Justice League/Power Rangers #1 (of 6) (DC Comics/Boom Studios)
DC Comics have become the go-to publisher for intercompany crossovers lately. From the Green Lantern Corps meeting the crew of the Enterprise to Batman and the Ninja Turtles teaming up, DC has done some pretty wild crossovers the past few years. But none are as wild as Justice League/Power Rangers, which features, well, the Justice League teaming up with the Power Rangers. This is one crossover that could be really dumb, but after checking out the first issue, I can easily say that so far the Tom Taylor and Stephen Byrne crossover is one hell of an awesome ride.
Unlike other crossovers, Justice League/Power Rangers wastes no time setting up the who, what, where, and why of the crossover. With this debut issue, we get to see the Black Power Ranger take on Lord Zedd, which leads to the two of them being transported to the DC universe thanks to a malfunction in the Rangers’ morphers. The other Rangers follow to find him, but come across Batman, who takes on the whole team single-handedly before (begrudgingly) calling in The Flash for back up.
Tom Taylor’s script is a ton of fun, and adds to the charm of the story. Taylor knows that this isn’t the next Watchmen. This is a fun team up book that should be borderline goofy (and it is). There’s not a lot of interaction between the Power Rangers and the League just yet, but Taylor, who primarily is known for the great Injustice comics, has a great handle on the inner workings of the morphing teenagers. Really the only complaint I have is with his characterization of Zedd, who delivers one too many zingers while fighting the Black Ranger.
Stephen Byrne’s art style is pretty much the perfect fit for this type of book. Byrne’s cartoony style is great for the over the top Kaiju moments that Power Rangers inspires, but it’s not so out there that it looks out of place when we see characters like Batman and the Flash arrive. Byrne’s characterizations and drawing style suits both worlds well, unlike in previous DC crossover events, where one universe or set of characters looked better than the other.
If you’re looking for a fun crossover, or something for the younger comic reader in your life, Justice League/Power Rangers is the perfect book. It’s got all the makings of a fun crossover, and if it everything goes as I hope, I’ll get to see Batman fight Lord Zedd. For now though, I’ll have to settle for the Pterodactyl Droid taking on the Batmobile, which is a sentence I never thought I would ever type.