Comic Review: Power Rangers Unlimited – The Death Ranger #1 (Spoiler Warning)

Writer: Paul Allor

Artist: Katherine Lobo & Anna Kekovsky Chandra

Cover Artists:

  • Main Cover: Keyla K. Valerio
  • Foil Cover: Goñi Montes
  • Incentive Cover (1:10): Keyla Valerio
  • Incentive Cover (1:25): Derrick Chew
  • FOC Unlockable Cover (1 Copy): Goñi Montes
  • BOOM! Studios Exclusive Variant Cover: Bob Bernardo
  • Second Print Cover: Dan Mora

Synopsis: THE LEGENDARY OMEGA RANGERS defended the universe from evil thousands of years ago, the six of them using their elemental powers to protect others from sinister forces. But that all changed when one key member turned on the others, seduced by the death-defying powers of the Rangers’ greatest foe. How does this Ranger connect to what’s locked in the mysterious Omega Vault in Safehaven so many millennia later, as everything converges in the highly-anticipated CHARGE TO 100?

Story – 4 out of 5: So, the Gold Omega Morpher can raise the dead because Spa’ark resorted to black magic? Makes sense I suppose. I was hoping it would have to do with some sort of corruption of the Morphin Grid, but this works too I suppose. I like Spa’ark’s reasoning for even attempting to resurrect Haza. This does not explain how Death Ranger was taking control of living beings in Power Rangers #22 though. They can control the resurrected apparently, but they don’t even try to possess the other Omegas. And then the morpher was locked away until just recently, so how could they have learned this trick in the intervening years? Unless, considering how the mouth piece changed for no official reason after bringing back Haza, is it possible that Spa’ark has been possessed by The Galactic Maw? Could it have taken possessed them while they were just floating in front of the creature? Could Spa’ark be redeemed in MMPR #100?
I did like meeting the original Omega Rangers though. Actually, were these the originals, or just a previous team? You can never tell with Power Rangers.
Also, the young Zhane and Andros getting the wrong moral from Maavi’s story makes perfect sense for kids, and would have an influence on Andros’ memories of the story in the present. Nice touch.

Art – 4 out of 5: The art here is rather well done. And, even though there were 2 artists, the art styles are similar enough that it doesn’t take you out of the story when the change occurs. Interesting art choice to just have the mouthpiece become more skeletal after Haza returns. But again, since that happened to Zhane, Jason, and Yale’s helmets after they were possessed, perhaps it is just a sign that Spa’ark has been possessed too.

Overall – 4 out of 5: This was a very entertaining read, and will most likely be important knowledge to possess when reading MMPR #100. And I can’t wait now to see if my theory is true. If it is, the subtilty of both the writing and the art in this issue are amazing. I really hope I’m not reading too much into things though. We shall see in 1 month!