Comic Review: Power Rangers 13 (Spoiler Warning)

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Writer: Ryan Parrott

Artist: Francesco Mortarino

Cover Artists:

  • Main Cover: Gerald Parel
  • Legacy Variant Cover: Daniele di Nicuolo
  • Incentive Cover: Gerald Parel
  • Incentive Cover: Daniele di Nicuolo
  • Incentive Cover: Rian Gonzales
  • FOC Reveal Cover: Yejin Park
  • FOC Reveal Incentive Cover: Yejin Park
  • Incentive Cover: Rian Gonzales

First off, we pick up right from the end of last issue, where we find out that Yale and Arkon used the Master Arch to find Jason, Zack, and Trini, and save them. As they enjoy breathing and eating again, Trini works on repairing XI, where she picks up Tommy’s request for help.

On Earth, the Eltarians have begun their attack on Promethea. The Power Rangers are holding their own pretty well against the Eltarian Guardians, at least until the SFF join in the fray. Fortunately, all 4 Omega Rangers arrive to help even the odds.

At the Command Center, Alpha initiates Security Protocol Drakkon One, which surrounds Alpha, Billy (slowly regaining consciousness), and the Eltarian Guardians with energy bars. Then, a security drone arrives, opening fire on the Guardians. It manages to take out one Guardian, but the other manages to destroy the drone. That’s when Alpha pushes the Guardian into the energy bars, successfully taking him out. Not sure if the Guardians are dead or just knocked out, but it will be moot point soon anyway.

Back on Earth, Bulk & Skull bring us, and their viewers, up to speed on what has been happening while filming from a safe distance. We are then treated to fight scene with a few fun bits thrown in: Alex revealing to Zack that he’s the new Green Ranger, Yale taking out Zag with ease, and great teamwork between Jason and Tommy. But just when things start looking up for our heroes, Zartus unleashes the Orange Empyreal, destroying Promethea. Meanwhile, the Purple Empyreal heads up to the moon, and destroys the Moon Palace, and apparently Lord Zedd with it.

Recovering from the explosion, the Rangers escape Promethea via the Master Arch. At the Command Center, Billy and Alpha are confronted by Goldar, Finster, Squatt, and Baboo. Before a fight can ensue though, Jason pops in using the Master Arch. He quickly explains that an Empyreal is headed for the Command Center, and they need to leave now! He even offers to rescue the villains! But, as of this issue, we do not know if they escaped in time, because Jason’s speech is still continuing via caption boxes as the Purple Empyreal destroys the Command Center.

With Zedd gone, and the Command Center destroyed, Zartus stands in the rubble of Promethea and claims Earth for the Eltarian Empire.

Story – 5 out of 5: I have to admit that, after all these months of separate storylines, I was thinking that the Omega Rangers would be tackling a different part of the invasion, and working on stopping the Empyreals from even reaching Earth. Bringing everyone together like this right off the bat, and literally making this a continuation from Mighty Morphin 13, was a welcome surprise. It helps that there is just one writer for both books, but it reminds me of some of my favorite storylines from the 80s and 90s in the Superman and Batman books. This was a great 2nd part to the story, as things are looking even worse for our heroes. And boths teams reacting to all the changes the other team has experienced was fun. The apparent death of Zedd was a shocker, but I’m fairly confident that he has somehow survived. I just can’t wait to find out how. The destruction of the Command Center was cool too, but we’ve even seen that on the show, so it wasn’t as surprising.

Art – 5 out of 5: Francisco’s art is solid as ever. It’s fun to see his take on the Mighty Morphin cast again, and again the storytelling is well done. I think the only gripe I have is Billy’s hair, as it is normally drawn shorter and parted the other way in Mighty Morphin. But that’s just me being a bit-picky reviewer.

Overall – 5 out of 5: Great storytelling, and great artwork that helps rather than hinder. Highly recommended!