Review: Teenagers With Attitude No More In ‘Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn’ #2

by James Ferguson


Who is the Unknown Ranger? Kimberly tries to put the pieces together of the world left broken by Lord Drakkon, but will it be enough?


Revelations abound as Kimberly, aka the Ranger Slayer, tries to pick up the pieces left in Lord Drakkon’s wake. This has put her on a collision course with a new and powerful enemy, but she is not alone in this battle. Drakkon’s remaining forces and the Coinless have united behind her. Plus, the mysterious Unknown Ranger, kept imprisoned in the Deadlock for ages, has risen up, but is he a help or a hindrance?

In the scheme of things, the identity of the Unknown Ranger is a pretty obvious one. Although it has the entire 25+ year history of Power Rangers to work with, BOOM! Studios has focused primarily on the Mighty Morphin team. That’s understandable as that is the most well known and most popular. In any case, writer Anthony Burch provides some new twists and turns for these familiar characters, putting them into different situations that we’ve never seen them in before.
The versions of these characters are grown up. They’re not the teenagers with attitude we were introduced to on Saturday mornings ages ago. They’ve seen hardships and have lost a lot. There’s blood on their hands. There’s a small glimmer of hope since Drakkon has been taken out, but that doesn’t mean they’re out of the woods.

Colorist Raul Angulo casts a dark cloud over the events of Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #2. This goes well with the overall dreary tone of the setting. Angulo uses a slightly faded palette for the Unknown Ranger’s story, differentiating it from the rest of the book while also showcasing just how desolate this world can be.
Although he’s out of the picture, Drakkon’s presence is still very much felt. He’s seen in the flashbacks too. Artist Simone Ragazzoni gives the villain a twisted and sinister appearance. His face contorts into a menacing sneer as he taunts and tortures his victim. It’s clear that there is not a good bone in this man’s body.

While this over-expressiveness works well in some circumstances, Ragazzoni’s artwork is a lot looser than what we’ve grown accustomed to in Power Rangers comics. This gives it an unpolished look, which can work in some areas, but comes across more like it’s unfinished. They could be tightened up a bit to give the forms more definition.
We sift through a lot of exposition in this issue as we’re in the midpoint of this brief series. Burch has a small amount of space to set up what is sure to be a huge battle in the final chapter. Letterer Ed Dukeshire handles this well, placing the word balloons and caption boxes in such a way as to not overwhelm the reader, while still getting the point across.

There is still so much to explore in this broken world as Kimberly and the others start to pick up the pieces. We’re gearing up for a huge battle as dissension starts to break out within the ranks. Will this house of cards tumble? Or will a strong foundation arise? Will we see any other familiar faces? For now, this Elseworlds style story is rushing forward at a breakneck pace.
Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #2 from BOOM! Studios is currently available at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.

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