Go Go Power Rangers #3
Written by Ryan Parrott
Art by Dan Mora
Colors by Raul Angulo
Letters by Ed Dukeshire
Review by John Dubrawa
There’s so much happening in Go Go Power Rangers #3 that I had to double-check that this wasn’t an extra-sized issue. It’s not. Writer Ryan Parrott just manages to get a lot of mileage out of this one, regular-sized issue, which is the best one of the series so far. While Parrott does push the plot forward in a significant way with the introduction of a new villain, he also doubles-down on the character interactions that have made this series so great. There’s even some insight into the actions of the freaking school bullies, Bulk and Skull. I’m telling you, this comic has a lot go-go-ing on.
I’m liking this trend of each issue opening on a quiet character moment. Last month we got to sit it on a hilariously awkward date between Kimberly and Matt (that guy is doomed, right?!) and this time around it’s a flashback to Billy as a boy playing space zombie pirates with a neighborhood friend. It’s interactions like this that help Parrott define these characters, and it’s this constant building upon those characters that is helping to make this series so wonderful. Even silly stuff like Zach’s complaints over his lack of Twitter followers compared to the Rangers’ official account, is helping to give these characters more life beyond their costumes. And the fact that Trini starts a program to clean up the debris left by the Rangers’ first battle demonstrates more heroics than punching a monster in the face ever will.
Artist Dan Mora continues to be the absolute perfect choice for this series. He’s given a lot to do and handles it all just as well as expected. Whether he’s capturing the fun and flirty interactions between Jason and Trini or depicting the new wicked female villain who emerges, Mora hits all the right notes. His action is kinetic and explosive while the aforementioned quieter moments are full of a lot of emotion and energy. Raul Angulo’s colors fit perfectly with Mora’s art, creating a book that’s just as whimsical as the show we all remember but with a crisp, cool coating that brings it to our era. And no, not a “how do you do, fellow kids?” cool. The art team makes this book actually cool.
Buy! Have I used “go go buy this book” as a bad pun yet? Either way, this third issue of Go Go Power Rangers is the best one of the bunch, so if you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, it’s not like you weren’t going to pick this up, right? If you haven’t yet jumped on board, the series is still relatively young enough that you can go back and make up for that mistake.