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Power Rangers #12: Epic Fanservice

Written by Tyler Kes on Friday, February 17 2017 and posted in Reviews

Power Rangers #12: Epic Fanservice

Longtime fans of the franchise will see a lot of familiar faces, so to speak.

Source: Boom Studios

Written by Kyle Higgins

Drawn by Hendry Prasetya

Colors by Matt Herms

Letters by Ed Dukeshire

Man, this issue is like a smorgasbord of fan service, and I mean that in the best possible way. Power Rangers has been always danced between the raindrops of continuity from the old TV show, taking place sometime after Tommy shows up as the Green Ranger. But luckily, writer Kyle Higgins knows what happens later, and uses that foreknowledge to great effect.

Future rangers and Zords of all types make appearances, most notably the Falconzord (which was always one of the coolest zords, in my opinion), as Saba fills in the missing rangers on the history of the world they are now stranded on. It is a little exposition-heavy, but it's interesting, and it gives Hendry Prasetya a chance to draw massive, epic battles and destruction, something he's always excelled at. The art falls a little flat, though, when it focuses on just human characters, but luckily there aren't a lot of those scenes.

Higgins uses the story of how Rita came to power to make some commentary on the current political situation, with phrases like "Give her a chance," and "normalizing" her reign becoming a major issue. Some people might be upset that politics are "shoehorned" into something as trivial as a Power Rangers comic, but I thought it was funny.

My biggest gripe, one that has been pretty consistent throughout reviewing this series, is the coloring. I'm just not a huge fan of the muted, darker color palette Matt Herms uses. It makes things murky. This may be just my personal preference, but I think a book with large pumpkin monsters fighting giant animal and mythological robots should be bright and fun.


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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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