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Power Rangers #3: Here There Be Dragonzords

Written by Tyler Kes on Wednesday, May 18 2016 and posted in Reviews

Power Rangers #3: Here There Be Dragonzords

Oh no, they say he's got to go, go go Dragonzord!

Source: Boom! Studios

Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Hendry Prasetya
Colors: Matt Herms
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Published by Boom! Studios

Raise your hand if you guessed when Boom! announced that it was going to be publishing a new Power Rangers series that it would tackle PTSD in its first three issues! Ok, now that we have the liars out of the way, let's take a look at the issue. It picks up after the last one left off, with Zordon and the other Rangers finally getting in on Tommy's visions, not because he comes out and tells them, but because of an interesting medical scan. I like the way that writer Kyle Higgins is giving all of the Rangers roles and identities beyond "he's the smart guy, he's the cool one, etc." From my admittedly spotty memory of the old TV show, I don't really recall much about Trini, but it looks like Higgins is setting her up to be the team's medical go-to, which is cool because it means the Rangers might get more hurt than just sending a spark shower into the air when they get hit. I don't want to come across as bloodthirsty, but it is nice to know that there are some stakes.

The decision to hold off on telling the other rangers about his visions also comes back around to bite Tommy in the form of strengthening Zack and Jason's arguments about trusting him. I mean, they do have some valid points; it's not like they really know the guy, and from a writer's perspective, a little jealousy-tinged mistrust is never a bad idea for generating new stories and conflicts. So all-in-all, I really like what Higgins is doing with the main characters. He's also made Rita a smarter character, one who has yet to rely on the old standby of throwing a new monster at the Rangers and then making them grow to ridiculous heights. Although I suspect that will happen sooner or later. As a byproduct of that decision, it also creates a bit of suspense around when the other Dragonzords and Megazord will appear. We get a taste of that this issue, but seeing the way the Sabertooth Tiger Dragonord is handled by artist Hendry Prasetya makes me not want to wait for the whole set.

Prasetya continues to be a solid, if not spectacular, choice for the series. The art is perfectly clear; there isn't any confusion about the panel flow or what is happening in any of the scenes and he does a nice job with the character's faces. One panel in particular, showing a menacing looking Dragonzord rising from the depths, covered in shadows and black inks, is a real standout.

I am continued to be entertained by how solid this series is, although considering the talent of the creators involved, I shouldn't be. Three issues in and the series is well on its way to giving the other characters defined voices and making sure the characters and their emotions are at the heart of the series. I would recommend this to anyone with a history with the franchise.


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About the Author - Tyler Kes

Tyler Kes is from Minnesota, although he spent some time living in West Virginia, where he graduated from Marshall University in 2013. He spent some time honing his writing skills by working at a newspaper and then at a TV station, but now makes his living making tacos and writing about comics.
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