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Power Rangers #13: Go Go On with the Story

Written by Tyler Kes on Monday, March 20 2017 and posted in Reviews

Power Rangers #13: Go Go On with the Story

A bit of character development does nothing to advance the plot.

Source: Boom Studios

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

So, when we last left off, Billy and Tommy were trapped in an alternate dimension ruled by a green-white ranger fusion of Tommy, while the remaining rangers were left to figure out how to retake the command center from Rita and her forces. At the end of the issue..., we're pretty much in the same place. Not necessarily a bad thing, but this issue does spend more time on character beats than on advancing the plot. Normally that's something I'm into, but it feels like this story is starting to drag out a bit, and we don't even learn anything new or particularly revealing about the characters.

Billy spend most of his time speaking with Alternate! Trini, who apparently was saved by her version of Billy at the cost of his life. I was a little confused with the art during this stretch, because the dialogue boxes make it seem like we are going to flashback to that, but instead we flashback to Alternate! Zach receiving a prophecy from Saba. That flashback feeds into a scene with Tommy and Zach, and the whole thing just doesn't flow very well for me.

I see what writer Kyle Higgins is doing with Billy, who throughout his run has seemed the most reluctant hero, the one with the most self-doubt, but I guess I'd like to see a little more plot advancement.

On the art side of things, all the pros and cons of Hendry Prasetya's work are on display. He does a really nice job of showing the destruction of a ruined world, and the squalor the survivors are forced to live in, but he struggles with faces and human emotion. Overall, the art is a little dark and muddled, which again may be just my personal tastes, but I appreciate it when something like Power Rangers skews a little brighter and more colorful.

Overall, this is not the strongest and not the weakest issue of the series. It's just your typical, average, run-of-the-mill middle of the arc story. If you're already invested in the story, then yeah, by all means pick this issue up. But if you are looking to start the series in advance of seeing the movie, then you're probably good skipping this one.


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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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