POWER RANGERS #2 – Two New Series. Two New Teams. The UNLIMITED POWER ERA continues as the Power Rangers betray Zordon! A new cosmic threat is here and the all-new Power Rangers team will put it all on the line to stop it, even if it means trusting their mortal enemy Lord Drakkon. But as the new threat launches its first offensive against the Power Rangers, the question remains – will Drakkon act as friend or foe? After all, Drakkon always has a plan…
Do you remember the Power Rangers Lost Galaxy episode, ‘The Rescue Mission’? The one on a derelict ship that felt like the movie ‘Alien’ and less like a Power Rangers episode? Power Rangers Issue 2 feels exactly like that.
From the preview pages, you know something big is going down with Drakkon narrating and Jason seemingly in a pretty dire situation. I love stories that tease a future event and we see the actions leading up to it. The tension in this issue is very much like a horror movie. The story in this issue is NOT wrapped up by the end and is leading into a two-issue mini arc, both of which writer Ryan Parrott certainly teased in past interviews.
Each member of the Omega Rangers get their focus in this issue, including Drakkon, which feels more balanced than previous issues. This is another advantage of splitting the series, readers enjoy more focused interactions and story. And on the other side, writer Ryan Parrott is able to focus on Drakkon’s manipulations and their effects on the Omegas.
Artist Francesco Mortarino delivers with setting the feeling of a horror-based movie. With close-up shots, cramped quarters and extreme angles, the anxiety is palpable. This is enhanced with colors by Raúl Angulo using dark tones, contrasting shadows and a cooler color scheme.
With the Omegas going deeper into space as outlaws, issue two already feels like a rocky road for the team and Drakkon isn’t helping matters. I was already excited for this issue, and after reading it those feelings have already come back. There’s a cliffhanger, but I’m glad it’s only a month’s wait instead of two issues!
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