The Psycho Rangers have returned and they’re looking for their creator. The only problem is that the evil Astronema has transformed into Karone, the former Lost Galaxy Pink Ranger. That’s not going to stop them, especially since they’re empowered by the Psycho Green Ranger. Karone’s brother Andros, the In Space Red Ranger has a thing or two to say about this as well.
I wasn’t that familiar with the Psycho Rangers before digging into this graphic novel. Fortunately, you don’t need any prior knowledge in order to enjoy it. Writer Paul Allor makes all the necessary connections for you. I’m sure that long time fans will get a little more out of this than I did. What shines through is a solid story and some incredible character development.
The Psycho Rangers are like these husks of people. Their personalities were replaced with rage and hate. They only know how to hunt and kill. Karone presents them with a different option and it feels foreign and unnatural, yet not unwelcome. She provides a new dynamic that starts to take root within them.
This presents an interesting look at destiny and how people can change. While the Psycho Rangers have done horrible things in the past, they weren’t in their right minds at the time. Can they find redemption along the way? Andros doesn’t believe they’ve changed. Once a Psycho Ranger, always a Psycho Ranger. There are traces of xenophobia or racism in here, shown through the lens of an unlikely source.
A powerful aspect of these characters’ journey comes when Karone encourages them to choose names for themselves. Up until this point they’ve just been known as colors, Red, Pink, Yellow, etc. The idea of having a name of their own never occurred to them. That says so much about who they are.
It didn’t take long for me to figure out why the Psycho Rangers are fan favorites. They look awesome. Artist Giuseppe Cafaro matches up to the cool costumes seen in the show, presenting them as intimidating, fierce warriors. This contrasts well with their appearance out of costume, where they look scared and vulnerable. It’s like the costume is a protective shell, both literally and figuratively, keeping them safe from the harsh world around them.
This also extends to Marcelo Costa’s colors. When the Psycho Rangers are in uniform, they’re mostly black with small touches of their corresponding color. Then, when the helmets come off, they’re warmer and more welcoming, like they could be normal teenagers under other circumstances.
Cafaro says a lot with facial expressions. This is especially true for the Psycho Green Ranger. You can tell right away that he’s conniving and more than a little crazy. There are times he looks at Karone with pure menace in his eyes as he tries to use her to suit his own ends. On the other end of the spectrum, you have Andros who always appears stoic and determined. He knows exactly what he wants to do and he’s going to achieve that goal.
Letterer Ed Dukeshire adds some subtleties to the dialogue, particularly with Karone. She’s working a few angles, trying to avoid further death and destruction, so there are times she speaks under her breath and others when she has to be large and in charge. She has a nice range.
This original graphic novel also ties nicely into some events in the Power Rangers comics, so it’s clear where and when this sits within continuity. I’m glad that that Boom! Studios is exploring the other series and not just sticking to Mighty Morphin. It’s given me a chance to check out some other aspects of the franchise that I missed over the year and definitely filled up my Netflix queue for some further homework. Power Rangers: The Psycho Path provides a deeper insight into some of the most popular villains the series has produced, exploring the very idea of self.