Your favorite rangers are back in full swing, thanks to BOOM! Studios, writer Kyle Higgins, and artist Henry Prasetya. Mixing old-school ranger lore with a focus on personal stories (the series begins after the infamous “Green With Evil” saga), the new series of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (which debuted last month) proves that everyone’s favorite color-coordinated teens are still a force to be reckoned with.
EW turned to Higgins to preview upcoming storylines and more.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I know you were a fan growing up, is it still a little surreal to know that you’re writing Power Rangers and that you’re able to add your own creative influence to these stories?
KYLE HIGGINS: It’s fun, honestly. I feel like I’ve been quite fortunate over the last few years to be able to explore characters and properties that I was really passionate about as a kid. I consider it a tremendous honor to be entrusted with these. In the case of Power Rangers, it’s a beloved franchise that resonates for millions of people; it’s been very successful for 20-plus years. To be able to look at this franchise through a slightly different lens, in a different medium that really lends itself to serialized storytelling with huge scope, is incredibly appealing. I’m writing stuff that really excites me. Hopefully, readers dig it as much as I do.
You’ve said before that this is more of a character-driven story than a mythology story and that’s really clear from issue #0 when we learn the Green Ranger’s secret. This upcoming #1 issue spends a lot of time with these characters as they exist outside of their suits. How has that process been, trying to deep-dive into each character and their relationships, and weave a more personal story than just a superhero mythology story? (And will they ever get coffee?!)
That “process” is why I write. As great as the action and the end-of-the-world stakes can be, those aren’t the things that resonate. At least, not for me. Don’t get me wrong, plot is important — really important — but understanding what drives someone for X, what they want out of Y, who they’re afraid of failing if they don’t achieve Z, that’s the stuff that I relate to and care about. Mythology is cool, but it’s cooler when there’s someone at the center of it that feels like a real person. Otherwise, it’s just a history lesson. And yes… they will drink some coffee. Some really bad-ass coffee.
Will Tommy ever really be free of Rita’s hold?
I think Tommy trying to figure out his place on the team, and the secret he’s keeping — whether he’s doing it out of fear, or shame, or regret, or a combination of the three — is certainly relatable. I mean, I’ve never been brainwashed into being a force of evil, but I have done things I regret tremendously. We all have. And, sometimes…it takes a lot to let go of that stuff. It takes a lot to learn how to forgive yourself. So, I guess what I’m trying to say is, there’s more to Tommy’s journey than just getting out from under Rita’s mind control.
Now that we’ve hit the ground running with two issues, what can you tease about the upcoming storylines for fans?/strong>
Not much, unfortunately. Well, except for the super awesome opening of issue #2 that’s my favorite scene in the book so far, or the incredible sequence between Green Ranger and [NAME REDACTED] that Hendry drew, which is so bad ass on so many levels, and really showcases why he’s the perfect fit to be drawing this book, or the OTHER thing in issue #3 that Hendry’s going to knock out of the park that everyone’s going to be talking about…but I’ve already said too much…
View exclusive preview pages from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1, in comic stores Wednesday, March 2.