Let me start off by saying I was beyond anticipating Saban’s Power Rangers: Soul of the Dragon since its announcement. It was a definite Top-5 book I had on my pull list. The entire plot of an “Old Man” Tommy Oliver powering up “one more time” to save his son felt like something new and fresh.

So, I’m sure you’re all shocked when I say: I’m left extremely disappointed.

The story starts off with us finding out Tommy has lost his job at Bridgeport Township High School (since the school dismantled his department to save money). I actually felt this was a solid starting point. It gave me the feeling of this being the start to a new “universe” of stories for the character on the horizon. One where he’d suit back up full time, that saving his son had opened his eyes to the universe still needing the legendary Tommy Oliver. (I’ll touch back on this later.)

Art by Giuseppe Cafro, Colors by Marcelo Costa

Another strong start in the opening sequence was finding out Tommy is married to Kat — Kathrine Hillard, the second Pink Ranger. This was one of those moments where Kyle Higgins flexes his strong grasp on the lore, just like in his run on Boom! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers title, by molding believable moments into the Grid.

Now, one thing I felt threw me off a bit was the quick transitions that didn’t flow nicely. There was no “dissolving screen” to the next scene, or fade transition. It was hard, black screens and it left me actually rubbing the corner of the pages with my thumb and index finger thinking I had missed a page. And it was a common trend through the entire story. Of course, that is a bit nitpicky, but when I’m reading a good story, I want it to have a nice and steady flow.

Something I always bust balls over is when there’s what’s supposed to be a twist, but is so blatantly not. I did so with Scott Snyder in Dark Nights: Metal, and I’m doing it here with the classic trope of someone being revealed to be evil only to later (not so really) find out they’re “under cover”. It comes off as like lazy writing, and I know Higgins isn’t a lazy writer.

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