Power Rangers #4 by Ryan Parrott

Power Rangers #4Power Rangers #4 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Maybe it’s because I’m tired, or maybe it’s because I haven’t read any of the previous Power Rangers series (yet), but this issue really failed to grab me for some reason.

I think a big part of it is that it relies on you having read the previous series, and one of my criticisms of this book has been that it’s not very new reader friendly. So, I’m still not 100% on who Drakkon actually is, and I certainly don’t know anything about this planet he was trapped on? Imprisoned on? And why there are giant glowing beasts that are apparently manifestations of the morphing grid…?

Anyway, I’m sure I’ll catch up in time…

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Power Rangers #3 by Ryan Parrott

Power Rangers #3Power Rangers #3 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, I enjoyed this more than the previous issue, and I enjoyed that a fair amount, so that has to be a good thing, eh?

I liked that the Rangers drew attention to the fact that, yes, this really is Invasion of the Space Vampires, and that the first part owed a lot to Alien/Aliens. I feel that if you’re riffing on media that your characters would likely have consumed then it’s unrealistic if they don’t acknowledge that…but maybe that’s just me?

Drakkon continues to show that he’s unfailingly duplicitous as he double crosses the space vampires, but it’s clear that he only chose to do so when it became clear that the Rangers were going to win. Who’s side is he really on? Well, clearly his own…the Rangers are just fortunate that his interests align with theirs…for now.

Still, as good as this was, I’m glad that the Horrid have ben dealt with quickly and we can move on with the plot. The cliff-hanger ending certainly has me excited to read the next issue!

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Mighty Morphin #3 by Ryan Parrott

Mighty Morphin #3Mighty Morphin #3 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Mighty Morphin continue to battle Lord Zed’s powered up putties, Adam is made to turn on his friends and…Billy’s secret is out!

Which all sounds very dramatic, because it is. This is good stuff. I honestly have no idea who that is that’s behind the Green Ranger, but I’m assuming that if Billy helped her then she can’t be bad. Zordon, however, is continuing his habit of being a big, grumpy, blue head and disapproving of anyone who does anything that wasn’t his idea.

All of this is making me want to read what’s come before so I can actually understand everything that’s going on. But until I can do that I’m just going to enjoy the ride!

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Power Rangers #2 by Ryan Parrott

Power Rangers #2Power Rangers #2 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After an awesome first issue we have something of a slight dip with #2 as the Rangers’ space ship is infiltrated by space vampires called The Horrid.

What results is an alien-esque space thriller as the vampires stalk our heroes through a space ship whose power is failing…although it’s not made clear if this was caused by the vampires or not. Sadly, all too soon there’s a horde of vampires, Trini’s tried blowing them out of the goddam airlock and all the tension has gone.

Oh, and, of course…Drakkon is trying to do a deal with the vampires and sell the Rangers out. Curse his sudden but inevitable betrayal!

Not bad stuff, just not as good as the first issue.

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Mighty Morphin #2 by Ryan Parrott

Mighty Morphin #2Mighty Morphin #2 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This felt like a big improvement over #1, probably because I felt less confused. I’ve got a ton of Power Rangers back issues to read to make me even less confused…if only I had the time to actually read them!

The Mighty Morphin team are busy dealing with the ramifications of the Omega Rangers’ seeming betrayal, as Zordon decides to send out a galactic APB for the Omega team. On one hand, this feels like a classic “big misunderstanding” plotline, but it’s really not. I think both teams understood completely what the other were saying, but both were convinced they were in the right and so were unwilling to budge. Only time will tell whether freeing Drakkon was the right thing to do or not. Maybe he is the lesser of two evils, but maybe his ultimate betrayal is also inevitable…and both teams will be both right and wrong. Oooo…moral ambiguity in Power Rangers! There’s an idea…

The art is also great and this may be the first time in history that I’ve found myself actually liking Bulk and Skull!

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Power Rangers #1 by Ryan Parrott

Power Rangers #1Power Rangers #1 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like Mighty Morphin #1, this is incredibly new reader un-friendly. Honestly, if I hadn’t been watching Power Rangers for years I’d have been completely lost. As it was, it took me a while to figure out these particular Rangers are Jason, Zack and Trini, who originally left to attend a peace conference in Switzerland (or after the actors’ contract negotiation went south…) and are now, apparently, the Omega Rangers, who’s been travelling through space.

They’ve returned to Earth to ask for Zordon’s help to track down a new enemy that wiped out the entire population of a planet. they think Lord Drakkon can help them, but Zordon refuses to release him (because it’s quite clear that he’s evil and that would be bad). So…well…you can guess what happens next…

Despite me having to figure out the back story as I read, I really enjoyed this. I particularly enjoyed the scene between Rocky and Jason, where Rocky worries that Jason sees him as a disappointment. The art is fantastic and I’ll definitely be staying to curse Drakkon’s inevitable betrayal….

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Mighty Morphin #1 by Ryan Parrott

Mighty Morphin #1Mighty Morphin #1 by Ryan Parrott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is good, with sharp writing and stylish, clean art.

But, as a first issue…? It really assumes you’ve been reading Boom’s previous Power Rangers comics, and…sadly…I have not…so I felt a little lost.

The team spend a lot of time speculating as to who the new Green Ranger might be. Could he be Drakkon? Could he be someone else? And…as a new reader I was left thinking, “What Green Ranger?” and “Who’s Drakkon?” I mean, I have a vague awareness of who Drakkon is, but it would have been helpful if they’d taken a little time to fill new readers in.

That said, these felt like the same characters I’m familiar with from the show, and I like that they’ve kept the Bulk & Skull b-plot tradition from the show too. It also helps that Bulk and Skull are nowhere near as irritating as they were on TV…but maybe that’s because that stupid music doesn’t play every time they show up!

I liked this and it’s probably done enough to make me stick around for a while…and maybe pick up some back issues to figure out what’s going on…

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