Go Go Power Rangers #1

Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Dan Mora
Colorist: Raúl Angulo
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Publisher: BOOM! Studios

A review by Anelise Farris

Go Go Power Rangers #1 CoverThe recent Power Rangers movie, and now this new comic series from BOOM, has me wishing I could still fit into the Kimberly costume I had growing up. Go Go Power Rangers #1 picks up shortly after Kimberly, Zack, Trini, Billy, and Jason first become Power Rangers. We are dropped right into the action as the group is getting used to their new roles. Despite all of the action in the beginning of the comic, there is plenty of humorous dialogue and friendly banter among the crew.

From the start, Go Go Power Rangers #1 does a great job of convincing readers that the creative team behind the comic not only knows these characters but also how to create a strong group dynamic. While the Power Rangers are a collective, what this comic does really well is devoting most of the pages to introducing us to the individual characters. We learn their full names, ages, likes and dislikes, as well as a favorite quote. I definitely relate with Billy who likes French press coffee and a perfect GPA, but doesn’t care so much for the beach. These fun facts give readers a personal story and a compelling starting point for anyone.

In case you were worried that it was all average high-school life after the first few pages of action, never fear—Rita Repulsa is here in all of her glamorous, evil glory. This time Rita has kidnapped a couple of astronauts with top-secret knowledge, and the Power Rangers are sent on a rescue mission. The panels in space or those set outside with a starry sky are stunning. Throughout the comic there is a gorgeous use of color—lots of blues and purples. Additionally, the linework in Go Go Power Rangers #1 is soft and warm, which helps to strengthen the intimate feel of the comic. Ultimately, this is a fun, thoughtful look at some of the most beloved 90s characters—sure to please both long-time fans and new devotees.

The Verdict
Buy it!
Unlike a lot of action-centered narratives, Power Rangers has always done an impressive job of having a diverse group of characters at its core—at 5 Kimberly and Trini showed me that I could be a girl and a badass warrior. Go Go Power Rangers #1 continues this trend by taking the time to build the stories of each of these characters, highlighting their strengths, their faults, and what makes them a unique part of the team.

Anelise Farris
farranel@isu.edu
I'm a doctor that specializes in folklore and mythology, speculative fiction, and disability studies. Basically, I'm a professional geek. When not researching or teaching, I read; I write; I yoga; I travel; I play with my fur babies; and, I watch way too many (if that's a thing) horror movies.

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