Comic Book Review: Go Go Power Rangers #2
All superheros need a good origin, and Go Go Power Rangers starts us at a stage in these teen’s lives where they have to understand just what they are getting themselves into. The team explores the added everyday benefits and drawbacks of being a teenager with Morphin powers which are the story details you don’t overlook when wanting a deeper investment in their world. What can and can’t be explained matters when the books give you more room to flesh out every aspect of their lives.
Go Go Power Rangers #2 does just this when jumping into the personal lives of these Rangers during a big transitional period. An interesting thing to do for this issue only because we are starting this off at a different point in time. Like the first issue, shifting the focus to a girl like Kimberly was the smart move. She is a Ranger who has a lot going on in her personal life. Especially before becoming a Power Ranger with the added responsibility. What would normally make you cringe from the average teen experience was actually quite humorous when Kimberly goes through all the same things any other girl would who is into another guy and on a date. I will admit that Kimberly in the first issue frustrated me because of her choice in priorities, but they quickly remedied this by showing the struggle that is hard to ignore when you are hurting those you care about by simply being a Ranger.
The time was also taken to get into a few others who we don’t see enough of their outside lives. It mattered getting an understanding of how hard it is to not tell your parents about the thing that is probably making them worry most about you when you aren’t home. I know my parents would worry their heads off, so it was fitting to see at least one of them going through the same experience.
With that said, none of what scene this issue started on makes you forget that presently the Rangers are still caught in combat with Rita Repulsa and her goons. The fight didn’t quite end how you thought it might, but it is what the confrontation sets up that you pay attention to more. What is again appreciated about Go Go Power Rangers is that they aren’t wasting the opportunity to show what it i like to be a Ranger during the early days. That means figuring out if all this that they signed up for is worth it, if putting their trust in Zordon can really be a thing, and what they are willing to sacrifice in order to do the right thing. This also included the tension of this group of teens working together. There are clearly things they would all have to get used to about each other and it starts here.
There isn’t too much in the way of plot development, but what they do here with Rita s notable when she is thinking outside the box for how to take down the Rangers. There are times when her ideas will lack imagination, but this isn’t one of them and hopefully won’t be too much of a thing down the road. On the other hand, what you take most from where the Rangers are at right now is the learning experience. Nothing beats that period where they are figuring out what they are capable of. I mean you should never assume that you simply give teens powers and they suddenly know what to do with them without instruction. Lucky that we have a creative team here who is leaving no stones unturned.
After this issue I can definitely say that this art team is right for the job. As I’ve pointed out before, with a book like this quality matters when it comes to the interior artwork. The covers never cease to impress, but it is just as important for the artwork to carry you through to the end. Dan Mora is a detailed penciler and just what you need to match an action-packed story, as well as one that is personal. One thing I didn’t mention before that grabbed my attention was the way he renders their costumes. If there is one thing anyone tends to have to sell you on most, it is the appearance of the Rangers considering they are wearing spandex and tights. Between him and Raul Angulo on colors they really put the effort into making the it feels more like a suit whether it was the textures, or things that didn’t cling to their bodies. The same goes for characters like Goldar and even the puddy monsters. Aside from that, the work that goes into the Rangers in their personal lives is solid. Strong and expressive reactions you notice more when there is a lot of drama to deal with all around. The hair for each character is distinct as well between the direction it sits and moves in, and the balance of color so that it doesn’t look like just a blob on their heads. The best that they deliver is the scene where thy are seeing just what they are capable of. It’s not enough to say they are strong and fast, you have to be able to show it which they did very well through greater feats of strength.
Go Go Power Rangers #2 got creative in the way this creative team decided they wanted to build up these characters. We see them working up to the day when they become Rangers, and it is a great contrast to the current struggles they are going through while adjusting to this new way of life. Nothing is easy for them and the fun is in getting to that point where this is at the very least manageable.