Boom! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will feature many characters in the upcoming Darkest Hour comic event. As some fans are behind on the recent releases, we have compiled the most important issues you should read to catch up. We also include notes on moments from previous issues that link up to the current story, including the arcs that contain significant moments that lead into the new event. As there is only one comic left until the 30th-anniversary event, here are the top comics you should read before the biggest event begins.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers has featured many events and story arcs since it began in 2016. Boom! Studios comics breathed further life into the original series as characters were given more depth and even new designs were introduced from new Megazords to brand-new Rangers. Creators that left their mark on the series include Kyle Higgins, Marguerite Bennett, and Ryan Parrott, with 7 defining storylines featured over the years. The latest arc will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Power Rangers franchise as Melissa Flores begins the 12-month comic event.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! Prepare for the Darkest Hour
Many fans have been stuck within specific comics, as so many issues have been released over the years. As the large line-up can be confusing, we have listed the major moments to take note of, plus the recent releases you will need to dive into before Darkest Hour begins. The new comic event will feature writer Melissa Flores as she starts the 30th-anniversary event that will be as momentous as the Shattered Grid event for the 25th anniversary of Power Rangers. Here are major footnotes that feed into the new storyline, including one-shot graphic novels from Boom! Studios.
- Comics Before Shattered Grid – Foundation of the Season 1 team’s story including MMPR #0 to #23 & Go Go PR up to #7. This includes the debut of the Coinless World.
- Shattered Grid Event – The major event that features Lord Drakkon after his return to the coinless world and breaks the Morphin Grid.
- Beyond The Grid Arc – Features the Ranger Slayer, and other Rangers across time, who meet the Solar Ranger.
- Necessary Evil Arc – Moves on to Season 2 with Tommy as White Ranger and the secret mission that leads Jason, Trini, and Zack to becoming Omega Rangers. Also features how Ranger Slayer returns to the Coinless world and how Kiya is defeated. Go Go Power Rangers issues also feature Alpha-1.
- Unlimited Power Arc – Starts Mighty Morphin & Power Rangers comics as Go Go Power Rangers ends, leading to an intertwined story within Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Features a new Green Ranger with identity revealed, while the Omega Rangers team up with Lord Drakkon.
- The Eltarian War Arc – Short arc that features the aftermath of Unlimited Power as Zedd’s past is revealed and Yale premieres as Omega Blue Ranger.
- Power Rangers: Ranger Slayer & Drakkon New Dawn – After the coinless version of Kimberly returns after Necessary Evil, the story outlines her ascent and how the Coinless world changes before Power Rangers Unlimited: The Coinless #1.
There are many other comics released such as various one-shots and the Power Rangers Universe comics, but these could be enjoyed at your leisure. Most happen in various time periods that may not come into effect, but they are great to enjoy without worrying about how they tie into the new event. Power Rangers: Sins Of The Future is a splendid example as it acts as an indirect sequel to the TTRPG, Power Rangers Hyperforce Season 1, which references the Hyperforce program.
Main Comics to catch up for Upcoming Story
There are specific comics that directly feed into the upcoming story for the 30th anniversary, which includes recent releases such as Power Rangers Unlimited: The Coinless and Power Rangers Unlimited: Hyperforce. The Charge To 100 features the Death Ranger, previously known as the Gold Omega Ranger, but the Power Rangers Unlimited: Death Ranger provides a substantial background to the character too. The main thing to know is exactly what fans need to read before Darkest Hour begins, which includes the following releases.
- Charge to 100 Arc – Features Omega Rangers meeting Andros and the debut of the Death Ranger. Also features the Season 2 team, with 7 Rangers, recovering after Eltarian War. Mighty Morphin #18-22 and Power Rangers #18-22 up to the Finale, which combines both comics back into Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for issue 100.
- Power Rangers Unlimited: The Death Ranger – Prequel for Death Ranger’s origins
- Recharged Arc – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #101 to #109, which features Melissa Flores taking over the comics.
- Power Rangers Unlimited: The Coinless #1 – Introduces a new team of Rangers with Lord Drakkon featured in Darkest Hour
- Power Rangers Unlimited: Hyperforce #1 – Continues the Hyperforce Rangers after their 25-episode 1st season. Directly integrates into the Darkest Hour event.
The Darkest Hour event will be a huge debut that will be excruciating to miss, especially if you start the comics too late into the 12-month schedule of releases. Melissa Flores, Simona Di Gianfelice, and the team have gifted fans with a momentous story to look forward to, just as the fate of the TV series remains a mystery after Power Rangers Cosmic Fury. There is still a month left to prepare before the epic new arc begins with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #111, so make sure to enjoy the latest content before this massive story starts to unfold.
Boom! Studios Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will begin the Darkest Hour event on August 23, 2023, with issue 111. Power Rangers Unlimited: The Coinless and Power Rangers Unlimited: Hyperforce #1 are prelude releases for the upcoming story, with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #110 also part of the prelude releasing on July 26.
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