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Power Rangers #11: Days of Repeated Storylines

Written by Tyler Kes on Wednesday, January 18 2017 and posted in Reviews

Power Rangers #11: Days of Repeated Storylines

It's time for the Rangers to take on a classic sci-fi trope.

Source: Boom Studios

Written by Kyle Higgins
Art by Hendry Prasetya
Colors by Matt Herms
Letters by Ed Dukeshire

For most of its existence, the Power Rangers franchise drew more from the Toku side of its DNA than it ever has from the Western style superheroes. One of the things that I like about writer Kyle Higgins's take is that he's working in a lot of classic superhero tropes. Case in point: After the end of the battle against the new, mysterious ranger from somewhere else, Tommy and Billy are stranded in a bad, apocalyptic future ruled by Rita's forces. There are lots of little nods and homages to stories like Days of Future Past and Planet of the Apes. The issue also shows how worries the parents of the missing Rangers are, while hinting that there might be some official investigations into these teenagers with attitude, and just what it is that they spend their time on.

The bulk of the issue is spent with the Billy and Tommy in the future, both of whom have been getting a lot of screen time recently, so to speak. Higgins also uses the other, time-honored tropes like the use of one of the characters being evil in the future and the appearance of a classic Power Rangers character (kind of?).

I enjoy the design of their enemy, even though the reveal of their identity shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone based on the visual clues. I would have liked to have seen artist Hendry Prasetya take the opportunity an alternate dimension (or bad future) to shake up the visuals a bit, but for the most part it's stock dystopian images, like giant statues of evil villains and the fallen remains left at the sites of previous super battles. The colors by Matt Herms suit the issue better than normal, since we've been conditioned to associate dark and dreary with the future.

Overall this was another enjoyable issue from what is increasingly becoming a dependable series. I appreciate the narrowed character focus Higgins uses. Obviously Tommy gets the bulk of the focus, since the first two arcs have really used him as a fulcrum, but it's nice to see the other characters get a spotlight every couple of issues. I would recommend this issue to fans who think a dose of Claremont-era X-men can make anything better.


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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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