The Red and Yellow Rangers have swapped their powers, but…  there might be something even more shocking in store.  Your Major Spoilers review of Go Go Power Rangers #15 awaits!


Writer: Ryan Parrott
Penciler: Eleonora Carlini
Inker: Simonoa di Gianfelice
Colorist: Raúl Angulo
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Editor: Dafna Pleban
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 12, 2018

Previously in Go Go Power Rangers:  Trini is the new Red Ranger and Jason is the new Yellow Ranger.  And…  there might be some other complications too.


Our story opens with a flashback to Trini’s youth on a military base, and a new friend that she knew she would have to give up when she inevitably moved in a few months.  Cut to the present day, where she and Jason are on the run from Rita’s forces on a mysterious alien planet.  Their minds have been inexplicably linked, causing them to hear one another’s thoughts.  This means that Trini learns Jason’s secret, that his dad is quite ill and he doesn’t want anyone to know.  She also learns that he’s mostly making up their plans, while he learns that… Trini has a HUGE crush on him?  While they’re lost in the jungle, Rita continues her trek into a hidden temple to find the most powerful relic of all, the artifact that will turn the tide.  Back at her palace, intrigue reigns supreme, as Goldar and Finster consider revolt against their lost queen.  And in Angel Grove, Kimberly goes on her date with Skull, only to find that he’s not nearly as dense as he might seem.


The moment where Skull refuses to kiss Kimberly because she’s clearly still hung up on ex-boyfriend Matt is an amazing realignment of my expectations about his character, leading him to tell her that he’s there if she needs to talk.  The rest of the issue is equally insightful, including a brief conversation between Zack and Billy that will turn out to be the origins of the inexplicable Radbug, a sudden and confusing kiss between Zack and Trini and, most important, the revelation that Rita’s quest is for a very familiar artifact: The Green Power Coin!  I love Carlini’s art, especially the subtle emotions shown throughout Skill and Kim’s date, but the action sequences are equally well-done.  What’s best about this book for me is the old-school storytelling, pulling multiple threads in different directions to build a bigger story, and showing us the hearts of characters that didn’t get a whole lot of depth in their initial appearances.  Even Rita Repulsa herself gets emotional depth in these pages, making not only for a multi-level reading experience, but adding value to the Power Rangers stories we’ve already seen.


The best part of the BOOM! Power Rangers comics is seeing so many different kinds of stories being told, and Go Go Power Rangers #15 keeps the balance between high school drama, superhero romance, interdimensional fighty-fighty and great character work, with strong art that makes you forget that they’re not doing photo-realistic likenesses, earning 3.5 out of 5 stars overall.  You won’t even have to know deep Power Rangers history to appreciate this comic, meaning that any issue makes for a decent jumping-on point.

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An Ongoing Saga

This issue keeps a number of disparate threads intact and ongoing, adding a lot of depth to the early stories of the Rangers and making even Rita and Skull interesting.

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