This review for Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #9 from BOOM! Studios is SPOILER-FREE. The issue goes on sale May 2, 2018.
The Ranger Slayer is here!
After leaving readers with the shocking debut of the universe’s newest Power Ranger, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers wastes no time in bringing this mysterious new character into the spotlight.
Is she on the Rangers’ side? Is she on Rita Repulsa’s side? What exactly is she doing in present day Angel Grove? Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #9 answers all those questions, while opening new questions for readers to ponder.
And while it’s no secret that the Ranger Slayer is an alternate-reality version of Kimberly Hart, fans of the original Pink Ranger will be taken aback by the character’s radical new look – and we’re not talking from a morphed perspective.
By combining mystery with action with one of the most epic debuts in Power Rangers history, the Ranger Slayer brings a fresh new element to BOOM! Studios’ comic book universe, and we can’t wait to see where it goes next.
While the Ranger Slayer certainly proves to be the issue’s primary highlight, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #9 also stays true to the elements that have made the comic book series a rousing success – the gripping relationships of its characters.
Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #9 takes the personal struggles of our heroes to new levels, as the Power Rangers’ parents get involved – very involved. While the mothers and fathers of our beloved heroes have made appearances in previous issues, never before has it been so personal. Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #9 takes the franchise to depths it has truly never explored before. Readers will be shocked to see a Power Rangers story take on very sensitive subjects that cripple so many readers in real life.
Writer Ryan Parrott should be commended to the highest degree for bringing such honest authenticity to the Power Rangers universe. It’s fresh, bold, and captivating all at the same time.
The comic wouldn’t be complete without astonishing artwork from Artist Dan Mora. The Ranger Slayer’s debut feels incredibly epic because of Mora’s stunning artwork. The hard-hitting action becomes palpabale to readers because of Mora’s sensational drawings. And the Ranger Slayer, both morphed and unmorphed, proves to be as stunning and she is dangerous because of Mora’s striking designs.
The only knock against Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #9 is often forgetting that it falls under the SHATTERED GRID umbrella. Perhaps it’s because SHATTERED GRID has become synonymous with legions of teams from Power Rangers’ 25-year history joining forces, a direction Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #9 doesn’t explore.
Still, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #9 is a success in every sense of the word, and a remarkably solid addition into BOOM! Studios’ slate of Power Rangers comics.
FINAL SCORE: 9/10
The personal struggles of our heroes open the book with a boom, while the Ranger Slayer drops the bomb as Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #9 combines fast-paced action, thrilling secrecy, and a fresh new feel in one of BOOM! Studios’ best Power Rangers comics to date.