Review – Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #12 (BOOM! Studios)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Ryan Parrott
Artist: Dan Mora
Colours: Raúl Angulo
Lettering: Ed Dukeshire
Release Date: 1st August 2018

Event comics are a unique breed. They often have to work as a massive story worth paying extra for, a story big enough to have tie-ins and which still makes sense to those who have chosen to only read the main book. Which brings us to Shattered Grid, Kyle Higgins’ final massive Power Rangers story working as both a 25th Anniversary celebration and a swansong for Kyle’s run.

I bring this up because Go Go Power Rangers has been a tie-in since Shattered Grid started, and… well… it has felt a bit pointless. It’s not bad by any stretch of the imagination but it only exists to introduce The Ranger Slayer, who so far has had no impact on the story and seems to be here just to be used post-Shattered Grid.

Luckily though in issue 12 this has changed. The Ranger Slayer’s (it’s obvious from her design who it is but still, spoilers) plan comes into full effect, with the Rangers battling monsters that may be able to finally destroy them,  all the while an ally reaches his breaking point.

The issue with this book is that both nothing and everything goes on. Kimberly gets more good moments in this arc especially with The Ranger Slayer, but the only other things of note are a very cool fight featuring the Rangers and the Gravezord against two other monsters, the conclusion to Matt’s arc and something that The Ranger Slayer does that will probably become important in the conclusion to Shattered Grid.

I found this issue a llittle hard to review because of its complete lack of tension. I know the Rangers will eventually triumph against Drakkon, but the main book so far hasn’t pulled any punches to the point where I don’t know who will survive. The problem with Go Go Power Rangers on the other hand is the fact that it’s set before the Green Ranger saga, so I know everyone gets out of this okay.

I’m happy to say though Dan Mora’s art looks great. Cartoony but still serious. The characters are all very expressive and the Zords look great, if a little sleek for my taste.

At the end of the day, if you’re following the Shattered Grid event then this should be considered required reading. If you aren’t already on board though, you should probably consider skipping this – or at least waiting for the trade that will collect the whole of Shattered Grid, because while this is definitely an improvement on the rest of the arc, it’s still sorely lacking when you compare it to the much better Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series coming out in between these issues.

Rating: 2/5.


The writer of this piece was: Jonathan Mullen
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