Godzilla vs. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers has so far lived up to all my expectations. This series is one big-budget monster movie and I’ve loved it. The story so far has been all about the Power Rangers in their Zords fighting with Godzilla and other monsters. There is not much more that is needed to go into it. But now that we’ve reached the midway point will the story start picking up more details into what Rita Repulsa and company have planned to take down the Power Rangers and Godzilla? Let’s find out with Godzilla vs. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #3.
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Freddie Williams II
Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse
Gigan, Rhinoblaster, and Eye Guy overwhelm the Power Rangers in their Megazord.
As that is going on Rita Repulsa uses her magic to place Tommy Oliver back under her control but fails. Rita then resorts to mocking Tommy with her plans to use all the monsters to conquer the world.
Back in the battle, the Power Rangers continue to struggle against Gigan, Rhinoblaster, and Eye Guy. Godzilla suddenly appears and helps out the Power Rangers. The Power Rangers and Godzilla work together to defeat Gigan, Rhinoblaster, and Eye Guy.
Seeing this Rita sends out Scorpina to command a group of monsters. Scorpina transforms and leads Kumonga, Kamacuras, and Megaguirus against the Power Rangers and Godzilla. End of issue.
As I said in my opening, Cullen Bunn and Freddie Williams know exactly what Godzilla vs. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers should be. It’s one big action monster movie brought to comic book form. This third issue of Godzilla vs. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is no different.
As with the other monster fights in the first two issues what Godzilla vs. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #3 excels at is stacking the odds against our heroes. Against one monster the Power Rangers or Godzilla could eventually win. It’s the fact that they have to constantly fight multiple monsters with different power sets that makes things much more difficult and overwhelming. Bunn and Williamson are clearly having fun tapping into the different types of monsters from both franchises to make these battles so dynamic.
The different stages of the battle work well to put over how the Power Rangers and Godzilla individually can’t overcome everything Rita Repulsa and the Xiliens are throwing their way. Sure, they can hold their own against Gigan, Rhinoblaster, and Eye Guy but eventually, it becomes too much. Even Godzilla using its surprise reappearance to gain the advantage when taking on Gigan, Rhinoblaster, and Eye Guy alone doesn’t last.
This all leads to giving the eventual point we get to in Godzilla vs. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #3 where our protagonists finally work together to be the most hype moment. It is exactly the moment that these first three issues were building towards. And I love that while the Power Rangers recognize this team-up is needed we do see through Williams’s artwork that Godzilla is doing so hesitantly since he is such a solo act. And with the majority of Godzilla vs. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #3 featuring the Megazord, Godzilla, and the other monsters Williams’s artwork really shines in this issue.
While Godzilla and Power Rangers are able to overcome the odds it was great to see that Rita Repulsa wasn’t going to let that deter her plans. If anything, what Godzilla and the Power Rangers do just further motivates her to escalate her plan. Bunn has really nailed how to write a wicked Rita that mixes the version from the show and recent BOOM! Studios Power Rangers.
Adding in that Rita is trying to turn Tommy Oliver once again was a nice touch to build up hate for her character. As the biggest fan favorite, Tommy is a character you don’t want to see be forced to the bad side again. It builds heat for Rita’s side and does put into question what role Tommy will serve in this story. With two issues left, it is only a matter of time before Tommy and the Dragonzord rejoin the battle. Which Godzilla and the other Power Rangers will need since even more monsters are appearing at every moment.
Godzilla vs. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #3 was an absolute blast. The way Cullen Bunn and Freddie Williams II find new, fun ways to escalate the story is so much fun. If you aren’t already reading Godzilla vs. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers then make sure to change that asap because this is a can’t miss comic book.
Story Rating: 8 Night Girls out of 10
Art Rating: 8 Night Girls out of 10
Overall Rating: 8 Night Girls out of 10