Comic Review: Power Rangers #20 (Spoiler Warning)

Writer: Ryan Parrott

Artist: Marco Renna

Cover Artists:

  • Main Cover: Guillamue Martinez
  • Legacy Variant Cover: Daniele Di Nicuolo
  • Incentive Cover (1:10): Guillamue Martinez
  • Incentive Cover (1:15): Daniele Di Nicuolo
  • Incentive Cover (1:25): Qistina Khalidah
  • FOC Reveal Cover: Raúl Allén
  • FOC Reveal Incentive Cover (1:10): Raúl Allén
  • Unlockable Cover (1 copy): Qistina Khalidah

In the wake of tragedy, the Omega Rangers return to Angel Grove to reunite with some familiar faces from their past. Trini finds herself confronted by the nearly impossible challenge of balancing her life as a Ranger, and her responsibilities to her family. To make matters even worse, Safehaven faces an alien invasion; and they’re after something that should never be unleashed! What horrors are sealed inside of the ancient container buried deep within the OMEGA VAULT?

Story — 4 out of 5: Can you believe we only see 1 morphed Ranger in this entire issue? And it didn’t even bother me! What did bother me was Andros. Now, I understand that the wound of losing his planet and his people is a lot more fresh here than when we meet up with him in Power Rangers in Space, but damn is he in a dark place right now. The stealth suit version of his normal Ranger uniform is fitting for this as well as it mirror’s his soul at the moment. Still, I’m really not a fan of this version of Andros, which may actually be the point of the story. Plus, I’m still wondering how XI didn’t notice that the Xurix was mysteriously bruised when he suddenly had his change of heart.
As for Jason’s plot, and the story on Earth, I really enjoyed that part of the book. The scene with Ernie was very touching, and the scene with his father was exactly the opposite. I feel bad for Jason’s mom having to deal with that guy, and for Jason’s aunt having to deal with him in the future. I can only imagine how it must feel to have your parent tell you they don’t want you around. And yet, the scene is almost mirrored when Jason talks to Zordon in the Command Center. Neither Jason, nor his father, want to stick around Angel Grove and have people feel sorry for them. Nice work on Ryan’s part.
Not sure what the solicit was talking about with Trini though. I don’t even think she had a line in this issue. I did see a version in Previews that replaced Trini with Jason, and that makes more sense, but BOOM! has never officially changed it. Not sure where a Trini storyline would have fit anyway.

Art — 5 out of 5: The art is once again fantastic here. Everyone looks great, and Ernie looks more like Richard Genelle than ever before, which tells me that Marco is still refining his art! Yes, it has an animated feel, but he is still able to convey character emotions without over rendering. With all the writer changes coming up, I hope he’s still able to stick around after this “Charge to 100” is over.

Overall — 4.5 out of 5: Andros’ characterization aside, this was a fantastic issue. Plus we get our set up for Death Ranger, which promises to be interesting. Highly recommended!