as I update on the new events and update the KIA, Apprehended, Active, and Unknown lists. Until the next time. May the Power Protect you.