Jason, Zack, Trini, Billy, and Kimberly are getting used to their new roles as Power Rangers. They were friends and now they’re teammates tasked with protecting the planet from the evil Rita Repulsa and her monsters. Unbeknownst to the Rangers, Rita has infiltrated the group with a Puttie duplicate of their friend, Matt. She’s using it to sow distrust and tension to ultimately destroy the team from within.
We took a lot for granted with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show. Five teenagers with attitude are suddenly given brightly colored costumes, advanced weaponry, and big robots and instantly know how to use everything to defeat evil. Go Go Power Rangers shows us how they learn the ropes with these new gifts. This issue has the Rangers training with their Zords and mastering the connection to these magnificent creations.
These scenes not only show how cool the Zords are, as brilliantly illustrated by artist Dan Mora. They also serve as a reminder that despite these newfound responsibilities, the Power Rangers are still just teenagers. They marvel at the capabilities of their Zords and are intent on working together to make a better team, but they’re also going to talk about the homecoming dance that’s looming on the horizon.
Mora gives the Zords a more nimble appearance, while still maintaining their look and feel. They often looked blocky in the TV show, as the producers were limited by the practical effects at the time. That is not the case here are Mora shows them moving and twisting about in ways we’ve never seen before. This is especially true of the Trini’s Sabertooth Tiger Zord as it stalks its prey before leaping into action.
Following their first training exercise, there’s a great page where the team regroups which transitions from their lives as Power Rangers to their lives as teenagers. Each panel has them standing in the same formation, but they shift more and more from their uniforms to their street clothes as they walk out of the command center and teleport back to Angel Grove.
While the Puttie Matt is infiltrating the group, the real one is held captive on Rita’s base on the moon. This is a chilling scene as Rita interrogates him, looking for gossip and information she can use to tear the Rangers apart. This sequence, as well as the opening pages, show just how ruthless Rita can be. She is most definitely not a joke here. This is a villain in the truest sense of the word.
The Power Rangers are only a couple weeks into the job and things are already starting to fall apart. They have to rally together to defeat Rita and keep the world safe, but with dissension coming from within, fueled by an enemy they’re not aware of, it’s a powder keg ready to explode. It’s the perfect combination of high school drama and sci-fi action.