Shattered Grid has invaded Go Go Power Rangers, and we get all the details on the Ranger Slayer's big debut.
Spoilers incoming for Saban's Go Go Power Rangers #9, so if you haven't read it yet you can check out more of our Shattered Grid coverage here.
ComicBook.com had the chance to sit down with Go Go Power Rangers writer Ryan Parrott, BOOM! Studios editor Dafna Pleban, and Director of Power Rangers Content for Saban Brands Melissa Flores, where we discussed the latest issue and the overall response to the Ranger Slayer's debut and her amazing design.
"That one's kind of amazing. I ... this is sort of my first go into the world of creating a character and then having people cosplay and draw it," Parrott said. "I started seeing on Twitter people sketching the character. It was so cool. So I mean it's kind of amazing just to have people react to it so quickly and I couldn't agree more
Dan Mora's delivered some gorgeous covers and interiors to the series and designed that incredible costume for the Ranger Slayer.
"He's taken every panel and everything that I write and he makes it ten times better," Parrott said. "Everything from the Ranger Slayer to the
"Yeah I mean we love him at Saban too," Flores said. "He's absolutely fantastic. I was actually a fan of his before he was even
Mora is a big-time Power Rangers fan, and you definitely see that enthusiasm on the page.
"Dan is a true blue fan of Power Rangers," Pleban said. "I remember hanging out with him at San Diego last year he drew our epic, sort of gigantic, connecting cover and he told me that he had used Power Ranger action figures as anatomy reference so he was really excited to be able to actually draw the Rangers and not just, you know as a background. For Dan, it's really much a passion project as well. I mean I think you see that on the page."
One of Dan's early sequences in the issue shows an edgier Kimberly saving Bulk and company from some Mastadon Sentries. While things segue into the present
"One of the tricks that we do in Go Go Power Rangers is I like to use the first two or three pages of each issue to sort of jump around in time and show things from different times, you know just to give a little bit of character," Parrott said. "Little details and stuff. Stuff that ties in thematically. Stuff that reveals, you know just things that you're going to see in the future and so this year we're going to see a little bit of how Kimberly became the Ranger Slayer. So that is, in the opening that is ... that is Kimberly in the Drakkon universe."
This also ties into the previous Power Rangers 2017 Annual in a subtle way.
"Oh we kind of told a secret origin in the Drakkon universe story but in the annual for 2017 I think it was story that Kyle Higgins and Goni did kind of shows where the Drakkon universe really takes off proper with the Rangers not finding Tommy in time after the sort of darkness is broken and Rita finding him first," Pleban said. "So what Ryan does really well with
The mini origins have become a
"One of the things that Ryan does incredibly well in the
Giving that extra definition to these characters has been immensely rewarding for someone who loves the franchise.
"That ties into the long history of sort of tragic villains that sort of ... that go into the Power Rangers universe," Parrott said. "So I just sort if tapped into the DNA on what they already established over the last twenty-five years, so it's been nice to be able to put a brick
While many aspects of the Ranger Slayer's history will be covered in the pages of
"You know, regardless of whether or not it's explained in this book, which I'm not saying yes or no, there are ... it's never just the end of where we can take these stories and where we can find those answers," Flores said. "Just like we did with Shattered Grid and the HyperForce crossover where we try to tease a lot of things it's ... there's always an opportunity for more depth to these tiny little, beautiful details that Ryan gives us in these books."
"Yeah that's actually a great point," Parrott said. "I mean to think about if I just laid everything out and show you everything I think it would sort of defeat some of the
Parrott benefited from that rather open-ended storytelling, and that blank spot on the canvas in regards to Kimberly is where the Ranger Slayer grew from.0comments
"You know when Kyle was doing the first run on Mighty Morphin, he left Kimberly sort of off the table and didn't tell you where that character was. What's just great about that was when we started to find a place for Go Go to fit into the Shattered Grid series it was so great to have that character available because it works so well to sort of bring a personal villain into the series. So I actually think that in a weird way by not showing you everything, actually leaving parts open that you can ... so later it helps you expand upon the characters in the universe."
You can check out the rest of our Shattered Grid coverage here, and Saban's Go Go Power Rangers #9 is in comic stores now.