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Review – Go Go Power Rangers #13 (BOOM! Studios)

Go Go Power Rangers 13
Go Go Power Rangers #13
Overall
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8/10
  • Writing - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Art - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Overall - 8/10
    8/10
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Summary

Writer: Ryan Parrott

Artist: Eleonora Carlini 

Colorist: Raúl Angulo

Letterer: Ed Dukeshire

Maturity Rating: Teen

Publisher: BOOM! Studios

Release: October 10, 2018

Rita has decided she must come to Earth to start her ultimate plan. That does not bode well for the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

 

New Beginnings in Go Go Power Rangers #13

 

Now that the “Shattered Grid” event has ended the Rangers try to get back to normal life. Well, as normal as the life of a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger can get. The gang once again battles one of Rita’s monsters but more things are going on. Billy’s dad buys him a “fixer upper” car (fans can guess what kind) and Trini notices Jason has been acting strangely. He is not training at Ernie’s juice bar before school and seems to be a little distant. Kimberly and Zack continue to try and help Matt who wants nothing to do with them anymore after he figured out they were Power Rangers. Plus being kidnapped by Rita and seeing future Kimberly probably didn’t help. Well, there is no rest for the teenagers with attitudes in Go Go Power Rangers #13, as Rita has a new nefarious plan up her sleeve.

Writing

I can’t say enough good things about Ryan Parrots writing in this Go Go Power Rangers series. I wasn’t too stoked about the crossing over with “Shattered Grid” but he made it work for the most part. Now that that is over he gets everything perfectly back on track with Go Go Power Rangers #13. He continues to somehow divide up enough time in a single issue to hit on key plots for every ranger and still push a bigger plot further along. Trini deals with her crush on Jason, Jason is dealing with his father’s ailing health, Billy tries to connect with his dad, Zack and Kimberly both have to deal with the loss as Matt as a friend. Then Parrott continues to push along a bigger story plot with Rita newest plan. It some really great scripting and I guess you would say “story management” by Parrott to fit all this in 20 something pages.

Go Go Power Rangers #13 hit a big nostalgia factor with me as well. The first episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers I remember seeing was the “Food Fight” episode and this issue plays out the ending to that episode perfectly. It was great and I loved every page of it. Oh, and yes they should use the “Power Blaster” more often (said six year old me quite often).

Art

Power Ranger Variant
Ranger variant
Credit: Miguel Mercado

Go Go Power Rangers #13 marks the first issue were Don Mora is not the regular artist. Artist Eleonora Carlini steps in and does a pretty good job. Carlini’s style is not super different than Moras. It still has a very animated feeling to it and having Raúl Angulo continue on colors also helps as well. The characters do not feel as “fluid” or dynamic as when Mora was on art. Billy and Kimberly’s faces look wat different which was a little shocking at first (especially Kimberly’s). 

Carlini does a fantastic job on the flashback pages. The younger Zack looks just about perfect. Carlini also does some great facial expressions throughout Go Go Power Rangers #13. The scenes with Trini and her mom talking are very well done by Carlini. There is also a very cool “Morphing” scene in this issue, I loved the way Carlini laid it out it is a very awesome one-page spread.

Conclusion

Ryan Parrott gets the story back on track in Go Go Power Rangers #13. I am still flabbergasted on how he gets everything into one issue. He brings up some key story points and leaves us on a fantastic cliffhanger as well. I hate to compare artist but this is the first issue without Dan Mora so it is hard not to. Eleonora Carlini has a great style that fits really well with the tone and feeling of Go Go Power Rangers, it just is not as charismatic or energizing as Mora’s. It is not bad art at all and I am sure after an issue or two it will feel more “at home”. Overall I am glad “Shattered Grid” is over and we are back to just following the early days of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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