POWER RANGERS: Ranger Slayer Returns to Kick Off 2024 for Darkest Hour’s Next Chapter

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #116 and Power Rangers Unlimited: The Morphin Masters #1 start a new chapter in 2024 for The Darkest Hour.
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BOOM! Studios provided some exciting updates for the publisher’s Power Rangers comics! A new year starts a deeper shock to the Morphin Grid as two new releases are revealed for the Darkest Hour. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #116 will feature the next chapter as Ranger Slayer returns, with a new spin-off to follow.

Meanwhile, Power Rangers Unlimited: The Morphin Masters #1 will continue the iconic character in their own release as they seek the Morphin Masters to combat Dark Spector’s infection. Writers for the comics will kick off 2024 with an explosive new chapter for the 30th-anniversary comic event. So it looks like fans will have a lot of exciting comics to check out and keep them busy throughout 2024.

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Writer Melissa Flores started the latest comic event in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the franchise, featuring art by Adam Gorham and Marco Renna. 2024 will feature a range of amazing releases and continued content as Ranger Academy continues to unravel and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return begins.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers continues the Darkest Hour comic event that features the Morphin Grid infected by Dark Specter, with Rangers across time and dimensions integrated into the story. Ryan Parrott was revealed to be returning as a writer for a new addition to the event, featuring Ranger Slayer’s return to the spotlight. It looks like the heroes will have a lot of work to come out of this battle on the other side.

Ranger Slayer Marks Start of Impactful New Darkest Hour Chapter in 2024 for Power Rangers Comics

BOOM! Studios, under license by leading toy and game company Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), revealed a first look at Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #116, the continuation of the Darkest Hour event, taking place after the bold and greatly anticipated Reunited, Recharged era of the franchise. The superstar creative lineup includes writer Melissa Flores (The Dead Lucky), artists Adam Gorham (Jughead: The Hunger) and Marco Renna (Once & Future, Klaus), colorist Joana Lafuente, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, in the continuation of this monumental 12-month event, available in January 2024. 

In the race to reach the Master Arch, the last Ranger anyone expected is the only one to arrive… But it’s far from over, with a deadly villain not far behind. An epic confrontation years in the making is finally here as the Darkest Hour reaches a fever pitch! But in the twisted arena of the Grid, the lines between hero and villain blur even further, and this battle might prove to be the end of one character’s long journey. Overall, this looks to be an epic storyline, and there’s a lot to be excited about here. You can get an early look at the variant covers below:

And don’t miss Ryan Parrott’s return to the series, joined by co-writer Rachel Wagner (Rogue Sun), artist Daniel Bayliss (Firefly), colorist Arthur Hesli (The Coinless #1), and letterer Ed Dukeshire in the newest Darkest Hour chapter, Power Rangers Unlimited: The Morphin Masters #1

Picking up right after the shocking events of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #116, an iconic returning character, Ranger Slayer, has entered The Grid in a desperate attempt to find the Morphin Masters and the answers they might possess… Also, here are some preview pages for the comic:

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #116 features main cover art by star artist Taurin Clarke (Miles Morales: Spider-Man) and variant covers by acclaimed illustrators Björn Barends (Spawn), Goñi Montes, and Zu Orzu (Grim). 

Power Rangers Unlimited: The Morphin Masters #1 features covers by Toni Infante (Sons of the Devil), Goñi Montes, and Miguel Mercado (Magic). Here are some preview pages for the upcoming issue:

Ranger Slayer has created many ripples in the universe since Shattered Grid, which makes her reappearance fitting for Darkest Hour. From the 25th anniversary to the 30th, it will be exciting to find out what roadblocks she will hit as she tries to seek the Morphin Masters. It’s also fantastic that fans will get two releases running alongside each other again, with Ryan Parrott continuing his amazing contribution with Rachel Wagner. As this is just the start of 2024, there are so many installments to look forward to as the Darkest Hour presses on and escalates.

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Print copies of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #116 will be available for sale on January 24, 2024 at local comic book shops (use to find the one nearest you) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.  

Power Rangers Unlimited: The Morphin Masters #1 will hit shelves on January 31, 2024, which features Ranger Slayer in a new series linked to the Darkest Hour comic event. Overall, this is shaping up to be quite the year for the comics wing of the franchise.

  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #116 A Main: NOV230033 
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #116 B Dark Grid Variant: NOV230034 
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #116 C Helmet Variant: NOV230035 
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #116 D 1:10 INCV: NOV230036 
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #116 E 1:15 INCV: NOV230037 
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #116 F 1:25 INCV: NOV230038 
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #116 G Unlockable Var: NOV230039 
  • Power Rangers Unlimited: The Morphin Masters #1 A Main: NOV230046 
  • Power Rangers Unlimited: The Morphin Masters #1 B Foil Variant: NOV230047 
  • Power Rangers Unlimited: The Morphin Masters #1 C 1:10 INCV: NOV230048 
  • Power Rangers Unlimited: The Morphin Masters #1 D 1:20 INCV: NOV230049 

What do you think of the latest releases for Power Rangers‘ “Darkest Hour”? Are you excited for the upcoming issues? What has been your favorite event from Boom! Studios so far? Which comic book run is your favorite for the franchise? Let us know on social media and keep following The Illuminerdi for more morphenomenal news.

SOURCE: BOOM! Studios 

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Bryn Darby

Long time fan of Tokusatsu fan since Power Rangers was first released in the 90s. Whereas most Superhero fans grew up with DC Comics and Marvel, my childhood was surrounded by releases from Saban Entertainment such as Beetleborgs, along with anime, and other various fads of the generation. Anime is also a great passion with Digimon, That Time I Was Reincarnated As A Slime, and Demon Slayer being significant favorites. It was the love of both Power Rangers and Digimon that led to the path of becoming a Senior Writer for The Illuminerdi.