Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ new Recharge volume has revealed the plot for the upcoming start of the Darkest Hour Event. The listing for the new collection of issues has surprised fans by highlighting the Hyperforce Rangers and an iconic Ranger series from the Saban era. The highly anticipated event was shared by a member of the fandom as a listing on Amazon revealed details of the plot, including characters featured in the new Unlimited one-shot comics releasing this year. The description also reveals another Ranger team joining the fight alongside a mix of Mighty Morphin Rangers featured in the comics so far.
As the iconic franchise celebrates its 30th anniversary with releases such as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always and Power Rangers Cosmic Fury. Boom! Studios have also added an exciting new event as Darkest Hour begins from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #111, which will be as momentous as the Shattered Grid event for the 25th anniversary.
The One-shot comics Power Rangers Unlimited: Coinless and Power Rangers Unlimited: Hyperforce has already been revealed to be part of the upcoming event, which will see the return of iconic originals from the Power Rangers universe. Both releases continue the events of characters featured in the 25th anniversary of the franchise as they return for the latest celebration.
Power Rangers Going Wild with Hyperforce in Darkest Hour Comic Event
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Recharged Vol. 4 has revealed the upcoming story featured at the start of the 30th-anniversary anniversary comic event, Darkest Hour. The listing on Amazon was shared by @Martian_Ranger who highlighted the plot to the fandom regarding the inclusion of Power Rangers Hyperforce, the Drakkon Rangers, and even the Power Rangers Wild Force team. A huge surprise mentioned is that the Wild Force Rangers are the first to be given the zombified treatment teases as they are described as “cadaverously possessed”, while lined up as foes alongside the Death Ranger and the return of an evil bounty hunter.
A huge mix of characters are also highlighted in the plot including a team of Rangers consisting of Trini, Zac, Kimberly, Tommy, and Aisha, facing against the new Green Ranger, Matt, who has fallen to an evil spell. The Hyperforce Rangers have also been mentioned as a major addition to the story as they help try to fix the timeline broken by the new threats. The story for the upcoming comics will be created by writer Melissa Flores and artist Simona Di Gianfelice (All-New Firefly), along with guest artist Hendry Prasetya creating the new cover for the volume.
“Mistress Vile has won. With control of the Morphin Grid and Dark Specter’s infection spreading throughout all of time and space, the separated and stranded Rangers receive help from the last team they’d expect, but the DRAKKON RANGERS may not be the help they were hoping for… Meanwhile, if relationships at their breaking point weren’t enough chaos for Trini, Zack, Kimberly, and Tommy to contend with, it’ll take a team effort with Aisha to break the vile spell cast on their close friend and the current Green Ranger, Matt.
And with the Death Ranger, the cadaverously possessed Wild Force Rangers, and the return of an evil bounty hunter also in the mix, their Master plan best not fail… or the Rangers may be erased from existence forever–good thing the HyperForce Rangers are also on the scene! In the tradition of Shattered Grid and coinciding with the 30th anniversary of Power Rangers, writer Melissa Flores (Dead Lucky) and artist Simona Di Gianfelice (All-New Firefly) along with guest artist Hendry Prasetya deliver the highly anticipated event that will forever change the Power Rangers universe! Collects Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #111-114.” –Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Recharged Vol. 4 – Story Synopsis from Amazon
This is such a huge reveal as there has yet to be any information regarding the release, which was expected during Power Month this August. It was already revealed that the Hyperforce Rangers and Drakkon Rangers would be part of the upcoming event, but fans weren’t expecting the reveal of the possessed Wild Force Rangers. Wild Force was the 10th anniversary season for Power Rangers so it’s fantastic that they are being included in this huge comic event. There is such a huge list of threats included in the first four issues so it will be scary to imagine what could come next in the issues that follow, especially as the 30th-anniversary anniversary event will last a whole year.
A preview of Hyperforce Green and the White Ranger was previously revealed by artist Taurin Clarke, which sees both Rangers tied up. This was a sneak preview of an upcoming variant cover that could also suggest why the 6th Ranger may not be on the main cover for the upcoming one-shot comic. However, since Tommy is also present, this may just be a glimpse of the story that will unfold.
Power Rangers Unlimited: The Coinless #1 will be written by Adam Cesare and released on June 28, 2023, which will return fans to the world of the Coinless and introduce the Drakkon Rangers. Power Rangers Unlimited: HyperForce #1 will be written by Melissa Flores and Meghan Camarena and will be released on July 19, 2023.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Recharged Vol. 4 will be released as a Paperback copy on April 30, 2024. The first issue of the Darkest Hour event will be Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #111, which will be part of the 30th-anniversary celebration and released on August 23, 2023.
What do you think of the upcoming Darkest Hour comic event? Are you shocked by the Wild Force Rangers revealed as possessed? Will you be getting Power Rangers Unlimited: The Coinless #1? Let us know on social media and keep following The Illuminerdi for more Power Rangers news, we’re always watching.