Review: Power Rangers #1
First, it’s great to be back in the world of MMPR (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, to us cool kids) again. I haven’t picked up an issue since the end of Shattered Grid and I can see a lot has changed. There are now Omega Rangers and the three we are shown in this issue are Jason, Trini, and Zack. I gotta say their uniforms and powers are freaking cool. Power Rangers #1 starts with the three former Power Rangers coming back to Earth. They bring a warning of a major universal threat called the Empyreals. Apparently, these are worse than Rita and Lord Zedd combined.
As they continue their reunion with their friends they warn of the danger coming forward. The Omega and MMPR teams clash over their philosophies about how to handle this terror and it stirs up some discontent. The Omega Team wants to set free Lord Drakkon to assist them as he is the only one they know with knowledge and experience of the Empyreals that could prove useful. Of course having gone through a cosmic war with Drakkon before the MMPR team wants no part of this and insists their must be another way. They even take it Zordon for a vote and he is dead set against it and reminds the Omegas that they are not his Rangers anymore and the decision is final. After some tension, the Omegas leave the Command Center and decide only one thing they can do. They have to break Lord Drakkon out.
Maaaaann, talk about an awesome issue. Though the players have changed the goals are still the same, protect the universe at any cost. I really enjoyed the conversations in Power Rangers #1 and they felt very organic. They seemed like real people disagreeing but with great points. I like the characterization of the new MMPR team and there were some touching moments between new and former Red Rangers.
The writing of this was fantastic and the art was so fluid and energetic it moved in a way that the Rangers felt like they were darting across the pages in front of me. As for the coloring, I maintain that BOOM! Studios has the very best colorists in the industry bar none. Raul Angulo uses a color pallet that just wows. I love it. The writing by Ryan Parrott seems fresh and keeps everything tightly paced and doesn’t seem to have any big lulls in the story.
I know people think that a reboot with a brand new #1 is a bit unnecessary, but I don’t. Power Rangers #1 gets you up to speed pretty quickly and takes a new direction. At the same time, it’s exciting enough that makes me want to track down all the stuff I haven’t read from the former series just to see how we got here. The art was great too and I was floored by the Omega Rangers designs. Hasbro needs to get us figures for these quick. Nothing much more to say other than the rest of the issue after the Omegas make their decision is pretty slick. I definitely dug this comic and last but not least, once again “It’s Morphin Time!”
Story: Ryan Parrott Art: Francesco Mortarino
Color: Raúl Angulo Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review