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review 2017-10-06 18:16
Pink Ranger no more - and Kimberly's solo
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink #1 (of 6) - Brenden Fletcher,Kelly Thompson,Daniele Di Nicuolo

I'm not even sure what happened.   All I know is that she's one of my least favorite rangers - sorry?  Or I'm not? - but this had a color your own cover version, so, bam, snagged it. 

 

It's actually more fun, and made me care far more for the character; Kimberly, on her own, without her ranger powers, has to save her mother, father, and the town they're now living in - in France *swoon, yeah, that helped* - which has been apparently overrun by monsters. 

 

I found her less annoying on her own, and de-powered.   Also more down to Earth: she was taking care of herself, and doing her best not to worry about her friends, and former superhero partners, while also caring about what happened to everyone in this town. 

 

Fun, and I might just check out the rest of the series eventually.   When I have more time than I do now.

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review 2017-10-06 01:20
To be honest
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 2 - Corin Howell,Hendry Prasetya,Steve Orlando,Thony Silas,Kyle Higgins

I liked this less than volume three.   It isn't even that it's less well written.    Well, I do think volume three was a little tighter plot wise, so, yes, volume two was less well written - but not by much.   The characters were still incredibly richly, the plot was far from bad, and I overall enjoyed this.   Given that three gets darker, and this is what I truly like, however, I'm thinking of skipping volume one and moving right onto what comes after volume three, though. 

 

Short review because catching up and I still have looooads of school work.  I do have a light week next week - just some reading - but I want to get started on bigger projects that are due later next week, as well.  

 

So it'll be short reviews as I catch up.   

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review 2017-09-22 23:05
Well, shit...
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 3 - Kyle Higgins,Hendry Prasetya,Jon Lam

Talk about dark.   Someone gets decapitated in this.  As in the head is torn off and brought out as a 'hey, look what happened, and lose all hope,' type thing.   (I think it's clear that it's not the Rangers tearing off heads...)

 

When Tommy and Billy escape their enemies, they end up in a terrifying future in which Rita rules the Earth.   What's happened and can they make their way back to their timeline?   Can they change things so that Rita doesn't conquer the Earth? 

 

This is far darker than anything in the show, and it allows the writer, and artist, to explore a more complex world: solutions aren't so easy that they can be fixed in a short episode.   Things aren't merely fixed because people realize they're wrong.   Even with Tommy changing sides - he's given power by Rita Repulsa and later joins the Rangers - the show had a fairly cardboard good and evil dynamic: when you were evil, or a bully, you just were.   When you were good, you might make mistakes, but you tended to always have good intentions, and an apology would fix all.   

 

Not so here.   Tommy's more conflicted about his Power Ranger origin, and sees the other as good and himself as less good, even when there's fairly solid proof this isn't true.   No amounts of apologies will fix a decapitation.   (And even when Rita does evil, she tends to do so in ways that don't kill, or even maim in ways that do permanent damage.   But the ways that people rally, or don't, after such blows is a deeper, complex part of human nature; allowing Rita and her crew to go around ripping off heads allows the Rangers to rally - or not - in the face of such barbarism.   It was something they never had to face, or even think about, because it would never happen in a kids show.

 

Of course, violence doesn't automatically equate to complexity.   It can be for shock value or simply not show consequences that are realistic, or complex.   This comic doesn't stay true to much of the TV show: it's more violent, but it does stay true to much. The value of friendship, of sticking together, how good can overcome evil, about doing good, and the diverse cast of characters.   The changes, like the more violent nature of this comic, aren't added in place of what it keeps the same, nor are they gratuitously added.   They're added to build on that, but to place greater challenges in the way of the Rangers and showing that no matte what, they will continue to fight.   It's added to explore these characters more deeply in the face of these challenges.   

 

The cheese is gone, replaced by more character development than I would have expected.  

 

And I'm loving it all.   

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review 2017-09-22 20:37
Things keep getting darker
Saban's Go Go Power Rangers #3 - Ryan Parrott,Dan Mora

But in a 'Rita has a really twisted plan' kind of way, not so much angst.   (There is some of that with Trini's unbearable shyness combined with her crush on Jason, though.   It's not unbearably angst-filled, though.)

 

Rita brings more putties Earth to fight the Power Rangers, but I'm not sure what her plan is with the human-looking girl who's looking for the Power Rangers, not given her connection to the putties, nor with what her purpose is there on Earth. 

 

I'm sure it'll be devilishly malicious, though, and I'm looking forward to reading about what the plan is in the end.  For now, I'm just having fun being taken along on this journey!

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review 2017-09-22 20:10
Well, then...
Saban's Go Go Power Rangers #2 - Dan Mora,Ryan Parrott

That ending, guys.   That ending.   I'm super in love with how devious Rita is, although I'm still distracted by her Madonna-bra done times a million.   For some reason, this looks more ridiculous in comics than in real life to me?   Well, yeah, but other than that, this is perfect. 

 

It's dark, it's gorgeously written and drawn, and I keep looking forward to seeing what will happen next. 

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