Power Rangers #8 by Ryan Parrott

Power Rangers #8Power Rangers #8 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That last page reveal. Oh. My. God. I did NOT see that coming.

The Omega Rangers finally face an Empyreal and “epic” is the only way to describe it. But Parrott makes the brilliant choice to make this epic tale of the destruction of an entire planet about a single person. A person we feel the loss of, through Zack’s experiences. It makes it real for us, not an abstract genocide, but a very personal one.

Meanwhile, as Trini and Jason battle the Empyreal, some very real and pertinent moral questions are raised. They’re defending a race that has killed and enslaved billions, and if they succeed in saving them then billions more will die as a result of their actions. Is the greater good served by letting them die? It’s a good question, and in the end the Rangers are only able to save a handful of people, and Zack, naturally, wonders if it was worth it. If there’s any real point to what they’re doing.

Of course Drakkon is on hand to make things even more muddy, morally speaking…and he’s also ready to call out the hypocrisy of the Rangers.

This book is brilliant, give more depth and nuance to characters than anyone would normally expect. I’ve always felt that Power rangers had the potential to be a deeper and more interesting concept than people think it is, and it feels good to be proved right. Mortarino’s art is also a perfect fit for this book. His clean lines and dynamic style perfectly capturing the feel of Power Rangers.

This is Power Rangers at its very best and I’d heartily recommend it to anyone.

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Mighty Morphin #8 by Ryan Parrott

Mighty Morphin #8Mighty Morphin #8 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tommy’s on the ropes, even with Aisha’s help, but Matt arrives in the Dragon Zord just in time to save the day, free Angel Grove and defeat Lord Zedd. But not before Zedd can kidnap Skull’s girlfriend (who’s actually an Eltarian Guardian…you know, like Zordon, except she’s not just a head).

Also, now Billy’s lies and deceit are exposed he has to deal with the consequences.

This is cracking stuff, with all the soap opera like drama and insane action you expect from the Power Rangers.

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Power Rangers #7 by Ryan Parrott

Power Rangers #7Power Rangers #7 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Empyreals are heading towards a planet…but it’s a planet of evil, nasty imperialists, so the Rangers face a moral dilemma…do they save the evil people from the other evil people or let the evil people die, resulting in a net decrease in the amount of evil people in the glalaxy?

Of course, they’re the Rangers, so they choose to do the right thing, because saving people is what they do. However, they’re evil, so they think they don’t need any help and tell the Rangers to, erm, go away.

This is cracking stuff! Beautifully written and drawn and guaranteed to give you you’re fix of Power Rangers goodness.

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Mighty Morphin #7 by Ryan Parrott

Mighty Morphin #7Mighty Morphin #7 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book just keeps getting better. Finally inside the dome, the Rangers find that Lord Zedd has his putties busy rebuilding the city and his monsters are fighting crime.

What can be going through his gross, exposed mind?

Well, we do find out what he’s up to, but it’s the final page reveal, so I won’t spoil it.

I’m really enjoying finding out more of Zordon’s back story and it’s being neatly woven into main plot too.

It’s well written and the art is gorgeous, what more could you possibly want?

Kimberly being sassy? That’s here too!

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Power Rangers Unlimited: Heir to Darkness #1 by L.L. McKinney

Power Rangers Unlimited: Heir to Darkness #1Power Rangers Unlimited: Heir to Darkness #1 by L.L. McKinney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, of course, like a fool, I read this after Power Rangers #6, and it leads directly into it…but I’ve been letting my Power Rangers comics build up because it’s honestly hard to keep up with everything I’m reading at the moment. Maybe I should cut back…

Anyway, this was excellent and focused on Astronema’s youth and her time being raised by Ecliptor in Dark Specter’s service. It’s been a loooong time since I watched the Power Rangers series’ with Astronema in them, but I remember her being one of the more interesting and complex villains in Power Rangers history. This comic certainly builds on that and adds even greater depth to her history.

