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Recap #285: Power Rangers: A Nightmare on Elm Street #1

Power Rangers/Elm Street #1 Cover
Power Rangers/Elm Street #1 Cover

Title: Power Rangers – A Nightmare on Elm Street #1 a.k.a. “Mighty Morphin’ Nightmare Rangers”

Author: Stephen Harber

Pencils & Inks: Francisco Mauriz

Colors: James Zark

Movie Poster Variant Cover: Ryan Lindberg

Summary: N/A

Initial Thoughts

Wow. The crossover I never thought would happen, which you can find here. [Wing: A crossover I never once considered and yet am excited to read.]

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A FAN COMIC, SIMILAR TO HOW STORY OF THE BLANKS WAS A FAN GAME.

Ah, before I go further I would like to thank Dove for being cool with me recapping this story for the site. I know Dove’s handling the Elm Street franchise’s recaps, and I was worried I’d be stepping on her toes.

I don’t often get to mention this on Point Horror, but the Elm Street franchise has been my defacto horror movie franchise since I was young. Well, ages 9 to 13 these movies disgusted me and it was more a bile fascination thing. I’m in the camp where I genuinely enjoying Parts 2 and 5, and on the rare chance anyone pays attention to my rantings over the internet they’d know my favorite characters are Alice Johnson and Greta Gibson. I WILL NOT HEAR ILL INTENT SPOKEN ABOUT DREAM CHILD.

I’ve talked about Power Rangers more on Nostalgic Bookshelf, like the year I included that Flame Con commission post talking about the history of the franchise from Mighty Morphin’ to Ninja Storm. I’m still supporting the comics from Boom Studios but I’ve lost track of what’s going on in the current show.

I found this comic one night while randomly searching for stuff on my smartphone. I cannot begin to tell you the feeling that surged through me when I saw how professionally done everything looked. My entire life has been fueled by intersecting fandoms and interests beyond what people normally like to engage in. I’ve spent three years and counting developing a DC Comics AU directly inspired by the visual novels of 07th Expansion and at least TWO decades on a mega crossover centered around Revolutionary Girl Utena. Fuck, in 4th Grade I tried writing fan fiction combining the Angry Beavers and 1959’s The Bat, I am just that weird.

Anyway.

Power Rangers: A Nightmare on Elm Street runs with the basic cheesiness of the Power Rangers franchise, but chooses to embrace it in a way that’s self aware without being mean for the sake of meanness. The comic is currently set during the later Mighty Morphin’ episodes with the following line-up:

  • White Ranger: Tommy
  • Pink: Kimberly
  • Blue: Billy
  • Red: Rocky
  • Yellow: Aisha
  • Black: Adam

We also have the Big Bad line-up of Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd with Rita’s brother, Rito Revolto.

In terms of Elm Street chronology, the comic is set to incorporate possibly everything from the original franchise so expect some spoilers. At least that’s what I’m guessing. The creative team has set the stage for other horror properties to appear, but I won’t say who for now. All I will say is I’m enjoying this comic a LOT and I can’t wait for the rest of it to be released.

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