Comic Review: Justice League/Power Rangers #1 (BOOM! Studios/DC Comics)

There are two franchises that almost anyone who has been growing up in the last two decades has been extremely familiar with. No, I’m not talking about the Marvel Cinematic […]

There are two franchises that almost anyone who has been growing up in the last two decades has been extremely familiar with.

No, I’m not talking about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while people were familiar with Spider-Man, X-Men and the Hulk, no one in the mainstream knew who the Avengers were. These two franchises have a long running history in the childhood of others, and there is no other that had such an impact other than the Justice League and the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers. Whether you grew up watching the Super Friends, or the Timm-Verse Justice League/Justice League Unlimited or watched any generational version of Power Rangers, no one can deny those memories of watching the shows or playing with the action figures with the cool head flipping figures.

 Once again, DC Comics and BOOM collaborate in bringing this crossover to life. The story begins in Angel Grove, the home of the Power Rangers. It is revealed that Angel Grove has been destroyed. The Power Ranger Zak is on his knees, ashamed and defeated, blames himself for the loss of their hometown.  How did Angel Grove end up being destroyed? How does the Power Rangers come in contact with the Justice League? What happened to Alpha 5? And how can they overcome their differences to save their respective universes from Zedd?

Much like the other crossovers that DC and BOOM have done prior with one another have been enjoyable. This was no different in terms of seeing characters that you love or grew up loving interacting with one another in an almost seamless way. How the Power Rangers interact with one another makes the reader feel as though they jumped out of the tv show and into the comic panels without any difficulty. Admittedly I wasn’t sure whether the Power Rangers shared presence with some of the Justice League members would work, but luckily, it has Tom Taylor to thank for its strong execution in concept and delivery.

Stephen Byrne’s art is fantastic. His ability of blending the cartoony and semi-realistic aesthetics of his art style gels well. Obviously, if readers haven’t been reading BOOM Studios current Power Rangers comics, it’ll probably take a slight adjustment to the main rangers in their nonranger forms. But that doubt is casted away once they suit up and get into action. His handle on some of the members of the Justice League that are displayed in this issue are well rendered as well, especially when they share the same pages with the Power Rangers. His Zedd looks ..well… like Zedd! Menacing, slimy and villainous as usual, which is perfectly a fitting transition for those familiar with the classic show.  The colors in this book are live and poppy and fit perfectly in line with a color palette for an animated series and show. This is a good, fun entry into this mini-series crossover. I definitely recommend picking this book up, whether you’re a casual comics fan, DC, Justice League, Power Rangers or even the lightest aspects of Super Sentai, then I believe you’ll enjoy this entry in this new mini-series.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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