Power Rangers #7 Review

Written by: Kyle Higgins

Art by: Hendry Prasetya

Publisher: BOOM!

Going back through history, every great property has included a tragic middle act. Star Wars had the Empire Strikes Back, Lord of the Rings had The Two Towers, Back to the Future had BTTF II. The list goes on and on. There is just something appealing about a generally happy story getting downright depressing before the inevitable happy ending. Power Rangers #7 fills the role of a dark middle chapter in a very entertaining series, to the point where you may need to put on happy music after you finish reading. You won’t cry, but you will definitely get a little sad. 

After the surprising events of Power Rangers #6, the rangers are essentially stuck in neutral. Part of the team is missing, Rita is trying to take over the world, and the Zords are broken. Basically, the Power Rangers are up a creek without a paddle. To make matters even worse, there is no end in sight. How do you fix problems when your problem solver is missing and the technology is literally alien? What is the Black Dragon? The only answer is a desperate act of violence that doesn’t particularly work well.

Ironically enough, violence is discussed throughout the entire issue and threatened on more than one occasion, but Power Rangers #7 is actually more plot heavy. Rita in particular is a major focus of the issue–shocker, I know–but not because of any villainous plot. Rita is just focused on redecorating her new lair and sending out Dr. Evil-esque demands. Of course, this version of Rita is decidedly less goofy, so her threats more chilling than funny. You actually expect her to full on murder any minions that fail to stop the Power Rangers. Oh, and don’t forget about the Putty Wall she builds. Oh my goodness. 

Power Rangers #7 is one of the more entertaining issues in this fantastic series. Instead of the team triumphantly defeating enemies, the Power Rangers are being forced to fight against all odds and come together as a true team. It’s not that often that you see teammates having to struggle in new roles and figure out extremely confusing problems. The entire story is depressing in that cool Empire Strikes Back way, and it culminates in a really badass sequence involving the Green Ranger. Sadly, this issue ends on a gigantic cliffhanger and doesn’t answer some important questions. At least we can look forward to Power Rangers #8. 

Don’t miss out on this series by Kyle Higgins. I get the feeling that this upcoming issues are going to get a little crazy.