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Monday Art Attack: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers “helmet” Covers by Goni Montes

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Review: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Volume One Paperback Collection

mighty-morphin-power-rangers-vol-1Title: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Volume One Paperback Collection

Publisher: BOOM! Studios

Cost: $19.99

Storytellers: Kyle Higgins (writer) with Hendry Prasetya (art) and Matt Herms (colors); The Ongoing Adventures of Bulk & Skull: Steve Orlando (writer) with Corin Howell (art) and Jeremy Lawson (colors).

Taking place after the Power Rangers free Tommy from Rita’s clutches, the Green Ranger is the newest member of the team. Tommy is having some problems with adjusting to taking orders and his new life in Angel Grove. Tommy keeps having visions of Rita, who derides him, driving him to take risks and disobey orders. This is all part of Rita’s plan to use Scorpina to gather the chaos energies of the Green Ranger in order to open a portal. Sending Putties after Tommy while at home,  Scorpina is able to make an imprint of the Dragon Dagger, which Rita uses to take over the Dragonzord. After the battle with Scorpina and the Dragonzord, the Rangers capture her and bring hero back to their base. The Rangers are angry at Tommy, who is constantly disobeying orders and getting himself into trouble, but it’s all too late as their anger activates the fake Dragon Dagger and opens the portal, destroying the Ranger’s base.

This is a fun and fantastic read, especially if you love the Power Rangers! I watched the original series, back in the day, and really enjoyed the concept and action of the show, while the dialogue is painful, especially today. But with that said, this series takes what I liked about the series and amps up the action and set-pieces, and gives us much better character interaction and dialogue, and frankly, a much better story! The art is also great, feeling a bit anime at times, and seeing as how the Power Rangers have a connection to Japan anyway, this fits. The main story is more serious than anything Power Rangers I’ve every read.

The back up feature focuses on the goofballs that are Bulk and Skull, and their attempts to get the girls to join their Power Ranger club. While it’s odd and the art doesn’t hold up to that of the main story, it’s still fun and reminiscent of the Bulk and Skull adventures seen on TV series.

All-in-all, this is a great collection, filled with great art and fantastic two fantastic stories, and I can not wait for this story to be continued.

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Monday Art Attack: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers by Richard Chang

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Review: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers 2016 Annual #1

MMPR 2016 Annual Cover ATitle: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers 2016 Annual #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios

Cost: $7.99

Storytellers: Jorge Corona, James Kochalka, Trey Moore, Ross Thibodeaux, Kyle Higgins, and Marguerite Bennett (writers) with Jorge Corona, James Kochalka, Terry Moore, Rob Guillory, Rod Reis, Huang Danlan and Goni Montes (artists)

Yes, I’m a Power Rangers fan! While I haven’t seen an episode in years and have no idea about the current season of Power Rangers, I was really into the original team. I love the concept of sentai, which means team or force, and is the genre that Power Rangers belongs to.

I’ve been aware of this series, but new really found the issues on the shelves and decided to wait for the collection, which I will review. However, when I heard about this Annual, I thought it might be fun to pick it up and see if this will be something that I will enjoy, and I must say, it really, really enjoyed this issue!

This oversized, and a bit pricey, issue is an anthology, featuring multiple short tales, all with fantastic art, but a mix of serious, strange and just fun stories.MMPR 2016 Annual ToC

This issues gives us separate stories about the Red and Yellow Rangers, a Goldar origin tale, the adventures of Bulk and Skull, as they save the Power Rangers, a love-stricken Putty and a Megazord battle. As I said, tales that are all over the place, but are fantastic for Power Rangers fans! There is certainly enough in here to warrant it’s $8 price tag, which makes this issue…

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Review: Star Trek Planet of the Apes #5

ST POTA #5Title: Star Trek Planet of the Apes #5

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Cost: $3.9

Storytellers: Scott Tipton (writer) with Rachael Stott (artist)

Kirk and crew are able to stop Kor from assassinating the Klingon general,while Ursus is able to battle General Marius and win back the loyalty of the other Apes and stop civil war. Kirk and crew chase the Klingons but they escape, transporting back to their ship. Kirk and crew say their goodbyes to Taylor and the others and beam back to the Enterprise. Kirk and crew battle the Klingons, as they escape toward the portal, but suddenly the planet erupts in flames as an old Earth Doomsday weapon goes off. The Enterprise heads back to their reality, while Cornelius, Zira, and Dr. Milo have dug up Taylor’s old space shuttle and are using it to travel back in time and save their planet by using the stolen tricorder and the information contained on it about the slingshot effect!

An OK ending to the Star Trek Planet of the Apes crossover series, but I do feel that the story ends quickly and abruptly. I almost didn’t understand the ending of this issue, until a friend had to explain that the planet being destroyed and the three ape scientists using the old spacecraft are from the beginning of Escape from the Planet of the Apes. I’ve only seen the original movie and the newer prequels, none of the original’s sequels, but it’s cool that they included this nod to the entire movie series in this mini-series. Like the rest of the issues in this series, this one had a decent story with good art and is…

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Review: Star Trek / Planet of the Apes #3

St POTA #3Title: Star Trek / Planet of the Apes #3

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Cost: $3.99

Storytellers: Scott Tipton (writer) with Rachael Stott (artist)

Taylor, using Chekov’s communicator, beams his way onto the Enterprise and takes out the transporter tech, in order to take his clothes and make his way to the shuttle bay. Kirk and crew discover the knocked out Chekov and make it back to the ship and search for Taylor. Kirk and Spock eventually find him, and Kirk and Taylor get into a major fist fight, but Kirk gets him to back down. On the planet, the Klingons and the Gorillas step up their time table and being to capture the planet in the name of the Klingon Empire.

