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REVIEW: Go Go Power Rangers #1- Old School With a Little Bit of New School

 
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Overview
 

Story by: Ryan Parrott
 
Art by: Dan Mora
 
Colors by: Raul Angulo
 
Letters by: Ed Dukeshire
 
Cover by: Dan Mora
 
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4.5/ 5


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Seamless blend of nostalgia factor and modernized storytelling with a dash of realism; multiple opportunities for character development and establishment of series' own identity

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Mostly generic Ranger backstories


To sum it all up..

A “prequel” of sorts (and I’m only using the term loosely) to BOOM! Studios’ ongoing Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series, Go Go Power Rangers retells and modernizes the story of Jason, Zack, Billy, Trini & Kimberly as they balance life as students and as superheroes. The series helmed by Ryan Parrott and Dan Mora aims to dig […]

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Posted July 29, 2017 by

 
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A “prequel” of sorts (and I’m only using the term loosely) to BOOM! Studios’ ongoing Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series, Go Go Power Rangers retells and modernizes the story of Jason, Zack, Billy, Trini & Kimberly as they balance life as students and as superheroes. The series helmed by Ryan Parrott and Dan Mora aims to dig deeper on each of the core five Rangers, which may serve as a breath of fresh air compared to the arcs of the Mighty Morphin series, which has more or less focused on one Tommy Oliver.

The series kicks off after the Rangers’ first battle with Rita’s forces. As they try to figure out how to keep their identities secret, Zordon informs them that the two astronauts who accidentally released Rita and her minions were being held captive in her palace on the moon. Given the circumstance, Jason jumps at the chance to initiate a rescue mission to retrieve the astronauts. After holding off an army of Putties and Goldar, things seemed to be in the clear for the Rangers. However, Jason’s plan to take on the Evil Empress by himself backfires and the Rangers find themselves cornered by Rita, Goldar, Finster, Squatt, and Baboo.

To fill out the remaining pages of the issue, flashbacks were thrown in to lay the foundation of each Ranger’s personality. Out of all the backstories mentioned in the issue, the one establishing Jason as a reformed bully is the most intriguing. The others’ stories were solid but nothing about them stood out as I hoped. That being said, this is an opportunity for each Ranger to be fleshed out even more as the series progresses. I personally want to see Trini’s character development the most since even the show hasn’t done her enough justice. And odds are we might finally find out why she’s afraid of heights in a future issue.

Mighty Morphin had already touched on the subject of government involvement in recent issues so it’s not a surprise that Go Go Power Rangers will possibly take the same route, albeit not as explicit as the former. It’s nice to see this issue depict the aftermath of a Zord battle, especially when the Army has to clean up the mess in Angel Grove, and reveal the fate of the two astronauts who inadvertently freed Rita and her minions from their dumpster prison. Add in the element of the Rangers’ parents being overprotective of their kids because they don’t know where they are when chaos ensues.

Though they have the same ingredients as Mighty Morphin, the ball is in Parrott’s court to give Go Go Power Rangers its own identity as a series. And from the looks of things, it seems like they’re on the right track. One notable addition to the cast of characters is Matt Cook, who is loosely associated with the Rangers because of his relationship with Kimberly. Though it will be inevitable for Kimberly to end up with Tommy in the future, Matt may prove to be an essential character development device as she finds out that being a teenage superhero means having to make some sacrifices.

Overall, Go Go Power Rangers #1 is a good start to the series. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget how the Rangers protected Angel Grove (and Earth, for that matter) as a team of five. Hopefully, this series will give readers a better picture of how the core five managed to balance high school and saving the world, at least until help arrives.


Emjay Lapus

 
Emjay wears multiple hats -- communications specialist, aspiring Power Ranger, wrestling fan, sneakerhead, comic book reader, member of the Grizz Nation, part-time musician/full-time music lover, Grove Street OG, occasional photo/video editor (mostly memes), and protector of Earthrealm.


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