A new arc often means new beginnings for a comic book, but the story’s a little different when it comes to the Power Rangers comic. With the start of Beyond The Grid in Power Rangers #31, the series will boast a new creative team helming the direction of a new team-up of Rangers.
According to Comicbook.com, when the current run - Shattered Grid - ends in August, Marguerite Bennett and Simone Di Meo will take over the series in September.
Current writer Kyle Higgins compares the transition - which won’t reset the story - to a familiar Marvel tale. "One of my favorite comic runs and transitions of all time is when Brian Michael Bendis was leading Daredevil and he developed this really cool situation where Matt was in prison,” Higgins related. “Ed Brubaker came on and said, ‘No, no, no don't put the toys back in the toy box. Keep them out, leave them there. I want to do that.’ It was just this really natural way of continuing the story that Brian had built.”
The world Power Ranger fans grew to love won’t be blown apart upon the new creatives’ arrival, but take the current story and extrapolate its changes from its finale. Bennet, speaking to how she’ll take over from Higgins, said that “he really does leave Daredevil in prison as they say. So we have to find a way of doing the narrative equivalent of a prison break."
Part of that is constructing a new team. The new cover depicts a diverse grouping of Rangers for the team, including Ranger Slayer (Go Go), Magna Defender (Lost Galaxy), Tanya (Zeo), Cam (Ninja Storm), Andros (In Space), and an unidentified Dino Charge Ranger. “There are things coming up in the finale of Shattered Grid that are going to make this new team of Power Rangers not only possible but necessary," Higgins said.
That portends quite a finish, since Ranger Slayer is currently a series villain. Go Go Power Rangers writer Ryan Parrott says that Go Go #11 will help explain how this happens and how this becomes the Mighty Morphin’ team while the original Rangers fight classic baddies in Go Go.
While fans can have their nostalgic cake and eat it too thanks to the different takes of the two books, this franchise is pushing creative boundaries and exploring the canon like few others in the comic world - which fans will get their first look at when Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #31 comes out this September.