BOOM! Studios and Saban Brands announce Saban's Go Go Power Rangers, an all-new ongoing comic book series that will debut in July 2017 and is based on the original, hit TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
The series will explore the transition of the original five Rangers from ordinary high schoolers to world-saving superheroes. Ryan Parrott (Star Trek: Starfleet Academy) returns to BOOM! Studios and the Power Rangers franchise after his work on the sold-out, original graphic novel, Power Rangers: Aftershock, which followed the release of the 2017 feature film, Saban's Power Rangers. Parrott is teaming with Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora (WWE, Klaus).
Saban's Go Go Power Rangers is set after the first episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and centers around Jason, Kimberly, Zack, Trini, and Billy as they navigate high school, just days after receiving their superhero abilities. The story delves into their lives of saving the world while juggling history tests, dating and after-school jobs.
In keeping with the high school theme, the first issue will ship with a number of variant covers, including one that features a letterman's jacket and one that depicts the characters posed in an homage to the poster for John Hughes' classic high school comedy Sixteen Candles.
"It's hard enough being a teenager and juggling relationships, school, and family — I can't even imagine throwing in protecting the world," said Parrott in a statement. "The goal of Saban's Go Go Power Rangers is to focus on more personal, intimate character stories. We dive deeper to fully examine the wish-fulfilling, awesomeness of having superpowers, along with the pressure of that responsibility."
Saban's Go Go Power Rangers will be the second ongoing Power Rangers comic book series launched and follows the record-breaking debut of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from BOOM! Studios in January 2016, which sold over 1 million copies in its first year.
After the hit series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers launched in 1993, Saban's Power Rangers quickly became the most-watched children's television programs and is one of the longest-running kids action series in television history. Currently the series is in its 24th season with Power Rangers Ninja Steel airing on Nickelodeon and rolling out globally throughout the year.
"The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was one of my first exposures to the superhero genre, and a big part of the appeal was the lives of these characters when they weren't saving the world," said Dafna Pleban, the series editor. "Ryan [Parrott] and Dan [Mora] are incredibly adept at capturing both the awesome cosmic action of being a Ranger, and the emotional reality of being a teen at the same time."0comments
"Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was the ultimate TV show. It had dinosaurs, cool heroes with amazing suits, and giant Zords. What's not to like?" said Mora. "I can't wait for the moment to travel back in time and tell my younger self what I'm doing. I'm sure he will be proud of me!"
Saban's Go Go Power Rangers is the latest release from BOOM! Studios' eponymous imprint, home to a numerous popular licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, WWE, Planet of the Apes, Victor LaValle's Destroyer, Godshaper, Grass Kings, and Klaus.