The Power Rangers remain true to form as they begin their next battle against Rita. One that has them seeing things in a new shade.
Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #12
Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Eleonora Carlini
Colors: Raúl Angulo
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist (Ranger Variant): Miguel Mercado
Cover Artist (Pre-Order): Audrey Mok
Cover Artist (Movie Variant): Natacha Bustos
Pre-Order & Movie Variant Cover Design: Dylan Todd
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Original Review Date: October 13, 2018
After the events of Shattered Grid, reality was rebuilt by the future Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Causing their past selves to return to their lives. Drakkon may be gone, but Rita is not and has a new plan. One that leaves Jason & Trini trapped in an alien place using the others powers…
This issue keeps doing what it’s been doing well in developing the Rangers as characters. Trini and her blossoming romance with Jason taking center stage in particular. We get foreshadowing for Billy’s car the RadBug and reminder of Jason taking time to aid his sick father. Matt continues to give the Rangers the cold shoulder which is probably one of the more standout moments in the issue despite how simple it is. At the end of Shattered Grid we were told how even if they lost their memories, things couldn’t be returned to how they once were. In this case, Matt still remembers seeing the unmasked Ranger Slayer and feels betrayed by them keeping their secret.
While we have a different artist this time around they actually do a great job of staying close Dan Mora’s art style so it’s not a jarring shift. One change it does make that works out is the Rangers seem slightly younger looking. Zack & Kimberly in particular gain from this while the others stay fairly similar to previous appearances. Rita gets more dramatic lighting fitting for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers though naturally not to the same extent.
Before we get to the new concepts, we get to see the Power Blaster make its first appearance which is a nice piece of nostalgia and one of the cooler pages to enjoy. Now, one of the new things Go Go Power Rangers does take place at the end of the issue with Jason & Trini swapping powers. While this is a gimmick in Ressha Sentai ToQger, we never see Rangers swap colors. Especially when it’s not done by choice. Seeing Trini in Red & Jason in Yellow is visually interesting and leaves you curious what other color swaps we’ll get…you know…so long as you didn’t see the promo art and covers that already told us…
This is a particularly lighter hearted issue. Both in tone and actual art style. Something that should stick to Mighty Morphin. Though given how the latest Mighty Morphin came out, taking some cues from its darker tone and look is somewhat welcome.