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The Omega Rangers

Power Rangers is a 2020 comic book series based on the Power Rangers franchise in general and the first instalment of the same name in particular, and is published by Boom! Studios. It serves as a sequel to Boom Studios' Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (Boom! Studios) and is written by Ryan Parrott (Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (2016), Go Go Power Rangers).

Jason, Trini and Zack — the original Power Rangers, now known as the Omega Rangers — are faced with a new cosmic threat that only they can hope to defeat! But their secret weapon is… the villainous Lord Drakkon?! Zordon forbids the Omega Rangers from contacting Drakkon, so if they want to save the universe then they’ll have to go rogue – and go up against their Mighty Morphin allies.

Launched as part of the "Unlimited Power" initiative alongside Mighty Morphin (2020). Both titles lasted for 22 issues before be relaunched as Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers for its 100th issue.

Power Rangers (2020) contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: The queen of Hartunia gets down on her knees and begs the Omega Rangers to save what little of her people they can.
  • Almost Dead Guy: The Blue Emissary is... pretty dead, and has been for a while, thanks to Kiya stabbing them, but is revealed to be lingering on in some way in issue #10 so as to lead Yale to the Omega Water Ranger powers.
  • Apocalyptic Log: Issue 12 has Trini making one, trying to broadcast out a warning about the Empyreals.
  • Call-Forward: The action in issues 6 and 7 takes place on Onyx, the home of the Bad Guy Bar from In Space and Lost Galaxy.
  • Asshole Victim: Deconstructed. The Empyreals target Hartunia, a horrible planet built on a empire which attacks species utterly incapable of mustering any defense. Xi and Drakkon even point out their destruction would not be any real loss to the universe... but this doesn't make it right to wipe out an entire species.
  • Came Back Wrong: Andros initially tries to excuse Zhane's changes after his "resurrection" as just him having been through a difficult experience, but it becomes clear that's wrong when Zhane stabs Jason.
  • Continuity Nod: Jumping onto the train, Trini fervently notes to herself not to look down, a nod to her fear of heights.
  • Cute But Psycho: A younger Astronema, free of the restraints of being a Saturday morning TV villain, is a little more unhinged, as you'd expect of being raised as an evil warrior.
    Astronema: (to Jason) I've killed Rangers before. Bashed in your pretty little helmets. Shattered your morphers. It was fun... and I'm gonna do the same to you.
  • Do Wrong, Right: Drakkon disapproves of the Hartunians not because of their empire building, but because they pick on weak enemies who can't put up a decent fight.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Ecliptor and Astronema put in an appearance a few years ahead of time. Later on, Andros meets Jason on KO-35.
  • Enemy Mine: Trini teams up with Ecliptor to rescue Jason, Zack and Astronema from the SPD on Onyx.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • Astronema's been raised to believe Rangers are selfish and evil, and that everyone in the universe feels that way.
    • Drakkon thinks Jason just wants to be a Ranger to hurt people.
    • The king of Hartunia believes the Omega Rangers have only showed up to warn him about the Empyreals so they can steal the glory of beating them.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Zartus has unleashed the Empyreals, but they make it clear behind his back that the minute they've fulfilled their bargain with him, they will turn on him.
  • Flash Forward: The second issue opens with Trini floating amidst debris in the vacuum of space. Once we catch up to her proper, it turns out she intentionally spaced herself and some enemies to quickly get rid of them.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Subverted with the queen of Hartunia. She initially appears as a typical tyrant of the raving, shouting maniac school. She actually turns out to be an example of My Species Doth Protest Too Much, sides with the Rangers, and tries to save some of her people from the Empyreals.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Dark Spectre. And also Zartus, as the one who let the Empyreals loose.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The Yellow Emissary is torn in half by the Empyreals. Lengthways.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The possessed Zhane stabs Jason in the back as the first step in the Gold Omega Ranger's plan to corrupt the galaxy.
  • Internal Reveal: It's only during their meeting with the Yellow Emissary that the trio learn just how the Blue Emissary died back in the previous series, namely at Kiya's hands.
  • Lampshade Hanging:
    • Rocky expresses his worries about not living up to Jason’s legacy as the Red Ranger, in part because Rocky taking up the mantle coincided with Tommy being made the new leader of the team.
    • When Trini does a traditional Ki-yaaa jumping a train, Ecliptor asks if she has to do that. She says she does.
  • Mummies at the Dinner Table: Drakkon's got more than a few screws lose to begin with, and has started talking to the Saba from his universe. Who he killed.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In issue #1, Rocky admits to Jason that he’s worried that he’s not living up to Jason’s legacy as the Red Ranger. In Power Rangers Zeo, Jason becoming the Gold Ranger leads to Rocky being insecure that he’s being replaced by his predecessor.
    • During issue #7, Zack does a variation of his old "round and round the [x] goes" catchphrase.
    • Drakkon remarks he wouldn't be surprised if the Empyreals were the power that wiped out the dinosaurs. According to either Dino Charge or Dino Fury, they aren't.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Andros, desperately seeking a way to revive Zhane, releases the Gold Omega Ranger. What he doesn't realize until its too late is that the Gold Omega Ranger seeks to control the cosmos as a gathering of zombie-like beings.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Drakkon says so of Zack when he zaps Drakkon's shock-collar just to win a game.
  • Panthera Awesome: Yale, a large alien cat-creature who tags along with the team. And eventually becomes the next Omega Water Ranger.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Drakkon's reaction to seeing the Empyreals prepare to burn Hartunia to the ground? Ask if there are any snacks on the ship.
    Drakkon: I'd like a little popcorn when they see what it's like to be on the other side of an invasion.
  • Power Trio: Jason, Trini and Zack.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Lord Drakkon.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Issue 7 begins with Ecliptor describing a... highly inaccurate version of Astronema's origins to the trio, with highlights such as Karone and Andros's parents being loyal servants of Dark Spectre, KO-35 being attacked by the Power Rangers, and Darkonda being a "noble general". Trini almost immediately calls him on this,
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Jason, Zack and Trini bust out Drakkon from the Command Center to help find the Empyreals, despite the fact that this goes against everything they have been taught as Rangers. Jason accuses Zordon of being too soft.
  • Wham Shot: The end of issue #8 reveals the master of the Empyreals is Zartus of Eltar.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When Zordon finds out what the Omega Rangers did to Alpha and Drakkon, he calls them out of this major betrayal before vowing to send the Rangers after them if they ever set foot on Earth again.
  • What You Are in the Dark: During the evacuation of Hartunia, Zack tries to get the ship to wait for the queen. She doesn't turn up, but her evil husband does. Zack watches and closes the hatch as he approaches, and lies to Drakkon, who did see him, that there was no-one approaching.
  • You Have Failed Me: Ecliptor is motivated to save Astronema not just because he cares for her, but also because if Dark Spectre finds out she'd failed and gotten caught, they'd be killed.