Nitro Battlers #1 (Inkskratch)


Rating: 3/5 – Fun homage to classic Power Rangers / Super Sentai.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.

I you ever loved Power Rangers or it’s Japanese roots in Super Sentai and have a sense of fun, you should like Nitro Battlers.  To me, this read like an homage to these properties.  I’ll admit, I didn’t grow up on these, but watched them from the sidelines as my kids sat engrossed in the world of the Rangers.  I went to the 1995 Power Rangers movie along with my son and was entertained for an hour and a half.

I can see someone reading this and simply dismissing it as a rip-off, I’m not going to do that.  I can see what writer/artist Eric Kim is trying to do here and it seems clear to me he has a love for the source material and wants to add his own story to the genre (Kim seems to be a fan of TMNT also, based on jump-suited female reporter Mary McMeal).

The story focuses on Nitro Red, the last of the Nitro Battlers, Blue, Pink, Yellow and Black having hung up their costumes during the years following Nitro Green’s death.  A fan of the Nitro Battlers, Ben, steps in and helps Nitro Red, Kyle, after a battle at the beginning of the book and helps Kyle work through a crisis of faith over the course of the issue.  Kim’s art is serviceable but suffers from non-existent or rudimentary background detail on most pages and facial details that get lost in the heavy shading/blacks of the black and white art in a number of places.

All in all, this was a fun read.  Taking a Power Rangers-esque team to a more adult level while keeping the silly monster battling fun and vehicles that combine into a giant robot.  If you’re not too serious and have even a small soft spot for the Rangers, this is definitely worth checking out in digital for 99 cents on the Inkskratch store:

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