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Review – Go Go Power Rangers #21 (BOOM! Studios)

Go Go Power Rangers #21
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Summary

Writer: Ryan Parrott & Sina Grace

Artist: Francesco Mortarino w/ ink assist by Vincenzo Federici (pg 2, 5, 10, 11, 14, 18)

Colorist: Raul Angulo

Letterer: Ed Dukeshire

Maturity Rating: Teen

Publisher: BOOM! Studios

Release Date: July 10, 2019

Necessary Evil starts in Go Go Power Rangers #21 as the events of Shattered Grid have changed everything.

 

Go Go Power Rangers #21 – “Necessary Evil” 

Go Go Power Rangers #21 starts off year two after “Arrival Day” and the “Necessary Evil” event. After “Shattered Grid” the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers have been changed, whether they remember it or not. The team tries to gather their pieces as Lord Zed continues to send monsters down and Tommy’s Green Ranger power begins to fade away. The team struggles to keep Tommy in balance while the events of “Shattered Grid” start to hit home.

Writing

GO GO POWER RANGERS #21 CVR A
Go Go Power Rangers #21 Cover A by Amelia Vidal

Well, I guess this is the issue of Go Go Power Rangers that I had been dreading; when our original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers “year one” caught up to BOOM! Studios ongoing Mighty Morphin’ Power Ranger series. If you have been following my reviews of the series (all issues 1-20 can be found here) then you know I have been loving Parrott’s take on the original Rangers and their first year as Rangers. He developed such good characters and interesting storylines throughout it. I knew this day would eventually come and now it is here in Go Go Power Rangers #21.

I don’t follow any of the other Power Rangers books so this issue caught me by a big surprise with the time jump. Lord Zed, Tommy, and a bunch of other things just kind of are there. We also just get thrust into a date with Kimberly and Tommy. It was all a little shocking for me.

Which I guess makes for an odd review for the issue as it has a lot to do with the other series that I don’t follow. I mean if you follow the other series and are really into Power Rangers then I guess this is cool, but if you are like me and cared about what Parrott was doing with Go Go Power Rangers; the small family plots he had going on; the attention he gave to characters and their lives; then this issue felt very different. I feel like a lot of stuff happening in Go Go Power Rangers has been lost to charge into this connection with the other series and into a bigger “event” type story. Go Go Power Rangers #21 felt like it lost that little “charm” it had with the characters.

Art

The art in Go Go Power Rangers #21 is a bit of a let down as well. Francesco Mortarino does a serviceable job but it is nowhere near as dynamic or exciting as Eleonora Carlini or Dan Mora; which they did put a high watermark on the series. It is a good cartooning style and overall fits well with the series but compared to the artist that came before it is just not visually exciting. The faces and bodies of the main characters just feel off or odd at times. The action scenes also do not have that nice sense of energy or flow that Mora and Carlini brought to the series. They just feel kind of stiff and boring

The Thunder Megazord does look fantastic though! Mortarino gives the hulking Megazord a nice sleek look and feel to it that is great. I also do love the non-human characters. Lord Zed, Baboo and Squat all look delightfully cartoonish and creepy at the same time. The monster design is also fantastic as well. Mortarino catches these non-human characters perfectly and they work great with his style. It is just that the human Rangers just do not look good. The facial acting and body positioning overall just looks odd and out of place in most scenes.

Conclusion

I may be being a little too overly harsh on Go Go Power Rangers #21, but man I really loved this series. Now if you are very invested in the “Shattered Grid” event or are just really into Power Rangers lore you might love this issue; and if that is your thing that is cool and you may have a completely different opinion on this issue. For me, who just really loved what Parrott was doing with Go Go Power Rangers on its own not connecting to anything, I just don’t care about what is going on in this issue. The art also just isn’t up to par to what the series has been delivering either. It is not terrible, just definitely a step-down.

Honestly, the writing itself is not bad, this issue just does not offer what I loved about the series. I just wanted to continue with what was happening in Go Go Power Rangers from the start. But, I mean obviously, that can’t go on forever. Which is okay; I got twenty awesome issues of some lovely storytelling and art and not everything has to be for me. Hopefully hardcore Power Rangers fans dig this and enjoy! So the score could be higher for Power Rangers fans or people really into the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers comic. For me, I think it is time to “Morph” out of the series.


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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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