Over the last few days, Papercutz has been dropping teaser images around the web, and now MTV Geek has the exclusive reveal. ’90s kids, listen up, because no one else knows this yet: Papercutz is launching a “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” graphic novel series starring the original Power Rangers team!
Papercutz is already publishing the “Power Rangers” graphic novel series, but this new companion series is set to work like lost episodes of the original TV show, so it’s going to feel just like 1995 again. Stefan Petrucha and PH Marcondes have been tapped as writer and illustrator, and the first book will debut in May of 2014. Now that the news is out in the open, MTV Geek spoke to series editor Michael Petranek about what fans have to look forward to.
MTV Geek: What are you most excited about in bringing back the Mighty Morphin Team?
Michael Petranek: The huge level of spectacle that telling these stories in comics allows us to use. I can’t wait to see PH Marcondes draw the Rangers in a huge fight scene with a bunch of Putty Patrollers. We don’t have to secure the budget for 100 highly trained stage combat performers like you would if you were shooting this stuff on film, and Stefan Petrucha is great at taking advantage of that. The Power Rangers Megaforce comic “Panic in the Parade” shows that– the action scenes we put on paper would cost tens of millions of dollars to shoot on film. I want to put the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in bigger battles than anyone’s ever seen.
I’ve also got to mention that original Ranger team– they were so perfect. The creators of the show were able to balance personalities so well that the original Mighty Morphin team 20 years later still serves as a standard fans look to when judging the newer seasons. It’s unfair to the newer generations, which are all great in their own unique ways, but that’s kind of how it is.
Geek: How will it work with the Power Rangers series you already have?
Petranek: We’re shifting focus right now from the Power Rangers series we already have to Mighty Morphin, as I want to be able to put our full, undivided attention on this project. In the future, I see us being able to continue doing both series. The Super Megaforce stuff I’ve seen looks amazing, and I’m excited to be able to work on those comics. Right now, PH and I are working on the 2nd Megaforce volume, and I think it has the potential to be the strongest “Power Rangers” volume we’ve done yet. I think both series will complement each other very well.
Geek: Can you give us any teasers about upcoming story lines?
Petranek: Ooh, I have to tread carefully here! I’m great at divulging too much information about these things. With the first issue we’re going back to the start of the series, before Tommy (The Green Ranger) has been introduced, and before Lord Zed has arrived. There’s going to be an all-new villain, and we’ll definitely see Rita Repulsa. Right now Stefan has floated some incredible ideas for the second volume. Will all of the volumes take place within the events of the original TV series? Maybe. Maybe not… If we were to have stories that didn’t take place within the events of the original series, how would we do so? How’s that for a tease!
And speaking of Rita Repulsa, MTV Geek has an exclusive image featuring the baddie!