What may be the last two even remotely readable major Western comic book properties are set to share the Morphin Grid once more, as BOOM! Studios and IDW have announced that the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are headed for another crossover adventure.
As revealed by the publisher on July 21st, this December will see veteran Power Rangers-line writer and current self-titled Power Rangers book author Ryan Parrott team up with fan-favorite cover artist Dan Mora to pen a follow-up to his original miniseries, aptly titled Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, which will see the two “iconic teen crime-fighting teams coming together once again to save the world from a rising danger that threatens to bring both teams to the brink!”
“The first Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles team up resulted in iconic moments such as the reveal of the Green Ranger Shredder, the Ninja Rangers, and the mighty Turtlezord!” exclaimed BOOM! Studios senior editor Dafna Pleban in promotion of the upcoming story. “But if you think there’s nothing that could top that, just wait ‘til you see what’s up next for both teams as they face familiar faces and unexpected villains in an adventure full of the new shocking twists and turns!”
While BOOM! Studios is keeping mum on the plot’s details for now, it will be interesting to see how, if at all, Parrott and Mora incorporate the numerous canon developments that have occurred in each respective comic line in the two years since the release of the first crossover into this second outing.
For example, in New York City, recent events have seen the Turtles have expanded beyond their basic four-member, weapon-based team format, adding the female Turtle Jennika to their line-up and their working together with Shredder himself.
Meanwhile, in Angel Grove, the Rangers line has seen the core team undergo their first major line-up change, with Jason, Zack, and Trini graduating to the roles of Omega Rangers and White Ranger, respectively, and leaving Rocky, Zack, Aisha, and Matthew to succeed them in their original mantles.
Further, the publisher has begun to not only introduce concurrent Ranger teams, most notably the Space Rangers, but also the franchise’s own Crisis level threat in the Death Ranger – two developments which could allow the upcoming crossover to explore a less-grounded, more ‘multiversal’ storyline in comparison to its predecessor.
Hasbro’s Power Rangers x Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lightning Collection line will start to get more figure fodder when the first issue of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II hits shelves in December 2022.