A decent issue of Star Trek / Planet of the Apes, which sees our two main heroes duking it out, old-school Star Trek style. While I enjoyed the fight, I think it went on too long and, ultimately, was unnecessary. Other than the battle and the Klingons enticing the Gorillas, nothing really happens in this issue. I guess not every issue is going to move the story by leaps and bounds!

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Review: Star Trek / Planet of the Apes #2

ST PotA #2Title: Star Trek / Planet of the Apes #2

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Cost: $3.99

Storytellers: Scott and David Tipton (writer) with Rachael Stott (artist)

Kirk and crew are discovered spying on the Apes and Klingons and are chased by the Apes through the forest, with the Captain having to stun a few before they could be beamed backed to the Enterprise. On  the ship, they postulate about the events that have transpired on this Earth and how the Apes might have evolved. The Captain takes an away team back down to the planet to gather more evidence and see if they can deduce the Klingon’s plans. They are beamed down near the only monument left, the remains of the Statue of Liberty. It’s here where the Away Team meets Taylor, the only human on Earth that can speak. Taylor explains how he got here and how he escaped from the Apes. Kirk still needs more information, so Taylor introduces them to Cornelius and Zara, who explain that inter workings of Ape society. Taylor constantly wants Kirk to use his advanced technology to attack the Apes and free the humans, but Kirk cannot, being held back by the Prime Directive, so Taylor takes things into his own hands and knocks out Chekov and taking his communicator.

Another good issue from this mash-up series! I’m surprised how well these two properties work together. I can’t wait to see what the Klingons hope to accomplish on this primitive Earth and what Taylor hopes to do with the communicator, but hopefully we find out soon. I’m not sure how long this mini-series is, but, so far, it’s good!

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Review: Clockwork Angels #6

Clockwork06Title: Clockwork Angels #6

Publisher: Boom! Studios

Cost: $3.99

Storytellers: Kevin J Anderson (writer) and Neal Peart (story and lyrics) with Nick Robles (artist)

After some time, Owen awakens in the care of the Wreckers, at their floating city of ships. The Wreckers possess an airship that uses Coldfire as a lighthouse beacon, to lure in potential prey. Owen sees how the Wreckers live, with freedom from the Watchmaker’s ‘stability’ and eventually, once again meets the Anarchist, whom stole one of the Watchmaker’s Divine Calculators, which was how he was able to find Owen. However, the Watchmaker was able to use the same device to divine the location of Owen and the Wreckers’ city and the army arrives to claim him. As the Wreckers and the Watchmaker’s Army do battle, Owen is able to escape using the Wreckers’ airship, which doesn’t get him too far and crashes into the ocean. Owen, luckily, washes up on shore and stumbles upon the circus he had stayed with in Crown City. There he once again finds the lovely Francesca, whom he eventually marries. Owen stays with the circus, as their juggler, and visits home again, learning that his father constantly told everyone about his son’s adventures. Owen discovered that the greatest treasure and accomplishment in life, was finding the love and respect of his beloved Francesca!

A somewhat ‘rushed’ (pun intended) ending to this wonderful mini-series! I feel that this issue could have been broken down into two issues, but that would have left the series off with an odd number, which is usually isn’t down. I really enjoy this world, it’s interesting, colorful and full of magic and adventure, which is why I understand we get no closure at the end! We get closure for Owen, that’s a definite, but the war between the Watchmaker and the Anarchist doesn’t. This may be that the writer and the band don’t want to close off the possibility of more stories in this world or maybe, just maybe, the ending is ultimately left up to us! Maybe we’re to decide, as we read this final issue, what happens to this world. As a tabletop gamer, this series would make for a great gaming world, and that may be where I get my closure. Even with the ending/non-ending, this series is fantastic with beautiful art, an interesting setting/world and a great story, you should pick this one up!

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Review: Clockwork Angels #5

ClockAng05Title: Clockwork Angels #5

Publisher: Boom! Studios

Cost: $3.99

Storytellers: Kevin J Anderson (writer) and Neil Peart (story and lyrics) with Nick Robles (artist)

Owen has been aboard Commodore Pangloss’ airship for many days, learning how to fly  the vessel and about the wonders of the world. Owen discovers that there are alternate worlds out there, as he discovers a book written by an alternate version of his mother. Owen gets wanderlust, and leaves the ship to discover the cities of gold. He spends many months looking for the cities, and eventually finds them, however they are not what they appear. He returns to tell the adventures of his findings and tries to make it back to Crown City, but his steam liner is attacked by Wreckers, who take Owen hostage.

Another great issue of Clockwork Angels, where my synopsis does not do it justice! This story is filled with so much beauty and wonder, that sometimes I have to re-read some pages, just so I don’t miss anything. I’m really enjoying the adventures of Owen and I can’t wait to see how all of this ends. A great story, set in a very interesting world with beautiful art, what’s not to love?

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Review: Clockwork Angels #4

Clockwork Angels #4Title: Clockwork Angels #4

Publisher: Boom! Studios

Cost: $3.99

Storytellers: Kevin J. Anderson (writer) and Neil Peart (story and lyrics) with Nick Robles (artist)

Owen is on the run from the Crown City authorities, as they think HE’S the Anarchist. Owen escapes the law and finds himself on a steam-liner to Poseidon City, a wonderful, but tricky city on Atlantis. Once there, Owen finds himself robbed and must trick and steal to keep alive in the city. When he tries to pick-pocket the wrong person, he’s discovered and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, his target, an airship captain, has taken a liking to him and keeps Owen on as an extra hand and takes the young man on a journey.

Another great issue of Clockwork Angels! The story and art, as always, is amazing. Once again, my synopsis does not do the issue justice…this is one of those comics that needs to be read. I really like this world that Owen lives in and can’t wait to see more. I wonder if could get a sourcebook/artbook from this series?

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