Power Rangers #21 picks up where issue #19 ends. The Power Rangers meet Zordon’s first Red Ranger, Grace, where she tells her story of being a Power Ranger and how she lost three fellow Rangers to the mission on the moon that Zordon sent her and her team on. A new mysterious and dark story is here in issue #21.
The issue opens up very nicely and we get to see the Power Rangers in a different setting than we’re used to. Grace takes the team on a tour of her city of scientists and experiments, Promethea. This is all great stuff because it’s not like they’re all in battle or in the juice bar. They’re just walking around this city with Grace in uniform. It’s very unique and different to see from what we’re used to. Like all issues of Power Rangers, there is and always must be fight scenes but in this issue I think that it didn’t really need one. It was going very smoothly and then coincidentally one of the patients who we find out was an experiment of Finster’s, transforms into a nine-headed cat monster and breaks free. So if the Power Rangers weren’t there then he would have pretty much killed everyone and escaped? Could have done just fine without that breakout fight.
Seeing the Power Rangers just be aware of an issue and handle these new details simply by talking and getting to know the situation and who’s involved was a tremendous approach. The story has no reason for punching away any problems so the fight scene was a bit random but the rest of the issue was pretty flawless and enjoyable to read. Even though I wasn’t a fan of the monster in this issue, it was a very unique creation and pretty twisted. A nine-headed cat monster that needs to die nine times before it’s defeated is a crazy and scary concept alone so even though the fight wasn’t needed, the monster was still an enjoyable character. Also I loved seeing that because of the Power Rangers losing control of their Zords at one point Grace took the liberty of created a man-made Zord called a Mechazord. Clever name.
The story by Kyle Higgins is once again a delight and always seems to have tricks up his sleeve by creating stories of different variety such as alternate universe evil Rangers, the moon landing, and simply just exploring a campus. Every story was just as enjoyable as the others and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here. The art by Jonas Scharf was darker than usual. There’s not too much daylight scenery which is a good thing because Power Rangers are usually based in daylight. We got to see an actual sunset in this issue. Very exciting book all around and the team behind this book should be very proud.
Kyle Higgins treats Mighty Morphin Power Rangers with such delecacy and outstanding storytelling that it’s impossible for any fan not to enjoy. This issue is just getting to the tip of what’s yet to come with the Power Rangers and the original Red Ranger who is still in possession of the Green Psycho Ranger’s Dagger. Do not miss out on this issue.