The Untold Story…
One day you’re just a normal high schooler, and the next thing you know you’re saving the world! This is the untold story of what happened to Jason, Kimberly, Trini, Zack, and Billy following the day they became Power Rangers. Fighting evil is hard, but surviving high school may be even harder—welcome to life in Angel Grove!
Dan Mora: Artist from Costa Rica, artist on Klaus, a new father, happy husband, and a huge Power Rangers fan
Ryan Parrott: Writer on Hulu’s “Chance,” Star Trek, Batman: Gates of Gotham
First of all, how excited are you to be working on Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers? What do the Power Rangers mean to you personally?
Parrott: One of the most amazing things about working in comics is getting to contribute to something that I grew up loving and, in some ways, made me who I am. I watched Power Rangers on Saturday mornings, failed continually to construct the Megazord toys and, like so many males my age, crushed on Kimberly. Now, I get to evolve the Ranger’s story for a modern audience and bring out all of the things I love about them. It’s an equally surreal and daunting experience.
Mora: The Power Rangers were a big part of my childhood and one of the reasons I got into drawing. Now that I can actually draw them, it is a big deal for me.
Go Go picks up the day after Jason, Zack, Kimberly, Billy, and Trini become Power Rangers. What’s going through their heads? How are they handling this new power?
Parrott: I imagine it’s some combination of: “Oh my god, I get to drive a giant robot dinosaur but also—I have geometry homework.” That’s really the whole conceit of the book—how do you balance the craziness of your new secret superhero life while managing the responsibilities of your regular student life which, for most teenagers, is demanding enough. But what makes the Power Rangers special is that, unlike most superheroes who have to do it alone, these kids are all in the same boat and have one another to rely and confide in.
Which Ranger do you relate to the most?
Parrott: I’d love to say “Jason” but, since I’m only a yellow belt in Karate, I probably have way more in common with the shy, computer nerd who doesn’t know how to talk to girls and constantly feels overwhelmed by the world. Billy’s stories almost always come from some part of my real life— especially because I once invented a flying car.
Mora: My favorite Ranger always was and always will be Zack.
What can we look forward to seeing from the Rangers in this series that’s different from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comics?
Parrott: Well, if you love the original Rangers, you can look forward to learning a lot more about them. We’re going to jump around in time and answer questions I’ve always had but ones that the series and comics really haven’t had the time to answer. Simple things like: How did the Rangers meet? Were there always just five of them? What ACTUALLY happens when they morph? What is their home life like? Stuff like that. The goal of “Go Go” is to tell intimate, grounded stories about these characters and show just how they evolved into heroes.