Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Danielle Di Nicuolo
Colours: Walter Baiamonte
Lettering: Ed Dukeshire
Release Date: 15th August 2018
This is it. Lord Drakkon, an evil Tommy Oliver from another world has returned and has begun an attack on every Power Ranger in existence. Many have been captured and some have not made it out alive, but with Drakkon on the verge of completing his goal every Ranger, Zord and ally left have come together for one last daring attack on Drakkon’s fortress. But will Zordon, the personification of good, make a deal with the devil in order to defeat an enemy that threatens all existence?
Ever since Shattered Grid was announced, it has proven to be an absolute delight to read. As a 25th anniversary story, this is nothing short of spectacular. Drakkon is easily the greatest creation from Power Rangers in the last 10 years, and following his story has been amazing. This book truly feels like an event as the entire franchise is represented. Every team gets a moment, and nobody feels left out.
This penultimate issue in particular has some amazing character moments along with probably the greatest fight scene the franchise will ever see. Getting to see the original five deal with all the things that has happened to them truly builds a connection with the reader and this event shows why after 25 years, Power Rangers is still on the air.
The art for this issue comes from Daniele Di Nicuolo, and… It’s brilliant. While these are clearly Di Nicuolo’s stylised takes on the actors, they all look great and every character is well-detailed. More than that, this issue allows Di Nicuolo to show his gift for scale. There are panels in this book which literally had my jaw open. Dozens of Rangers and Zords fighting in a battle so large it dwarfs The Legendary Battle from Super Megaforce. The art in this book is nothing less than epic.
In the end, Shattered Grid might be the best story in the history of this franchise, simply because it shows off Power Rangers at its best. The larger-than-life characters, the amazing fight scenes, and, especially here, probably the best villain in Power Rangers history. If you haven’t read it, then do so immediately because you will not find a book that better understands these characters. Every character has their time to shine; Kimberly, Zordon and Jason especially get great moments in this issue. Plus we have an ending so shocking that we aren’t even allowed to read it yet.
I simply can’t recommend this book more than I already have, and I absolutely cannot wait to see how this story ends.
The writer of this piece was: Jonathan Mullen
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