Definitely worth piking up if you’re reading the two regular Power Rangers series, but there’s plenty here for any long time Power Rangers fan to enjoy.

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Mighty Morphin #6 by Ryan Parrott

Mighty Morphin #6Mighty Morphin #6 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We slow the pace waaaay down this issue, which is fine, it can’t be all action all the time. Well, it can be, but then the comic would just be the TV show and there’d be very little room for plot or character development.

The team basically spend most of this issue angsting about the fact that the military are going to nuke Angel Grove unless they can lower Lord Zedd’s energy dome in thirty six hours…and they have no idea how to do that. This provides an opportunity for Parrot to subvert the Power Rangers usual hyper-positivity as the whole team are worried that their family and friends are being tortured by Lord Zedd and Tommy’s attempt to give them all a rousing pep talk falls flat.

I’m guess next issue we’re going to flash back to what the heck has been going on in the dome in the meantime because, SPOILERS, when the team finally makes it inside the dome it seems that the new Green Ranger has flipped sides…which is pretty much the Green Ranger’s trademark move, so we should probably have seen it coming…

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Mighty Morphin #5 by Ryan Parrot

Mighty Morphin #5Mighty Morphin #5 by Ryan Parrot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We take a breather from wall to wall action to find out how Matt became the Green Ranger, following him over the weeks leading up to the events in #4.

It’s incredibly well done, given that I had literally no idea who Matt was going in to this, I now feel like I’m caught up and understand who the character is and what motivates him. It’s a fascinating look into what makes a Ranger, and even though Zordon didn’t create him, Matt most definitely has the spirit of a Power Ranger.

As others have pointed out it also confirms that the coin and the morphing process imbue a Ranger with fighting skills they might not have otherwise possessed.

This is great stuff, and provides the deeper dive into Power Rangers lore that the TV show is, inevitably, unable to deliver.

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Mighty Morphin #4 by Ryan Parrott

Mighty Morphin #4Mighty Morphin #4 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is great stuff. Action packed. Full of drama. We get some back story for Zordon (who wasn’t always a big, blue floating head) and the Power Rangers are essentially beaten by Lord Zedd.

The whole of Angel Grove is trapped under a giant energy dome and the Rangers are trapped on the outside…all except the mysterious Green Ranger. And the Green Ranger is…some guy!

Well, I’m sure that people who haven’t started reading Power Rangers with this series know who he is, but I haven’t a clue. Which brings me back to a complain that I’ve mostly had of this book’s sister book, Power Rangers…it’s incredibly inaccessible for new readers.

Still, it’s a ton of fun, and I’m sure I’ll catch up eventually!

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Power Rangers #6 by Ryan Parrott

Power Rangers #6Power Rangers #6 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Parrot continues his trend of playing with genre tropes and doing them superbly.

This time it’s a train heist, as Zack and Jason have got themselves imprisoned by SPD, along with Astronema, so Trini has to team up with Ecliptor to rescue them all from a mag lev train during a prisoner transfer. It’s the exact scenario you’ve seen a million times before, but Power Rangers style, so it’s cool.

Meanwhile Drakkon pays a visit to the alien Zack and Jason were playing space poker with last issue to see about that fusion converter he conned them out of.

The Rangers struggle to come to terms with the moral grey areas that Drakkon has led them into…and their betrayal of Zordon has forced them into. It makes for great drama, and that mixed with some high octane action makes for a great comic.

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Power Rangers #5 by Ryan Parrott

Power Rangers #5Power Rangers #5 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Look, ok, I’m still pretty lost plot wise, but I’m only human…and a Power Rangers fan…

…so when Astronema shows up…and then SPD makes an appearance…it makes me a happy little Power Rangers fan.

I guess I’m easily pleased, but that’s pretty much a prerequisite of being a Power Rangers fan. Give me a team of teenagers with attitude dressed in primary colours and reference bits of Power Rangers lore while punching and kicking happens and I’m happy.

And, sure, the whole intergalactic poker game thing is a well worn trope…but it’s a good one, and it’s done well here.

So, good stuff!

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