Right now, things are looking terrible for the Power Rangers in the ongoing Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic book series from BOOM! Studios. But when the dust settles in the current crossover storyline, Shattered Grid, a new team will take over, both in the comic and in real life.
On Friday, BOOM! announced that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #31, hitting stores in September, will see a new creative team write and illustrate stories about a new group of Power Rangers. Marguerite Bennett (DC’s Batwoman) and illustrator Simone di Meo (Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor) will take over from longtime collaborators Kyle Higgins and Hendry Prasetya.
In their debut issue, Bennett and di Meo will introduce a new iteration of the “Mighty Morphin” heroes made up of various other Power Rangers from different teams. One new Ranger is especially important, as they will bridge the gap between America’s Power Rangers and the original Japanese Super Sentai series.
As you may know, Power Rangers annually adapts individual seasons of the long-running Japanese sci-fi superhero series Super Sentai, recycling costumes, props, action scenes, and sometimes even storylines but with new American actors playing new characters.
When Shattered Grid ends, a new era in Mighty Morphin begins.
Meet your new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (clockwise, starting top-left)
- The Magna Defender (from Power Rangers Lost Galaxy)
- The Ranger Slayer, also known as the dark Pink Ranger from Lord Drakkon’s alternate timeline (introduced in sister series Go Go Power Rangers also from BOOM! Studios)
- Tanya, the Yellow Zeo Ranger (from Power Rangers Zeo)
- Deathryuger, who appeared exclusively in the Japanese Super Sentai series, Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, which was the basis for 2014’s Power Rangers Dino Charge. In the BOOM! Studios canon, Deathryuger is getting the new (and simpler) name of “Dark Ranger.”
- Andros, the Red Space Ranger (from Power Rangers in Space)
- Cam, the Green Samurai Ranger (from Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
It is currently unknown what it will mean for the comic book titled Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to not feature anybody who actually appeared in the TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The crossover Shattered Grid could be disastrous for the original teenagers with attitude, but there’s clearly no shortage of replacements.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #31 will be released in September.