The Power Rangers Issue Zero
Main story written by Kyle Higgins
Illustrated by Hendry Prasetya
colors by Matt Herms
Published by BOOM Studios
I will admit when the Power Rangers first aired in the summer of 1993, I should have had no interest in watching it at all. The show was incredibly cheesy with horrible dubbing and Godzilla-like battles with people in suits destroying cardboard buildings. But, come on, I was 11 and just a bit of a nerd even back then, so I watched the first couple of seasons every chance I could and the motion picture was the first movie I ever watched on my own, without any family around. So I will admit I am somewhat biased towards the OG cast and especially the green ranger storyline that is reimagined in this new series from BOOM and Saban Brands. By bringing the story to modern times some of the retro value is taken away from the story but then again it makes things much easier for younger readers to pick up who weren't born when the first episode aired and have nightmares at night of a world without their iPhones. The use of modern technology is heavily mentioned and used without being unrealistic and from what we see of the world it definitely looks like they should be in Southern California.
To be honest, the story created by Kyle Higgins was a surprise to me. Within one page he was able to make me terrified of Rita Repulsa, and was able to show why the events of “Day of the Dumpster” were such a big deal for the earth and caused Zordon to recruit a team of teenagers with attitudes to fight her. This Rita drips evil out of every pore of her being and she will stop at nothing, short of the destruction of the Power rangers and world domination. It is very easy to tell that the writer was influenced heavily as a child by the original six part green ranger story that brought us Tommy. Though the other five rangers are present and there are hints of their personalities, but make no mistake, the star of this book Is the green ranger. He is possibly either dealing with post traumatic stress disorder or is still secretly under Rita’s control, but the answer to that no one knows yet. The amount of mythology he is able to bring to this book is pretty astounding and it shows obvious talent that I can only see growing as he works on more and more different types of books. After this I am going to be seeking out his creator owned series C.O.W.L over at Image.
My feelings on the art by Hendry Prasetya, are fairly mixed. If you give him absolutely anything else to draw, the detail is astounding, the backgrounds are amazing and whenever you get shots of the rangers in their suits everything holds up very well and is helped by Matt Herms on colors. They even keep the fun little Easter Egg from the show where each ranger always dresses in the same color of clothes as their ranger costume. My major issue is that there is that Hendry is not very good at facial details. While none of them look bad, or even sub par, most of them look nondescript and generic. That said, they are responsible for some of the most unique uses of the individual Zords, and their buildings and monsters are impeccably well done and pop right off the page. There is more good than bad with this team, so I can overlook most of the quibbles on the art.
Included in the issue are two back up stories. The first one being “The Ongoing Adventures of Bulk & Skull” written by Steve Orlando, with art by Corin Howell and Jeremy Lawson. Due to his work on Midnighter for DC I have been a fan of Steve Orlando for a while, and I will say I definitely did not expect the story that he wrote here. It is essentially an Archie story using Bulk and Skull, and was a great little bite of a story. That, while it didn’t add much to the larger plot, was fun and showed knowledge of who they were. The final story is a fun one and done short story by Mairghread Scott and Illustrated by Daniel Bayliss, It shows very quickly that you don’t have to get overly complicated to show a great story, and in four pages you have a definite beginning middle and end. As a jumping off point for a new ongoing series I would give this book a very strong three and a half out of five. It was inches from a four but it needed to bring a bit more to the table.