Recent origin asides and yearly annuals notwithstanding, it’s been a while since we’ve last seen the Rangers proper. BOOM!’s flagship title at last returns to finish what it started, Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya bringing their latest arc to its explosive conclusion.
While technically broken up, the connective nature of the book’s last few arcs makes it feel like the Rangers have been dealing with the one singular conflict for quite some time. Writer Higgins has certainly made the most of that long-form approach, with a detailed attention to world building and some strong character development, yet there was the feeling going into this final stretch that there was just too much to bring it all together. Thankfully, that’s not the case. He mirrors the final standoff with Lord Drakkon to the attack by Rita Repulsa darn near perfectly, his stakes real and his character moments earned. With a split narrative and a slew of similar (or identical) characters dotting multiple timelines, the risk of the plot devolving into a jumbled mess was high. And yet, by keeping the focus squarely on the well-known traits that define his core cast, Higgins is able to bring his finale together with only a few bumps and bruises.