The teenage superheroes known as the Power Rangers are set to make the leap from television to the big screen next year. Power Rangers will bring the concept to the modern day and most every part of the franchise has been given a new look, as a result. The Iron Man-esque Rangers suits in the film will be dawned by a new cast – Dacre Montgomery (Red Ranger), Naomi Scott (Pink Ranger), RJ Cyler (Blue Ranger), Becky G (Yellow Ranger), and Ludi Lin (Yellow Ranger) – while the Green Ranger is (for now) missing from the Rangers’ ranks, having fueled rumors that Elizabeth Banks’ Rita Repulsa is a former Green ranger herself.
While there are still a few months left before Power Rangers hits theaters, it has already established some complicated lore that it will be based on through its marketing. Lionsgate will have to wait and see how well the film is received before officially moving ahead with sequel plans, but the movie will get a followup in the form of a graphic novel either way.
IGN broke the news that BOOM! Studios will release a graphic novel that is a direct sequel to the films’ events. The novel, titled Power Rangers: Aftershock, will be released on March 29th, shortly after the film hits theaters. The 96 page tale is written by Ryan Parrott, drawn by Lucas Werneck, and will cost $14.99. The movie-like cover and regular Greg Smallwood cover have been revealed as well, showcasing all five Rangers alive n’ well and ready for more.
It has not been uncommon for studios to manufacture tie-in comics for comic related films, but more times than not they are prequel stories that flesh out characters and lore. This decision is the exact opposite and is an interesting one to make from Lionsgate. If the story truly does pick up immediately after the film ends, does this mean that there will be stories that are not resolved onscreen that then require audiences to read the novel to understand? If so, it will be interesting to see how well the novel handles that job.
On the other hand, now that people know that each of the Rangers makes it out of the film reboot alive, that makes the previously-spotted scene filmed at a cemetery less intriguing. This could be a great idea from the studio, but it begs the question: why take this avenue instead of saving the story for an actual movie sequel? In all likelihood though, the comic book sequel will probably be used to tie-up loose ends from the movie that most filmgoers will not care about – leaving the film sequel to deal with the more important consequences of the Rangers’ first (?) battle with Rita.