POWER RANGERS #3 – Two New Series. Two New Teams. The UNLIMITED POWER ERA continues as Drakkon is the key to the Power Rangers‘ new mission. But to defeat the new cosmic threat, the new Power Rangers team – Jason, Trini, Zack and new members – has put their faith in their greatest enemy. And the only way they may be able to save the universe is by giving Drakkon exactly what he wants…
Continuing the story from the previous issue, the Rangers must formulate and execute a plan to rid the Spectrum II of the HORRID. The Horrid, for lack of a better term, are space vampires. But with a twist, they are in a state of inter-dimensional phase shifting that makes some physical attacks impossible.
If this sounds like a bunch of Star Trek-like technobabble, you’d be right – Ryan Parrott previously wrote Star Trek comics. Here, it feels natural with the Omega Rangers and their deep space mission. Xi gets some much needed focus in this issue, bringing the Rangers together and helping put the plan into motion. If you were worried about the high emotions brewing these last few issues, don’t worry. At least by the end of this issue, the tension has died down between the Rangers.
There are a couple standout moments in this issue that we won’t spoil, but one is a direct homage and mirrors a key event in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Issue 25. It appears some things may never change…
Writer Ryan Parrott successfully delivers a tight 2-issue mini-arc that leaves the door open for this enemy to come back, if they choose to revisit them. The next couple of issues seem to be leaning towards exploring what happened with Drakkon many issues earlier from the end of Shattered Grid and how he escaped his prison. How Drakkon will work with the team, or not, to deal with the threat of the Empyreals remains to be seen. Hopefully, the next issues start dealing with that threat more directly. I hope that we see them make an appearance soon. Otherwise, their threat might start to feel diminished as the months go on.
As always, artist Francesco Mortarino continues his style from the later run of Go Go Power Rangers. He is adapting to a ship-based story with tight closeups of characters and a claustrophobic feeling between panels. This only adds to the feeling of tension in the issue. Colorist Raúl Angulo has a wonderful dark palette, with a lot of purples, reds and rich blacks. Combined, Francesco and Raúl complete the atmosphere set in Ryan Parrott’s story.
Overall, Power Rangers Issue 3 delivers a successful conclusion to this first mini-arc format. How this will play into the ongoing threat of the Empyreals remains to be seen.
Cover images below.