Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Simone Di Meo, Alessio Zonno, French Carlomagna, Francesco Mortarino
Colours: Walter Baiamonte, French Carlomango
Lettering: Ed Dukeshire
Release Date: 28th November 2018
Trapped in a galaxy far away, with no Zords, no mentor and only six working Morphers, our ragtag team of Power Rangers could not be in a bleaker situation. With their power stolen, our six Rangers were able to hunt down the mysterious Solar Ranger, and she and her friend Remi are now with the Rangers. But will she side with our Rangers in the long run? And even if she does, what else is tracking our heroes and will it end up killing them all?
Since it started I haven’t stopped praising this new arc. Hell, BOOM! even included some of my gushing on a press release praising issue #31 so it gives me no small amount of pleasure to say that this is yet another wonderful issue.
Series writer Marguerite Bennett starts to fill in the blanks here as the Solar Ranger’s origins are revealed. We get our first bits of information about our new big bad and the stakes are made clear. I’ve said it a few times before, but it’s still impressive the way Bennett delivers all this necessary exposition while still keeping the main strengths of the series at the forefront. This is a story that works because it’s driven by characters. Andros (Red Space Ranger) worrying about his sister and his determination to never submit to evil, and a quiet moment between Heckyl (The Dark Ranger) and Kimberly (The Ranger Slayer) bonding over their dark pasts are particular highlights here (although the great Mike/Tanya romance subplot gets some panels to itself).
I guess we’ve reached that point in the review for me to praise the hell out of Simone Di Meo for their work here. Joined by French Carlomango and Francesco Mortarino, the art here is simply magnificent. It’s also still impressive the way the art effects the story. In my review of issue 32 I said, “Everything feels unstable from the Ranger’s situation to their powers so the odd stutter effect some of the Rangers have while morphed really works”, and Bennett actually explains that here in a way that both makes sense and makes the artwork somehow even more effective.
Carlomango and Mortarino handle their work very well here with a flashback which manages to be both beautiful and terrifying in places as we see just how messed up the Solar Ranger’s past is. Carlomango’s use of colour on their pages makes things seem alien and disturbing, and Walter Baiamonte brings things home again, adding to Di Meo’s work with the darkness of this cold, unfeeling universe being represented with muted colours, and the only thing to break it up being the scraps of Morphin Grid energy scattered across this world. Thematically the art enhances what was already great into something truly sublime.
Just pick this up. If you haven’t jumped on at issue #31 then do so immediately. The writing and the art are some of the best in the industry right now and it’s all going into a Power Rangers story that might even top Shattered Grid. Read it.
The writer of this piece was: Jonathan Mullen
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