Later this year, two titans of children's animation and pop culture will clash for the first time in comics. BOOM! Studios has announced that the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will share comic pages for the first time ever in a 5-issue series starting in December.
Written by Ryan Parrott (Saban's Power Rangers: Aftershock, Volition) and illustrated by Simone di Meo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Venom Annual), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles begins with the Power Rangers arriving in New York City to find that Tommy Oliver, the Green Ranger, has joined with classic Turtles villain Shredder. The Rangers are then greeted less-than-enthusiastically by the Turtles themselves.
"Honestly, I'm pretty certain keeping this project a secret has taken years off my life," said Parrott. "These two iconic franchises were my TV parents, each teaching me valuable life lessons thirty minutes at a time.
"The Power Rangers and the Ninja Turtles are too insanely awesome not to bring together," he continued. "I mean, they're both color-coded teenage martial artists who fight monsters! It just makes too much sense! A huge thank you to Hasbro and Nickelodeon for letting me play with so many of their wonderful toys, as it is truly an honor to be a part of such an exciting crossover. I'm the luckiest kid in the world, and I cannot wait for you all to see what we've been putting together."
di Meo added, "It’s an honor to be able to work on this amazing project. I'm very happy to be a part of this, one of the crossovers I've been waiting for since I was a kid. Drawing these two teams together is a dream come true!"
Crossover comics can often be sources of immense excitement for fans of the franchises involved, and Power Rangers and the Ninja Turtles have rather passionate fanbases. So, what will this crossover have to offer? Will the two teams fight each other? Will they team up to take down Shredder? Will they all eat pizza? All these questions and more will be answered in a few months' time when Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits shelves.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 will be available Dec. 4 in comic book shops or on the BOOM! Studios webstore. The comic can also be purchased digitally through comiXology, iBooks, Google Play and the BOOM! Studios app.