By Kyle Higgins, Hendry Prasetya, Matt Herms, Ed Dukeshire, Steve Orlando, Corin Howell, Jeremy Lawson, Jim Campbell
Tommy and Jason go to the Moon and back, but will that be enough to save Billy and regain their powers?Higgins continues his smart pacing and characterization; with a captive Goldar and Billy tensely discussing their imprisonment along with the Rangers racing the clock before Rita Repulsa starts her attack on Earth with the rangers very own Zords.
Hendry Prasetya’s art here is pretty spectacular, with the epic fight between Black Dragon and a zordless Tommy. Even the scene with Rita Repulsa chastising Black Dragon while Finster installed a new arm made me chuckle and was just as engrossing as a single Power Ranger fighting a giant Kaiju monster.
Higgins’ plot is getting a little weighed down by all the technical aspects of the Rangers’ powers; the Morphin grid, the dark dimension, etc. The reveal on the final page would’ve been a bit more surprising if I wasn’t also reading the Pink miniseries. However, try as I might, I can’t find fault with this issue. Action, comedy, heart; it’s all there. Even the Bulk and Skull backup made me guffaw since it was mercifully shorted to the right amount; somehow them pulling a Festivus style protest to save a sandwich named after them feels like a better use of them instead of trying to show up the Power Rangers.
Maybe its the lack of excitement instilled by the Power Rangers movie, but this issue felt much stronger than I was expecting. I’m still hoping for a less Tommy-centric story, but it’s current arc is progressing nicely and the stakes don’t feel too outlandish for a story involving teenage superheroes and giant robots. I’m looking forward to the next issue, even a few more pages of Orlando and company’s Bulk and Skull stories.
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