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Go Go Power Rangers #26

Writers: Ryan Parrott and Sina Grace
Artist: Francesco Mortarino
Inker: Raul Angulo
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: December 11th, 2019

“Necessary Evil” continues to be the best storyline in comics in spite of fighting against established television continuity.

A Historic Battle for the Rangers in Go Go Power Rangers #26

Go Go Power Rangers #26 is another brilliant chapter in “Necessary Evil”. The Red Ranger is at a crossroads between the blue emissary and his closest friends. Tommy struggles to obtain the white light, and a classic Power Rangers monster appears within the pages. Ryan Parrott and Sina Grace deliver a heart-stopping issue. The issue is split between battles on two fronts; however, no punches are pulled for a single page. “Necessary Evil” continues to be the best storyline in comics in spite of fighting against established television continuity. The Power Rangers stand on the cusp of new ground as a whole.

Writing

Go Go Power Rangers #26 (BOOM Studios) cover A by JLou
Go Go Power Rangers #26 (BOOM! Studios) cover A by JLou

Parrott and Grace continue to seamlessly weave their way between episodes of Power Rangers and its deep lore. They do so with an ease that is almost impossible to imagine; however, that is clearly far from a negative. The writing duo manages to give arguably the two most popular characters in the series, Jason and Tommy, fresh legs and rope to climb with the current story. Jason faces a bold new direction as a leader and furthermore as a friend. Parrott and Grace use Jason’s plight to also deepen the relationship he has with his teammates, specifically Trini and Zack. Tommy’s journey back to being a Ranger is a welcome plot to the story. Even though he has been defeated, the presence of Lord Drakkon looms large. This makes the ensuing battle between Tommy, Saba, and Lord Zedd all the more enticing.

Art

Francesco Mortarino is a name I am not familiar with on these books. In this introduction to his work, he carries the ball like prime Bo Jackson with this stunning issue. Raul Angulo‘s colors are eye-popping in the best ways and don’t do Mortarino’s pencils any sort of disservice. There are a number of standout panels, and Angulo gives them a certain depth with his work on the colors. The scene that receives the most love on the art end has to be Lord Zedd’s appearance at the tower of light. Zedd’s presence gives an almost cinematic experience to the entire scene, and the art team elevates the material to a level above even the original series. Mortarino is a welcome addition to the Power Ranger’s creative team, one that helps serve Parrott and Grace’s page-turning story in the best way possible. 

Overall

Go Go Power Rangers #26 is a hard-hitting page-turner. Parrott and Grace are guiding the Rangers in rare air even with the steady weight of continuity to write against. Tommy and Jason are used well as the emotional foils and proxies to the reader. As they were during their time together in the series, they serve as the driving forces behind this issue and the “Necessary Evil” event. While it may not be new ground for this pair to be at the forefront, Parrott and Grace do them justice from an emotional and character standpoint. The art is one-of-a-kind, and the colors are as engaging as you will find in any top-tier title on the shelves today. “Necessary Evil” is delivering across the board, and Go Go Power Rangers #26 is a must-pick-up installment.


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