SABAN’s POWER RANGERS: THE PSYCHO PATH / Writer: Paul Allor / Artist: Giuseppe Cafaro / Colorists: Marcelo Costa / Cover Artist: Diego Galindo / Letterer: Ed Dukeshire / Publisher: Boom Studios / Published: October 9, 2019
Let’s Go, Psycho!
The entire Power Rangers is filled with mostly forgettable villains that come and go on a weekly basis only to be defeated by the Rangers coming together, probably learning a lesson along the way, to overcome them. Then there are the Psycho Rangers. A terrifying force of evil Rangers that menaced not one, but two teams of Rangers and were only defeated due to their chaotic nature and literally fighting both the In Space and Lost Galaxy teams. Now Paul Allor (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe) and Giuseppe Cafaro (Saban’s Power Rangers: Soul of the Dragon) have brought them back with the newer Psycho Green Ranger to return the dread of Dark Spector, but they need the help of the core five’s creator Astronema. Sadly, she’s now forsaken here evil ways and returned to being Karone the second Pink Galaxy Ranger and Andros’s, the Red In Space Ranger, sister.
A journey of the Soul
Each of the Psycho Rangers, a force that truly scared young Power Ranger fans, are given faces, identities, and names that in a humanizing adventure of self-discovery, partly thanks to Green’s new loyalty programming, while being tracked by Andros and the other Rangers. Meanwhile, Karone is dealing with her own inner villain with Astronema, and the Green Psycho Ranger is genuinely trying to keep the Rangers evil.
Each Ranger has their moment. Psycho Red deals with his anger at the Power Rangers from getting killed twice, Psycho Pink discovering the idea of family through recovery, Psycho Yellow relishes in the loyalty of a group, Psycho Black questions his new trust in Karone, Psycho Blue realizes he’s more than a weapon, and even Psycho Green discovers the necessity for the team.
To be Continued
This remarkable story ends with a will they won’t they cliffhanger for now relatable, but still possibly evil Psycho Rangers who continue their Journey. Hopefully this will lead to their own ongoing or more Power Ranger books in general because Boom Studios has been killing it with these short Graphic Novels.
Verdict: 4.5 out of 5
There’s also a telling of Psycho Green’s origin, “Psychotic”, in the back that you might want to skip to first by Trey Moore and French Carlomagno. It’s a short story of how he went from being a Supersonic Power Ranger on the Planet Xybria to becoming a servant of Dark Spector. Also good, but felt overall unnecessary for the other story.