Necessary Evil Continues
With the Omega Rangers now active in the world, does Angel Grove really need their Rangers when things get too hectic? At the same time how much longer will the Omega Rangers remain active after the events of the last issue?
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #46
This issue of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was excellent in how it went about showing the deep divides between the two teams of Rangers. Di Nicuolo and Baiamonte always stun with their art and coloring which made the visual experience that much better. Ryan Parrott continues to show how great he is at storytelling and raising the stakes!
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Things are starting to heat up in the pages of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers with Lord Zedd’s defeat and Kiya’s subsequent betrayal of Blue Emissary after learning of the existence of another Tommy Oliver. Necessary Evil may have absolutely earned its name after the events of this issue in particular.
Rocky, Ayesha and Adam have a long way to go before they’re finally able to fill the shoes left by Jason, Trini and Zack respectively. To do that, they need help from their mentors in Kimberly, Billy and Tommy himself, but things are rough going for them.
Beautifully Drawn Art by Daniele di Nicuolo
After a beautifully drawn training session by Daniele di Nicuolo which showcased their new Zords getting beaten up by a purple and green Snake monster, Tommy suggests that the team wind down a little given that they have the Omega Rangers to rely on when things get hectic.
Unfortunately, Kimberly feels slighted at the suggestion. The original team had to prove to themselves and Zordon that they were worthy of the gift of being Rangers and the responsibility that came along with it.
Their numerous times saving Angel Grove from horrific threats and eventually saving the Universe from Lord Drakkon must have inspired many citizens as well as future generations of Rangers. Kimberly doesn’t want to take that away from the new kids and it’s understandable.
Di Nicuolo draws this scene spectacularly by framing the first panel far away, symbolizing the divide between Tommy and Kimberly. He also does a great job of contrasting their feelings by showing Tommy with a happy expression and open body posture and Kimberly more reserved and upset with crossed arms.
However, things are not as easy as Tommy believes as an Kiya has begun taking matters into her own hands on Safehaven. When Xi, Blue Emissary’s robotic companion, discovers the body of his master, a shadow appears over him while he grieves over the loss.
Jason, Trini and Zack work on rebuilding some destroyed bits of Safehaven and kind of relax now that they’ve taken care of Lord Zedd. Di Nicuolo and Walter Baiamonte (with help by Katia Ranalli) make these scenes seem so peaceful with the lush blues of the foliage and warm oranges of the sky.
However all of that is destroyed when the Omega Rangers discover the cloak of Blue Emissary and Garrison Vox emerges from the shadows with the head of Xi, implying that he’s the one that destroyed him. Kiya shows up soon after and the other believe she’s here to help them out, but…
Di Nicuolo and Baiamonte spare no expense in the depiction of Kiya’s betrayal of her Omega Allies. With one punch, she plants Jason into the ground. Di Nicuolo gives her a powerful pose and impact lines as her fist connects with the back of Jason’s head. Half of his body is seen in a blur as he makes a crater in the ground.
Every color is made ten times more intense as a result. The sky tuns from a normal shade of orange to a terrifying shade of red. Her characteristic blue streaks are vibrant and violent and her face is given angry expression and covered in shadow.
Zack and Trini are shocked by this, but Kiya says that she did was necessary. Then asks them to stand down, but of course they do not. As soon as they morph, Vox and Kiya are on top of them. The battle is intense with Vox laying into Zack with weighty blows, calling back to their last fight.
Trini actually gets the upper hand on Kiya, but is blindsided when her former friend summons Cavotus to overpower the both Trini and Zack. Cavotus is a sad case as he and Kiya share similar histories in that he also killed to escape a terrible situation.
Unfortunately for him, Blue Emissary decided it was best to keep him locked up like Garrison Vox and Kiya likely saw the hypocrisy in this, thus fueling her anger. But after being pushed to the ropes, the original Rangers are saved and transported back to Earth. Kiya, never stopping, continues to plan.