Go Go Power Rangers: Forever Rangers #1 may be priced quite a bit higher than your typical chapter of the series, but it’s definitely a must-read for anyone following this retro-flavored Rangers book. This oversized special ties up many loose ends and essentially serves as the dramatic finale of the series’ second year. In the process, it easily justifies that cover price.Coming into this issue, it’s fair to question why BOOM! Studios published this story in this form rather than simply splitting it up into issues #21 and #22 of the monthly series. Luckily, writer Ryan Parrott and artists Eleonora Carlini and Francesco Mortarino have no trouble justifying this change of pace. Given the way this story is structured and the many plot points it juggles, trying to split the narrative in half simply wouldn’t have worked as well. At best, readers would have been given one chapter of nonstop action and one that serves as a prolonged epilogue. Instead, Parrot is able to organically wrap up the current Alpha-1 conflict while also giving the various other subplots and teases the attention they need.

Alpha 1 himself has proven to be a strong addition to the Ranger rogues gallery, both because of the way he builds on Zordon’s shadowy past and that mythology, and because he’s a very sympathetic villain with clear desires and motivations. This issue ends that conflict on a mostly open-ended note, but one that provides ample emotional closure for both sides. Plus, any excuse to force Alpha 5 into the battlefield is a good one.

There’s no shortage of battlefield spectacle to be found in this issue, as the Rangers unleash every weapon in their arsenal against a more powerful foe. That action is handled expertly by Carlini and Mortarino. Original series artist Dan Mora set a very high bar with his issues, and it’s to the credit of both artists that they’ve managed to maintain that quality. It’s also to their credit that this issue remains so visually cohesive with two pencillers and multiple inkers collaborating on one story. The action is dynamic and the characters are expressive. The book in general has a wonderfully distinct art style that pays tribute to the classic TV series while simultaneously carving its own path.

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That spectacle is balanced out by a satisfying amount of character drama. This series has really carved a distinct niche for itself by capitalizing on the throwback setting and the fact that the Rangers are still high schoolers. There’s just enough slapstick humor and relationship and family drama to keep the story grounded. Certain plot points probably could have used a bit more room to breathe (the resolution to Jason and Trini’s budding romance being one of them), but the creative team covers plenty of ground in this issue. The ending in particular serves as a great way to cap off this era of the book while inviting readers to see what’s next for the team.



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