In one of the most surprising twists of my summer, Power Rangers: Ranger Slayer has got to be up there. My skepticism on spending money on one-shots has always stemmed from them usually serving as quick cash-grabs with little real depth. However, Ranger Slayer has cured me of that notion and redeemed the form of the one-shot with some of the most blockbuster fun I’ve had the privilege to read. Really the important thing you need to know is that this story is simply the epitome of a modern-day cartoon with robot fights, ghost Rangers, and a healthy dose of melodrama.
Writer Ryan Parrott has genuinely outdone himself with the world-building and character intrigue in this issue. The return of the Ranger Slayer has accomplished a unique dynamic that I really hope gets touched on later with Parrott holding the proverbial power coin for this series. It’s a spectacular feat for a series to have run for so long, but always give fans unique reading experiences.
Artist Dan Mora, as we’re all used to by now, does a standout job in this issue. Holding all of the dialogue and the different visuals of the characters properly captures the reader like no one else. Each set piece is given such a wonderful charm that magnifies the joy of reading this issue. Individual panels are brimming with details that make it fun, but also give subtle cues that enhance dialogue. Simply put, Mora has truly earned the reputation of being a very strong artist.
With that, the colors by Raul Angulo are simply splendid. It has this odd vibrancy, but still holds this dark malevolence that truly magnifies the narrative that Parrott has told and Mora has visualized. It’s simply an exquisite act of elevation that Angulo brought to what has already been promised to be a solid duo within the industry. Even better is the addition of Ed Dukeshire to the team, whose word balloons are simply a great voice for this book.
In earnest, this issue truly has offered nothing but some of the finest craftsmanship to give a fun reading experience.
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