Power Rangers: Sins of the Future is the latest graphic novel in the Power Rangers universe and it’s pretty good. It follows the Time Force Rangers, although really, it just follows Jen Scotts. The graphic novel comes from a team of talented folks and includes a story by Trey Moore (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) written by Matthew Erman (Bonding), illustrated by Giuseppe Cafaro (Saban’s Power Rangers: Soul of The Dragon), and lettered by Ed Dukeshire. If you haven’t been able to read it yet, you can grab a physical copy from your local comic shop or a digital copy through comiXology. Big thanks to BOOM! Studios for providing me with a digital copy.
First, I know that in the preview there’s mention of Hyperforce and that sparked some conversation about its inclusion. Many fans will recognize this as the team from the RPG stream a few years ago. Well, even if you haven’t watched Hyperforce, you can still enjoy Sins of the Future. There are a couple of mentions and nods here and there, but they’re very minor and really don’t have any significance to the actual plot of the graphic novel.
Sins of the Future has an interesting story that plays with a bit more time travel more than the original show. Jen keeps going back to Silver Hills to see Wes and go on dates, and apparently, that has the potential to really cause problems for the future. Throw a new Time Force Black Ranger who travels through time to hunt Jen and that can lead to more time travel craziness. They never get silly or ridiculous with the time travel which is very nice. The time travel makes sense and has purpose.
The new Time Force Black Ranger is an interesting duck. At first, their motivation seems petty, but as the story progresses, you learn that there’s more to it and I really appreciated that. The villain evolves, not because they change, but because our understanding of them does.
I will admit that the ending of Sins of the Future left me a little confused. I don’t want to get into details for fear of spoiling things, but I feel a lot like Wes does in the last few pages.
I do want to give a shoutout to the way that Jen solves the main conflict. It’s not just: defeat the monster, the monster grows, Zords are used to defeat the monster, and everyone’s happy. I think that’s what I appreciate the most about many of the graphic novels being written. They’re much freer with how they go about telling the story and don’t have to stick with the same formula as the show.
If you enjoy Power Rangers, and especially if you like Time Force, then you’ll definitely want to read Sins of the Future.