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REVIEW: Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock

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Spoiler-free review: Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock delivers a fun ride for fans of all ages.

The three year journey to Saban’s Power Rangers movie has finally reached its end – as the highly anticipated film is in theaters now. And after all that waiting, the movie has come and go in what feels like the blink of an eye, leaving fans to wonder what’s next for both the film’s storyline, and the franchise’s future.

Enter Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock, the brand new comic published by Boom! Studios, written by Ryan Parrott with artwork by Lucas Werneck. The all-new comic continues the story of Saban’s Power Rangers movie immediately where it left moviegoers, taking readers through the next chapter in the exciting life of Jason, Billy, Zack, Trini, and Kimberly.

And while the story isn’t able to introduce Lord Zedd, Tommy Oliver, or any of the other juicy characters from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show that fans are anxiously awaiting, the story still provides readers with quite a fun ride. Let’s break it down.

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Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock artwork by Lucas Werneck.

Perhaps the most interesting part of Boom! Studios’ Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock comic, is it explores the aftermath of Goldar’s destruction. After all, a giant golden beast created from alien superpowers did just attack Angel Grove, and there’s more havock to be had.

Goldar isn’t the one causing the destruction anymore, but rather his remains are infecting other humans, creating new foes for the Power Rangers to battle. The story gives readers a fun look at two new characters to the Power Rangers universe, who quickly become obsessed with their desire for power, and their desire to use their evildoing to take down the Power Rangers.

It’s the first true test for the Power Rangers since Rita Repulsa returned to Earth, and it’s fun to see our colorful team of armored superheroes morph back into action along with their mighty Zords. Moviegoers who left the theater itching for more fight scenes and battle footage will have fun following the Power Rangers into their latest battle.

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Blue Ranger, Pink Ranger, and Putty artwork by Ryan Werneck.

One area Saban’s Power Rangers movie didn’t explore (simply because there wasn’t enough time), was the quirky relationships that exist between each of the individual Rangers. What kind of relationship do Billy and Zack share? How do Trini and Kimberly truly feel about one another? What does Zordon think of Jason’s leadership abilities?

Boom! Studios’ newest story touches on all of that, as readers get another look at our new beloved team of heroes interacting in ways the film hasn’t had a chance to explore yet. Whether in training, in school, or in the midst of battle, the story lets readers see these intricate characters evolve even further, not just with one another, but with their fearless mentor Zordon.

Among the highlights includes Jason’s ability (or inability) to lead the team in battle in a way that maximizes each of his teammates’ strength. Are they a legitimately cohesive unit taking down bad guys, or are they winning battles strictly on luck? Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock touches on all of that in an entertaining way.

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Zack and Putty artwork by Ryan Werneck.

The story also takes readers into the life of an Angel Grove citizen following Rita Repulsa’s large-scale attack. How are people coping with a massive alien invasion having just struck their small, quaint hometown?

Law enforcement comes into play, government officials come into play, and not everyone is convinced that the newest superhero faction on the scene is a force of good. Think of a plot similar to Captain America: Civil War. When a team of teenagers, suddenly entrusted with compelling superpowers land on Earth, how will the government react? How should they react? Boom! Studios’ Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock answers those questions, as it hits shelves on March 29.

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Villain artwork by Ryan Werneck.

All in all, Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock isn’t exactly a sequel moviegoers are desperately awaiting, but it was never supposed to be. The story is both enjoyable, and adventurous, as it gives readers a look at the immediate aftermath of our brand new teenagers with attitude becoming armor-clad superheroes.

With new characters, the exploration of deeper relationships, and more world building potential, Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock delivers a fun ride for readers of all ages.

FINAL SCORE: 7/10

Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock releases on March 29, 2017. Click here to buy the comic on Amazon. Saban’s Power Rangers movie is in theaters now.

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