Comic Review: MMPR/TMNT #3
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3
Written by Ryan Parrott
Art by Simone di Meo and Alessio Zonno with Walter Baiamonte and Igor Monti
Published by BOOM! Studios and IDW Publishing
Released February 5th, 2020
Rita Repulsa faces off against Shredder for control of the weapon that will change the Power Rangers forever! No matter who wins, the world will never be the same! As the two villains battle, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers must find a way to storm the Foot Clan base to save Tommy, as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles step up to help their new allies in an unexpected way.
Besides their main IDW series, the TMNT have currently made themselves known for crossovers. Whether it’s the DC universe, Lego, Batman, Ghostbusters, or now the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, our Turtle Brethren are no strangers when worlds collide. Yet, maybe it’s the 90’s kid in me, but this MMPR/TMNT crossover really sticks out. It might be the nostalgia talking (isn’t that the point?) but Issue 3 cemented itself as a major influence in solidifying that this may be my favorite crossover so far, yet we’ve only just begun (cue The Carpenters).
With our Turtles and Power Rangers working together (by way of butt kicking and exchanging words) coupled with The Shredder gaining a Green Ranger friggen Morpher…it’ safe to say issue 2 left me practically salivating for the next. Can Issue 3 follow up with greater or equal radicalness?
IT WAS GREATER RADICALNESS.
Issue 3 is fast paced, humorous, and exciting. While reading these issues I hear the music, the character voices, and sound effects. Simone di Meo and company continue to knock it out of the park with their unique visual style. This may be one of my favorite looks for the Turtles and their world. The overall dark cool hues of the book splashed with the neon rainbow colors make for beautiful “poster-worthy” pages. And Parrot’s writing continues to build in some of the strongest “crossover” stories in the Turtle’s comic history.
Bebop and Rocksteady are alongside Shredder once again as well as a familiar Turtles ally that had me grinning from ear to ear when they jumped onto the page. The Shredder’s cadance throughout this series has been powerful and selfish (just how I like him) lusting for power and to put an end to the Turtles (and now the Rangers). Seeing the characters of these two franchises interact has proven to be a treat so far. And, being lifelong fans of both, there’s not a single line of dialogue that sounds odd or out-of-character.
The issue ends in an absolutely awesome way that will make any TMNT and MMPR fan pick up the fourth issue as soon as possible. There’s no doubt in my mind for that. Persoanlly, I truly can’t wait for issue 4 to hit shelves. The worst part of this issue was realizing that it’s nearly over. But I’d rather it be short and sweet than overstay its welcome. It’s a fantastic issue.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 is now available wherever comics are sold!