It’s time for our THIRD installment of Morphin Time Tuesday, a celebration of all things Power Rangers and the awesome fandom it has inspired over the years. As we wait on the newest issues of both Mighty Morphin and Power Rangers from BOOM! Studios it’s a great time to take a look at one fan project that has had plenty of people remarkably excited. I haven’t forgotten about the instant classic musical that Beast Morphers delivered, but first, it’s time to get horrific…
A crossover of nightmarish proportions makes its way to fans courtesy of writer Stephen Harber, artist Francisco Silva Mauriz, colorist James Zark and movie poster cover artists Ryan Lindberg. Together they have created a crossover comic featuring our beloved Power Rangers and the always terrifying Freddy Kreuger of Nightmare on Elm Street in the comic simply titled Power Rangers: A Nightmare on Elm Street. Their aim is to show that Power Rangers has a much broader appeal than people typically give it credit and there is plenty of room for content that is much more adult geared for the fans who grew up with the franchise.
We believe there’s untapped potential in the Power Rangers brand that can capture the interest of adult fans beyond simple nostalgic appeal.
By juxtaposing the optimism and wholesomeness of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers with the horrific yet darkly satirical attitude of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, we hope to give fans a glimpse of that potential. – About Power Rangers: A Nightmare on Elm Street
Let me also give a warning to those looking to dive into the rather unique project, as it features a heavy use of violence, gore and adult language. It states very clearly that it is geared towards adult audiences and the creative team certainly doesn’t shy away from that direction. Even then, it’s an exciting take on the franchise and does in fact show just how versatile the Power Rangers franchise is. Who would’ve though that a horrifying mashup would be capable of such potential? Well once you get your first look at “Lord Fredd” a nightmare vision of the ultimate villain Lord Zedd you may start to see just how fun the series really is.
This type of project really gets into why Morphin Time Tuesday exists, because the fandom really knows how to enjoy the franchise and push the boundaries of what we thought was possible with such a seemingly simple concept surrounding the Power Rangers. But for fans who are wanting possible a more hands on experience, preorders for the Power Rangers Deck-Building Game from Renegade Game Studios.
This competitive experience gives one player the control of the Rangers while the other takes control of the monsters as they attempt to knock each other’s starting health from 30 down to 0 and it can be played in 1v1, 2v1 or 2v2! Following their successful co-op miniatures game, Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid, it seems Renegade Game Studios has tapped into an exciting playability feature of the franchise with a deck building game that shows a lot of great promise. Plus it features some incredible art from fan-favorite comics artist Dan Mora. Be sure to head over to the website HERE and get your preorder in before the close on December 8th!
As always, the Power Rangers subreddit is busy with a lot of exciting fan art, people showing off their collections and speculating on what the future holds for the franchise. But u/FeatherNova recently posted a piece of their commissioned fanart that had quite a few people hyped about their work. This is some of the best fanart that feels inspired by actual Sentai that I’ve seen in a while! If you aren’t a member of the Power Rangers subreddit now is the time to join!
With new episodes of Power Rangers: Beast Morphers releasing and the exciting new series Dino Fury gearing up, there is a lot of content for fans to engage with while we wait on the new comics from BOOM! and the recently announced cinematic reboot and new TV series. This includes a brand new episode of the Ranger Command Power Hour podcast as well! In their EXTRA episode 069, Eric, A.P. and Zach watch Power Rangers SPD Reflection pt. 1 & 2 and look back on Thanksgiving to show everyone how appreciative they are of the fan’s support. Head over to their website HERE to check out the latest episode!
As we kick off December and look to the holidays for a bit of joy, I would like to end this installment of Morphin Time Tuesday with a look at one of the funniest moments in any Power Rangers episode that you might not expect, a full musical! Yes this is a very different tone than how we started this week’s installment with a horror vibe, because In Power Rangers: Beast Morphers Season 2 we found ourselves in the midst of a High School Musical style musical that was honestly way better than it ever needed to be. So enjoy “It’s Great to be Human” and we will see you next time!
Have some Power Rangers fanart or a theory on what’s to come you’d like to share? Let us know and you might be included in a later installment of Morphin Time Tuesday!