The Eltarian War is underway and may change everything we know about the Power Rangers. Over in Mighty Morphin #13, Zordon is close to death, the war has reached Earth, and Lord Zedd is using the distraction of war to his advantage. It’s definitely a good time for the Omega Rangers to show up and supply some backup!
This issue opens by reminding us where the Omega Rangers are at as well as their new alien-cat recruit. Yes, that’s right, a non-humanoid is a Power Ranger now! Writer Ryan Parrott does well to check in with the key players as well as link this group with the war on Earth with a well-timed smash cut.
If you’re expecting war scenes with Power Rangers fighting hundreds of soldiers, you’ve come to the right place. They’re not just fighting faceless soldiers, though there are many, as the recently introduced super-warriors Zeta, Zag, Zenith, and Zero-Zero who fight for the Supreme Guardian of Eltar are thrown into the mix. It’s a chaotic, action-heavy issue that’s filled with plenty of moments for each Ranger to shine.
If you’re a fan of supporting characters in Power Rangers, you’ll love what Parrott does with Bulk and Skull as well as Alpha 5. Given the number of characters in this issue, which include the Power Rangers and Omega Rangers, it’s impressive how seamless it all comes together along with these supporting characters thrown in. It’s nice to see these characters contribute in a heroic or important way when they’re often used as comedic relief.
If you enjoy fight scenes and chaotic action, you’ll love this book. If you’re looking for plot progression you may feel it shorts you a bit. It gets characters in the right place, but by story’s end there’s one major development but not much more. That said, when it’s juggling so many characters its understandable.
Even with heroic moments and all these heroes coming together, Parrott and artist Francesco Mortarino raise the stakes further, ending the issue with a satisfying cliffhanger. Mortarino’s pencils show great range, from giant skyscraper-sized enemies to a number of characters piling together in a single panel in an interior scene. It’s impressive how chaotic the battle scenes can get while still being easy to follow and pleasing to the eye.
Mortarino is very good at getting a point across quickly, like a single panel with the Green Ranger in the foreground and enemies barreling down on him in the background in a small panel. The series continues to show character emotion through the visor via a transparent effect that works well too.
Colors by Raúl Angulo play with light well, like energy blasts and a shine on the Power Rangers’ suits. Letters by Ed Dukeshire also amp up the action with great sound effects and shouting with special characters.
Power Rangers #13 continues to up the ante in the Eltarian War while effortlessly juggling many different characters. It’s the kind of comic you have to be impressed by since it never gets confusing despite throwing its characters in the middle of all-out war.
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