Go Go Power Rangers #18: Ripples from the Past

Written by Ryan Parrott
Art by Eleonora Carlini
Colors by Raul Angulo
Letters by Ed Dukeshire

Just when I think I know where Ryan Parrott is taking this series, he throws a curve ball at me. With Go Go Power Rangers being set in the past of the main series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the story seemed to only be going in one direction, but Ryan Parrott knows how to write one hell of a back story for characters who readers actually care about.

The issue opens with how Alpha 1 came to be, in the midst of a Zordon flashback. A very interesting concept considering most of reiterations of Zordon’s past see him as a Ranger of the past, but instead here he seems mild mannered, almost an adviser of some sort. We jump to the present where we see Alpha 1 giving orders to the Rangers on how to defeat a monster. At this point the Rangers seem to still be on the fence on if they should trust this robot, mainly because this is their first encounter. We see a small exchange between Alpha 1 and Alpha 5 and see the radical changes in their characteristics, and very clearly it is seen for what Ryan Parrott may have planned in the future.

The “B” plot shows Rita summoning (Spoilers) with some sort of spell. It’s here we see Rita acting almost human. Caring, sentimental, and loving. Rita is seeking the secrets to the Power Coin she now has possession of (go read the last arc if you want to know how she got it.). Rita got the information she needs and quickly summons her lackeys in order to (spoilers). (Spoilers) finds that Rita played them and is quick to fight in the defense of Rita’s plans, it was almost heartbreaking, but what did you expect from an evil witch named Rita Repulsa?

This issue was fun, it was dramatic, and it definitely has my money. There was only a few nitpicks here and there throughout the issue that took me out of the story. The fling Trini and Jason had last arc is lingering here and caused Jason to get hit in the beginning battle. I feel like this relationship needs to either not be a thing, or wait until Ryan needs a filler arc to help the two characters flesh that out. Another minor nitpick was one or two panels just not having consistent art. Eleonora is a great artist, and looks very similar to Dan Mora who was previously on this title. There’s just some panels in these last issues that seem a tad bit rushed but over all didn’t ruin the story for me.

I may seem like I’m beating a dead horse here, but the inevitable ending to this series is very obvious, but I’m glad Ryan Parrott knows how to expand on a universe most fans thought they knew all about. I’m excited to see what Parrott has in store for the series, now knowing he will be taking control of both Power Ranger titles in May of this year. It’s been 6 months since Shattered Grid and our first look at Tommy Oliver in the Go Go Power Rangers title. It seems like a good time as any to bring him back and to hopefully get a great re-imagining of the famous “Green with Evil” story.

8/10

You can get your copy of Go Go Power Rangers #18 at your local comic book shop or online at the BOOM! Studios website.