Justice League/Power Rangers #1 Review
Justice League/Power Rangers #1 is the first of a 6 issue comic book crossover between DC Comics and BOOM! Studios. The crossover will focus on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers traveling to the DC Universe and meeting the Justice League (which appears so far to be the current roster of team with the exception of Green Lanterns Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz).
This is a crossover I never thought I would see, but it is kind of the logical next step if you look at previous crossovers done by these series. In 1998, the television series Power Rangers in Space had a crossover with the short-lived live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV show, Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation. And in 2015, there was a comic book crossover between Batman and the Ninja Turtles called Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And that book has already gotten a spin-off starting last year starring the animated versions of the characters called Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures. So, it really isn’t too surprising that this would eventually happen.
Written by Tom Taylor with art by Stephen Byrne, the first issue focuses on the Power Rangers ending up in the DC Universe. When Lord Zedd attacks the command center, Zack (the Black Ranger) manages to teleport himself with Zedd away. But since the command center was damaged, this caused the teleporter to send Zack (along with Lord Zedd and a group of Putties) into another world. Zack let’s go of Zedd mid transport, leaving Zedd missing for now. Zack then meets Batman (as you do), and immediately attacks him thinking he one of Zedd’s monsters (as you also do).
I’ll stop there since I don’t want to spoil the whole issue. This is a solid first issue for the crossover. We get the setup for the story, the Rangers meet the Justice League, fight at first, but will eventually team up. It looks like the book will focus a lot on Zack, and is always nice to see a MMPR story focusing on a Ranger that isn’t Tommy Oliver. Most of the issue was action, but that’s really to be expected.
Byrne’s art is really nice. The last page, which I won’t reveal here, is great. It was nice getting a peak in the Rangers’ personal lives and how they always have to disappear to fight monsters.
This was a good start for the crossover. If you’re a fan of DC Comics and Power Rangers, this is work picking up.
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