Title: Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #18
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Words: Ryan Parrott
Art: Eleonora Carlini
Colors: Raul Angulo
Published: March 13, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Alpha One’s backstory is revealed! Meanwhile, Rita and her mother reconnect after all these years… will this be the key to powering the Dragon Coin?
The universe is dying, and it’s all Zordon’s fault…at least it was, some ten thousand years ago. Now, the Power Rangers are taking on a dinosaur, in a natural history museum nonetheless, with a little help from Alpha-1; all the while, Rita tries to extract information about the Dragon Coin from her (dead-ish) mother.
I never would have guessed that the Alphas were originally designed and built for combat; sure, Alpha-5 has proven to be a loyal protector but imaging her Aye-yi-yi’ing on the battlefield is humorous. Regardless, Alpha-5’s great great great grandfather, Alpha-1, is a very different bot, and although he’s playing nice now, it’s hard not to be concerned that his plans aren’t more sinister than they appear.
There’s a great deal of information dropped on readers in this issue, but it certainly doesn’t feel that way. Ryan Parrott does a fine job in delivering information while simultaneously maintaining excitement levels; and, his pacing is impeccable. And, speaking of impeccable, Eleonora Carlini’s artwork sent my inner-child somersaulting with joy. Not only are Carlini’s action-driven scenes great–and they are great–but her gesture and expression work is equally as impressive.
The Bottom Line
Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #18 is as exciting and entertaining as it is telling; this well-paced book makes for a great read and should not be missed.