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Review: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #3

In this review of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #3, with the Rangers captured by Selena Repulsa, the daughter of Rita and Zedd, it looks like there is no one left to stop her plan to resurrect her mother. There is still one Ranger left, The Green Ranger.

 

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #3
Writer:  Amy Jo Johnson and Matt Hotson
Artist:   Nico Leon
Cover:  Goni Montes
Variant Covers:   Rahzzah, Goni Montes, Frany
Release Date:  April 10, 2024

 

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #3
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #3 main cover by Goñi Montes (Image Credit: BOOM! Studios)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #3 – The Story

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #3 begins as Kimberly wakes up trapped in an energy bubble with her friends, the other Rangers. Selena sitting on the throne in the palace on the moon gloats at her victory. She has gathered all the remaining power coins and it is her plan to resurrect her mother and put an end to the Power Rangers once and for all.

Selena recounts her journey for revenge from following the Rangers and being able to track their movements thanks to their use of the power coins. The hardest was of course Kimberly who refused to use her coin after the death of Tommy.

Finster and the baby Selena survived the explosion on the moon while the others all perished. Finster went to work building what he called the Morphin-Matic. With the Power Coins Rita will be resurrected.

The machine is activated but it does not work. It is missing the sixth Power Coin. A coin that was believed to have been destroyed with Tommy. What no one realized is that Tommy gave his morphed to Kimberly before she teleported back to the Command Center.

Selena demands to know where the Coin is and yanks Kimberly through the prison bubble. Finster discovers the signatures of the coin. Kimberly introduces Selena to her daughter, Olivia Hart, the Green Ranger.

 

Analysis

It is finally revealed that the Green Ranger is alive but in the hands of Kimberly and Tommy’s daughter, Olivia. With this reveal, the final battle is looking to be epic with daughter versus daughter.

As for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #3, it suffers from pacing issues and a lot of off panel action. It was lauded that Jason may have been captured from the first scene of this story but it was surprising that Zach and Billy were captured before Kimberly.

It makes sense since the two were using the Power Coins making them easier to track but a comic should show the action and not tell the reader what is happening. Most if not all of the action in this story revolves around Kimberly wich makes sense since the writer is the actress who portrayed the Pink Ranger in live action but the best part of Power Rangers is the team and them working together for a common goal. This is not that type of story.

Both this issue along with the second issue are mainly flashback issues showing where the status quo is now. I am hoping that the final issue which is the next issue will show more Power Ranger action. I would like to see all six Rangers in action and not just a fight with the new Green Ranger.

With that said, the art is fantastic. The character designs are on point. Jason however does not look like Austin St John does today but the the art does show a grizzled and scarred Jason.

 

Final Thoughts

I like the concept and idea of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #3. I just do not feel like the writing is doing this story justice. The art can only do so much but there are definitely holes in the script that should be filled up and maybe if this story was longer it could have been.

 

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mighty morphin power rangers: the return #3 main cover
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #3
Final Thoughts
I like the concept and idea of this story. I just do not feel like the writing is doing this story justice. The art can only do so much but there are definitely holes in the script that should be filled up and maybe if this story was longer it could have been.
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