What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #1! Never sleep on these Power Rangers books. I’ve said it time and time again that these books are something to appreciate for everything these creative teams are able to do with the books which are just not possible in the shows. Who would have thought we would get the story we did out of Drakkon and his invasion, and get back around to it again now for a book which focuses on what happens after the Kimberly of this universe takes over? Not this guy. So there was definitely some anxiousness to see what this first issue would have in store for us.
Now as the first issue, one might question if you should have read the Power Rangers: Ranger Slayer one-shot before jumping into this? Honestly? I would say that you should. The gist is obviously that Kim has taken over as ruler, and everyone is living in the same city now. However, this doesn’t change the importance of context. As in having a good understanding of what made Kim the best choice as ruler where others were more in control of themselves throughout most of this madness. Does this mean you will be lost without that information? Not at all, but it would still be recommended giving the way that this first issue jumps right into what came next.
That would actually be one of the best things about this first issue. Since there was an issue before this which set events in motion, this first issue wasted little time showing us what kind of obstacles Kim would have to face as ruler. This wasn’t going to be one of those stories where peace and order would come easily. These are people who either spent many years being terrorized, or they spent just as many years being the oppressor on top of the food chain. Changes to that are always easier said than done, and the prime example they gave for us was quite intense. So with that said, I thought it was the smart move that they peeled the band-aid right off to emphasize the trouble everyone in a position of authority would also face. Especially when you know that everyone wants something different from this new world.
Which brings us to what Kim was willing to do not only to purge the world of Drakkon’s legacy, but prove that being leader does not make her the new Drakkon. We already knew that this was going to involve taking down the Deadlock (the prison tower where Drakkon held all those who opposed him), though the question was really what was going to go wrong if this was also supposed to be where Lord Drakkon kept his worst secrets. That took some time for us to get around to, though the wait was worth it for the build-up of suspense. I mean, I was surprised that there wasn’t anyone aware of who or what it was that Kim decided to bring back with her from the Deadlock. Though that would have ruined what turned out to be a great reveal once the time came to understand what Drakkon planned for if he lost.
With that said, I was shocked that they didn’t decide to go with Dan Mora as penciler for this book. Up to the release of this book, they were pretty good about using some of the artists who worked on previous books or issues. Though I would not say that the art team of Simone Ragazzoni and Raul Angulo was bad either. They were a solid team put together and nailed capturing the essence of a world that has still yet to know peace. I was more impressed by Simone as the penciler because you flip open to that first page and you would be too looking at so much work that went into rendering this world. The many people, buildings structures, the interior of the castle. The list goes on and you can tell that she approached this with a strong attention to the finer details. Some artists might also cut some corners in order to get so much going on in a single panel or page, but that was not Simone. My only problem was that there was a lot of scenes which of course read differently digital because of the way that you would have to skip a page to continue with what came next in the following panel. It’s good in small doses, though not something you want to get thrown off by too many times.
Overall, Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #1 was a book worth taking a chance on. You have to give credit where it is due that they have left no stone unturned in the Power Rangers multiverse.