In this review of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #1, it is twenty-two years after the defeat of Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa by the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The rangers have sworn off morphing except for one. Now a new generation wants to step up and become Power Rangers. Will the old guard be willing to train a new team and what is the new threat that will require a team of Rangers?
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #1
Writers: Amy Jo Johnson & Matt Hotson
Artist: Nico Leon
Cover Artist: Goni Montes
Variant Covers by: Dan Mora; Goni Montes; Justine Florentino; and Jenny Frison
Release Date: February 7, 2024
This review contain spoilers
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #1 begins as the Rangers defeated the evil forces of Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa. Then they broke up.
Today a Ranger arrives in the ruins of the once powerful Command Center but this Ranger is not alone. He is attacked and the Red Ranger loses his morph to reveal it is Jason Scott. His attacker steals Jason’s power coin and calls itself the past and the future.
Meanwhile in Angel Grove, Zack Taylor and Billy Cranson present the Trini Kwan Memorial Park and Your Center in honor of the late Trini. Zach takes the podium to chants of Black Ranger, Zack revealed his identity and only his identity. In the crowd is a familiar face. She remembers the times with her friend Trini but that is over but Trini is not the only one lost.
Zack, after his speech, finds Kimberly Hart in the cemetery. He talks her into joining Billy and him to grab a bite to eat in a low profile quiet place. She agrees but insists on being called Emma Phillips, she is not Kimberly anymore.
The three have dinner and Billy and Zack reveal that Billy has been experimenting on the power coins. He hopes to harness the technology for various purposes. Kimberly is shocked, she insisted that they had agreed to never morph again. There is more, the two share what Jason has been up to. He decided to use the power to become a lone avenger and he wanted Billy and Zack to stop using the Morphin Grid so he could be morphed permanently.
Billy however found that a fourth was using the Grid. Jason assumed it was Kim. Now Jason has disappeared. Now the two want Kimberly to join them as Power Rangers to find Jason. Kimberly refuses and leaves to go back to the airport.
The next day in Canada, Kim hears a knock. A young woman claims to be Selina, the daughter of Trini’s cousin. She knows that Kim was a Power Ranger and she tells Kim that she is going to help her become the next Power Ranger, she is holding the Sabertooth Tiger Morpher.
This story is not part of the main Power Rangers comic continuity. It is a standalone story written in homage to Thuy Trang and Jason David Frank.
The art in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #1 is fantastic. Unlike the other comics, the design of these characters match the original actors but are a little older. There are even shots of Ernie and Bulk and Skull in the dedication crowd. Selina is even drawn to look like Thuy Trang.
Story wise this is an interesting set up. The Power Rangers are victorious but there was a loss, that loss is presumed to be by Tommy, The Green Ranger. We see his tombstone with the year of death being 2001. Kimberly has appeared to be the most affected by loss. She wants to cleave the life completely behind her, even to the point of assuming a new identity.
This story is told from the perspective of Kimberly which makes sense since this story is partially written by Amy Jo Johnson, the actress who played Kimberly in the TV series.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #1 appears to be a love letter to the fans of the Power Rangers. These characters have taken the design from their original actors and this is told as a continuation of the original Mighty Morphin story.
This is also a story that has a lot of questions: Where is Jason? Who is the fourth person accessing the Grid? Who is the villain of this story? Will Kimberly come to terms with her past as a Ranger? I am looking forward to the answers.
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