Boom Gives The Power Rangers A Mighty Morphin’ Makeover And The Kevin Wada Treatment [Exclusive]
More than two decades after their television debut in 1993, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are finally getting a long-overdue style makeover for their upcoming Boom Studios series by writer Kyle Higgins and artist Hendry Prasetya. The series launches with a "Green Ranger: Year One" story arc in issue #1 in March 2016, and the issue will feature eight variant covers, including this Kevin Wada cover featuring the iconic Power Rangers team in their classic MMPR costumes.
The series also includes Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #0, a one-shot prelude scheduled for January 13th, which features an ongoing back-up Bulk and Skull storyline by writer Steve Orlando and artist Corin Howell.
As an aficionado of both fashion and super sentai series, I'm particularly excited about the Power Rangers' stylishly updated civilian wear, revealed exclusively here in Hendry Prasetya's concept art.
Although superhero costumes are often more iconic and memorable than civilian wear, I find that notable civvies can add depth to a character's identity, especially in an ensemble cast of superheroes. Unlike their corny color-coordinated outfits from the 90's television series, each Ranger now shows off their individuality without looking like a jarring stereotype.
They also look like they have a better grasp of channeling their Ranger identities through sartorial choices; for example, Jason (Red Ranger) leads the team in a modern Angel Grove varsity jacket, while Billy (Blue Ranger) traded in his wire-framed glasses and overalls for a pair of browline specs and a smart retro cardigan. (Chris Sims, I hope you're taking notes.)
The Power Rangers' new threads find the delicate balance between superheroics and style, while maintaining the visual unity of a super sentai team out of costume. I look forward to checking out what these teens with attitude will be wearing in-between fight scenes come next January.
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