Boom! Studios has been doing remarkable work with the Power Rangers franchise over the last year, with two ongoing series that have brought depth to the property while also establishing its value as an independent superhero universe. While the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers series pushes the spectacular superhero elements, Go Go Power Rangers delves deeper into the personal lives of the five teammates, revealing how they juggled their new superhuman responsibilities with the stress of teenage life in their earliest days as Power Rangers. Written by Ryan Parrott with art by Dan Mora and colors by Raúl Angulo, Go Go Power Rangers is a compelling teen soap with fantasy elements, and the attention to character and slick, dynamic artwork make it one of the best licensed comics in recent memory.
The Power Rangers line is currently in the midst of the “Shattered Grid” crossover, and both titles are intersecting as every iteration of the rangers is put in danger. The timeline has been shattered into a grid of alternate universes for each different group of rangers—and if you follow the TV series, you know that’s a lot—and the evil Lord Drakkon is sending his troops to take out the individual teams. He’s taking care of the original Mighty Morphin’ heroes by sending an assassin to their past, and this exclusive preview of next week’s Go Go Power Rangers #9 has the rangers coming face-to-face with a grizzled new Pink Ranger, who wears a modified version of her costume from the excellent MMPR: Pink miniseries.
Dan Mora is the total package when it comes to comic-book artists, and his work features detailed environments, animated characters, nuanced emotional storytelling, and powerful, dynamic action. He reached superstar status with his work on Klaus with Grant Morrison, but having an ongoing assignment has pushed him to refine his artwork so he can meet the demands of a monthly schedule. Angulo’s color palette often uses muted shades for the backgrounds to make the brightly colored rangers pop in the panel, and he’ll whip out bold accent colors to highlight action beats, like the new Pink Ranger kicking Goldar in the collarbone. This is a very good-looking book, and as the scope of “Shattered Grid” expands, this art team has the opportunity to increase the scope of the visuals.