Title: Go Go Power Rangers
Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Dan Mora
Publisher: Boom! Studios
For most people, Power Rangers ended with the Mighty Morphin era in the 90s. I however watched the show religiously all throughout elementary and middle school, with Time Force and Lost Galaxy probably ranking as my favorite seasons. That said, 2017 has been a year of delightful nostalgia for the Rangers fan in me, with both the new movie and the comics published by Boom! Studios.
Go Go Power Rangers is the latest companion to Kyle Higgins’ ongoing Mighty Morphin series. Here, writer Ryan Parrott and artist Dan Mora take readers back to the earliest days of the original five Rangers (sorry Tommy fans, but he’s already had plenty of spotlight in Higgins’ book). This issue is set mere days after Jason, Zach, Billy, Trini and Kimberly receive their powers, and also chronicles their first encounter with Rita Repulsa.
Yet whereas the main Mighty Morphin series is pretty action-heavy and makes significant changes to the tv show’s mythology, this comic is more about the day-to-day lives of our heroes. What’s it like for a group of teenagers to suddenly become superheroes? How do they interact with each other at school? What other things are going on in their personal lives? These are the questions Parrott asks here.
Now, that’s not to say that this book is devoid of action. There’s a big battle set up here involving Rita and all of her minions, and Mora makes the scene where the team morphs into mission-mode big and bombastic. It’ll be interesting to see where the series goes from here, but for hardcore Rangers fans it’s another Boom! title to add to your pull-list. It’s Morphin Time!
-Kevin Schaefer for Ultimate Comics