Boom! Studios 2016
Written by Kyle Higgins
Illustrated by Hendry Prasetya
Coloured by Matt Herms
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
The world is on lockdown. The Dinozords, now under the Black Dragon’s control, are stationed around the globe invoking Rita’s word as law. With the Rangers left powerless, Rita calls upon Tommy to make the ultimate sacrifice or risk Angel Grove’s survival.
Golly gosh darnit I really am enjoying this series. I never thought I’d end up a Power Rangers fan but what Kyle and Hendry are doing with this series is pretty amazing. The writing and the way the story unfolds in an almost epic fashion, the characterisation and the way they depict these teenagers learning a few life lessons and growing up is fantastic. Gone for me is what I perceive as the cheesy factor and it’s replaced by this traditional superhero team book that can hold it’s own with any featuring teenagers that has been done.
I like the opening with Bulk and Skull giving their viewership the update on what’s happening around the world with Rita’s forces. It’s a clever way to keep them in the story while keeping the reader informed of how her plans are going.
Then of course we’re off to the Moon where Tommy is fighting the Black Dragon, who happens to be thirty feet tall, while Jason is trying to help him get to the base to bust Billy out of limbo. We’re starting to see the turnaround in regards to Tommy’s place on this team, his commitment to the team and how one’s own choices can make all the difference. It doesn’t matter that Rita chose him as her instrument it’s what he’s doing now with the power she gave him that matters. It’s the kind of man he’s becoming and there’s a nice lesson in that. Becoming who you should be regardless of the circumstances that got you there.
I’m so incredibly impressed with the work Hendry does on the interiors here. The attention to detail is phenomenal. The use of page layouts through angles, perspective and the all important backgrounds really flesh out all these scenes and moments to the fullest potential. He’s able to demonstrate the action nicely as well as show off the emotions and feelings the characters have. The flow through the book is fantastic and he really elevates this past the show and hurls it into the real superhero comic book worldscape.
I do like that while the kids know Billy is the smartest among them that they can still come up with plans, ideas and try to implement things without him. It shows a broader range to them, most notably Trini, than saying they each have only one specialty. Knowledge is power after all and the more you know…. So seeing them come up with a way to use Tommy’s connection to the grid was nicely done as was how they figured out how to access that.
This might not make anyone watch the television show if they weren’t already a fan but it will change your mind about the comic and the franchise in general. There’s a real superhero book in this and it’s extremely well told through the writing and artwork.