Go Go Power Rangers #1 Is In Fact Morphin-omenal

by James Ferguson

 

By now, we all know the story of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Five teenagers with attitude are called upon by Zordon and given fantastical powers and awesome robots to combat the evil forces of Rita Repulsa and her henchmen. But who are these kids really? What makes them tick? What’s under the brightly colored costumes and transforming zords? Go Go Power Rangers #1 from BOOM! Studios takes a look at the first few days of the Power Rangers and what was going on in their lives when they suddenly became heroes.

The comic works with a nice balance between outlandish showdowns between good and evil and some more somber moments where we get to know the characters. It opens in the heat of battle with the Megazord against Goldar (or as he’s described, “A giant blue monkey in a suit of armor”). This is what drew all of us to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as kids. Who doesn’t want to watch a fight like that? Artist Dan Mora captures this in all its glory. The opening pages are incredible, building up to a two page spread showing the Megazord standing triumphant, sword in hand and looking like every 4th grader’s fantasy come to life.

After this, things get a little quieter, but also much more personal. The TV show never had a chance to focus much on the people behind the masks. Jason, Zack, Trini, Kimberly, and Billy filled a few teenage stereotypes and not much else. We’re seeing this explored further here from writer Ryan Parrott as well as the main MMPR comic and it’s a welcome sight. This gives a lot more context to the characters and what makes them tick. They have tests and crushes and overbearing parents. They’re just like any other teenagers, only now they’ve saved the world from the aforementioned giant blue monkey.

Mora not only delivers bombastic kaiju fight scenes, but also important emotional beats. This isn’t surprising as he’s had experience with this on his previous work, Hexed, also from BOOM! Studios. He captures the essence of each character in an instant based on their facial expressions and mannerisms. You can’t help but fall in love with all of them. These are the people you’d want to be friends with.

For perhaps the first time, Rita Repulsa can be categorized as an action villain instead of just a joke. She and her henchmen show real power and pure evil in these pages. They’re monsters in more ways than one. Rita shows cunning and intelligence that was rarely on display on the TV show.

Go Go Power Rangers #1 reads like an introduction to a show on the CW and I mean that in the best possibly way. It would fit in nicely with Riverdale, although it would come with a much higher budget of course. Although the Rangers have already saved the world once and will go on to do so many more times, at the end of the day, they’re just teenagers. This is a group of five friends who not only hang out together and have each other’s backs, but they also fight monsters and other assorted bad guys. That’s a way cooler group activity than Chess Club.

Go Go Power Rangers #1 is set for release on July 26th, 2017 at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.