ALL ABOARD THE HYPE TRAIN
Change is necessary and always sucks, just literally always.
WRITTEN BY: Ryan Parrot
ILLUSTRATED BY: Daniele di Nicuolo
COLORS BY: Walter Baiamonte
LETTERS BY: Ed Dukeshire
COVER BY: Jamal Campbell
IN THIS ISSUE
When we last saw our color-coded original heroes, they were resetting time and space after finally defeating Tommy’s evil alter ego, Lord Drakkon. This issue seems to take place weeks later, with some minor (and major) changes… mostly to the roster, as we see Rocky, Adam, and Aisha have taken over for Jason, Zack, and Trini respectively. In addition, Tommy’s now rocking season two’s signature White Ranger uniform and settling fairly well into his new role as leader of the team… on the battlefield, at least.
Needless to say, there’s dissent among the ranks, and Lord Zedd has an ace up his sleeve. If our wayward teens-turned-superheroes can’t get their act together, this could really go to the dogs…
While this issue certainly delivers on the growing pains we mostly missed out on in the show regarding Rocky, Adam, and Aisha joining the team, I found it difficult to not take sides. Tommy is both hard on the newcomers and avoiding Jason, Zack, and Trini, which reads more like the behavior of a child than a team leader who’s clearly adept on the battlefield. Also, sue me, I’m not overly impressed with Tommy’s continued plotline of being the golden child with all the power of the universe and so on and so forth. Power is something to be earned and, especially regarding his behavior towards our newest Rangers, I’m not entirely convinced he has. There’s more to leading than directing, after all. I’m not sure how much of my irritation is towards the story itself or how it’s being written, but since it is the first issue of a new arc, I’m willing to see where this is going to go before I pass too harsh a judgment.
As for a couple of twists we’re treated to, I’m definitely intrigued. Seeing Jason, Zack, and Trini’s new uniforms and promising a separate plotline is a delight and a half, and I hope we get so much more of that. Also, this newest threat looks… familiar, boy howdy I hope they address that.
I’m also hoping we resolve this war between the previous team and the newcomers—if only for Billy’s sake, as he works to keep the peace. You’re doing amazing, sweetie.