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Review: Power Rangers #5: Resisting Temptation

Written by Tyler Kes on Thursday, July 21 2016 and posted in Reviews

Review: Power Rangers #5: Resisting Temptation

Would you be able to resist offers of great power?

Source: Boom! Studios

Written by Kyle Higgins
Drawn by Thony Silas
Colors by Bryan Valenza
Letters by Ed Dukeshire

"What do the Power Rangers mean to you?"

It's a question that drives the series, first appearing at the opening of the first issue. So far, that question has been directed mainly at Tommy, but in this issue, it gets directed at Zach. Zach has been the ranger with the least amount of attention paid to him so far. His main purpose has been to show up and make some remarks about how he doesn't trust Tommy, and now we begin to understand why. You won't be understanding the cliffhanger from the end of the last issue, because this doesn't really have anything to do with it. At least not that we know of.

I really like the way Higgins dances between the raindrops of what we know, adding something to the mythos that makes sense based on the characters in play and the characterization for both Zach and Tommy. I also really enjoyed the scene where Zach goes to Zordon to inform him of what he's learned. I got an almost creepy sense from Zordon, who looks like he is from the same school Charles Xavier is from in terms of keeping secrets. Similarly to the work done with Trini, I like the way this issue positions Zach as the social activist of the group, the one focused on making sure the rangers do more than just fight giant monsters.

Higgins excels at the interactions between the rangers, and there is more of that in this issue. Like many other books, sometimes it's nice to see the characters just hanging out and being themselves.

The thing I liked the most about this issue, however, is the work of Thony Silas, the new artist. Silas' work has a sort of fluidity that is lacking in regular artist Hendry Prasetya's work. Just compare the fight between the Megazord and the Vitruvian that opens the issue with the one that closed out the previous issue. It's easier to follow, and you really get a feel for the destruction that would be caused by a giant robot fighting a giant monster anywhere near a population center. Those are the little extras that have made this series a pleasure to read so far.

Along similar lines, I think the colors used by Bryan Valenza are better suited to the series than the more muted palette used previously. Together, they make a more energetic looking book.

I really enjoyed this issue, even though it seems disconnected from the ongoing narrative. This series is developing into a solid super-team book, with a number of diverse personalities at play, and it looks like Higgins is working on building up the supporting cast (at least on the villains side) and exploring some things the original was happy to throw out there and never really follow up on.


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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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