Writer: Tom Taylor / Artist: Stephen Byrne / DC Comics, Boom! Comics
Aye, I’m done being diplomatic, this is my shit. Justice League Power Rangers is the most fun crossover you’ll ever read if you allow yourself to enjoy life. Not the best, by no means the most original, but dammit this series knows what it is, and what it is, is fun. The whole thing is punchlines, superhero bars, and action, which means Justice League Power Rangers is exactly what it should be: funny, heroic, and exciting. It’s also a great entry point to new readers, perhaps younger, who need an introduction to the cast, or for those who can simply find entertainment in the two universes colliding, seeing the Power Rangers through the Justice League’s lens and vice versa.
Zedd and Braniac have teamed up and we see their plan unfold with the villains themselves largely absent, which is great use of panel space as that time is better spent highlighting aspects like culture shock from the Power Rangers and a rallying call to Justice League members around the world. However brief, cameos from the wider DC Universe are awesome to see, as well as the hero crossover panels of the Rangers fighting alongside your favorite League member. That’s what we all came to see – the Flash running with a yellow sabretooth tiger zord or Green Lantern fighting with a green dragonzord behind him.
I was initially skeptical of Brainiac as the DC villain the series for Zedd to team up with, but any doubt is laid aside here in how the Brainiac Drones were used to sabotage the Power Rangers and play a great foil to their abilities while progressing the plot. Their arrival was also written and drawn with a great build, a dramatic lead up to their appearance and what it meant to the ongoing fight.
The artwork also does the damn thing, capturing the fast-paced action and the tone this series needed to feel true to both franchises. Overall, Justice League Power Rangers is a joy to read for fans of either franchise. I’m hype for what’s to come.
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