The Power Rangers head to homecoming! It’s not a total dream date though. Kimberly is out with the imposter Matt, Jason fears an awkward encounter with Trini, and Bulk is a hero. This is one of the craziest dances Angel Grove has ever seen.
First up, the team is reeling from Billy’s revelation that he wants to quit and give his morpher to Matt. Billy feels like he doesn’t fit in with the rest of the group. He’s the nerd while everyone else is athletic and popular. Jason stands by him, pointing out that Zordon chose Billy for a reason. This is a tough call for the Blue Ranger because he has so much opportunity in his personal life with a possible internship at Promethea. Could Billy help the world more as a Power Ranger or as a Promethea employee?
Billy’s justification plays out as we see how determined the real Matt is while in captivity at Rita’s base on the moon. He’s been held prisoner for some time and he’s never given up, going to great lengths to find his way home and help his friends. That’s the kind of strength and willpower you’d expect from a Power Ranger.
Writer Ryan Parrott plays up the teenage drama of Go Go Power Rangers well. The vast majority of this issue has the Rangers out of costume and it’s a riveting read. I was already attached to these characters from a nostalgia factor, but Parrott has added a new layer of connection to them as we’ve become more and more invested in their lives. We see into their world when they’re not battling giant monsters by piloting giant robots.
The tension is heightened with the knowledge that Matt is not who he says he is. He was kidnapped and replaced by a Puttie a few issues back. It gives an added dramatic flare to every one of his scenes. He’s working to tear the Rangers apart from the inside. The interesting part here is how they’ve inadvertently changed this literal monster. Fake Matt got a taste of life as a human and it’s way better than being on Rita’s beck and call.
This plays out towards the end as his secret is revealed. It’s strange feeling pity for the bad guy. He doesn’t seem to want to fight the Power Rangers but he’s forced to do so by Rita. Artist Dan Mora captures this internal struggle perfectly as we see Fake Matt’s face fill with regret and sadness before transforming into a terrifying Puttie abomination. We also see this throughout the issue as it’s clear the emotions are coming to a head.
Just as we’re able to feel sympathy for a Puttie monster, we feel similar for Bulk. He’s always been a brainless bully, but here he shows some real heart. He performs a selfless deed that no one will probably find out about. He didn’t do it for glory or recognition. He did it for someone else’s wellbeing. I never thought I’d say this, but Bulk is a hero.
Go Go Power Rangers delivers terrific teenage drama that’s still suitable for all ages. You can and should read this comic with your kids. You get a wide swath of character defining moments and almost all of them come without a flashy costume. I’m continually impressed by how this series has expanded upon characters that were given the most basic level of background in a TV series from 25 years ago, fleshing them out into real, relatable people.