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Review – Go Go Power Rangers: Forever Rangers #1 (BOOM! Studios)

Saban's Go Go Power Rangers Forever Rangers #1 (BOOM Studios) variant cover (detail) by Gurihiru
Go Go Power Rangers: Forever Rangers #1
Overall
7.9/10
7.9/10
  • Writing - 7.8/10
    7.8/10
  • Art - 8/10
    8/10
  • Overall - 7.9/10
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Summary

Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artists: Eleonora Carlini w/ Ink Assit by Simona Di Gianfelice (pg 3-13, 17-24, 33-40) & Francesco Mortarino (pg 1-2, 14-16, 25-32)
Colorist: Raul Angulo
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Release Date: June 19, 2019

The Rangers must escape Alpha 1’s trap before he destroys Zordon, and Rita Repulsa may have finally found the secret to releasing the power of the green Power Coin!

 

Bringing the First Year to A Close With Go Go Power Rangers: Forever Rangers #1

It is time to bring the first year of the Power Rangers to a close in Go Go Power Rangers: Forever Rangers #1 oversized one-shot. The Power Rangers have been through a lot and they are not catching a break anytime soon. They are trapped by Alpha 1 with no escape, as the nefarious robot looks to exact his revenge on Zordon. Meanwhile, up on the moon, Rita continues interrogate her mother’s spirit to unlock the secrets of the green Power Coin. Will the Rangers be able to stop Alpha 1? Can Rita finally figure out the secrets of the green Power Coin, and what will it cost her? Will Jason make it to the big karate tournament? You won’t want to miss this issue!

Writing

Saban's Go Go Power Rangers Forever Rangers #1 (BOOM Studios) main cover by Dan Mora
Go Go Power Rangers: Forever Rangers #1 (BOOM! Studios) main cover by Dan Mora

Ryan Parrott has done a phenomenal job with this Go Go Power Rangers series. He made this series into a must-read comic book, transforming characters that were somewhat one-dimensional into well-rounded, actual people. Parrott developed their home lives, childhoods, and gave them nuanced characteristics the show never could have. He had wonderful A, B, and C plots throughout. Forever Rangers #1 is a great end to the “first season” of Go Go Power Rangers.

It ends the first year of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in some strong emotional ways. Parrott has always done a great job of getting us emotionally invested in these characters and this story, and it shines through in this issue. It puts a nice cap on some story lines and opens up some new avenues for developing ones, and adds some new dynamics to the group as well.

That all being said, the whole Alpha 1 fight did feel a little rushed. I am not sure exactly what it was about it. That whole part just didn’t feel like it flowed well with the rest of the story. 

Art

Eleonora Carlini, w/ink assist by Simona Di Gianfelice, continues to do a wonderful job in Forever Rangers #1. I think this may be Carlini’s last issue; the art pages are shared with Francesco Mortarino and it looks like he is taking over with Go Go Power Rangers #21. Which maybe why the whole Alpha-1 part of the story didn’t feel like it flowed completely well: because of the sharing of the art pages. Not that any of it is bad, just that story- and structure-wise it, again, felt a little off at times.

I will really miss Carlini on this series. She had such a great dynamic style. I didn’t think anyone could come in after Dan Mora after the first 12-issue. But Carlini exceeded my expectations with some truly delightful character work and some really stunning panel layouts and structures throughout her tenure on Go Go Power Rangers. Again, in Forever Rangers #1 Carlini gets to show off her wonderful style one more time with a fantastic zord battle.

Conclusion

Go Go Power Rangers: Forever Rangers #1 puts an end to this first season of Go Go Power Rangers. It looks like after this the events of Shattered Grid will greatly affect this series, with issue #21 coming up. Like I have stated in previous reviews, I don’t follow the other Power Rangers series. Honestly, I don’t really care for the Power Rangers besides nostalgic childhood memories. That was, until I picked up this series. I really just loved Ryan Parrott’s take on these Rangers and the stories he has developed throughout the first issue. He kind of proved that we don’t need a “dark, edgy” reboot of the Power Rangers. We just needed to add some fantastic stories and plots to them. This could really make a fantastic reboot show that kids and adults could enjoy (Netflix: get on it!).

I am sure Parrot will continue to develop his ongoing stories and keep the focus on building these characters, but I can say that I am a little sad. I am going to miss just hanging out with these five “original” Power Rangers. These were the characters I grew up with and Parrott transformed them in amazing ways. I wouldn’t mind having another 20 issues just following them until we caught up with other series. But things must change and go on. Plus I have all the old issues to look back on, with some beautiful artwork.


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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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