Published on February 7th, 2024 | by Howard Smith

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #1 Review @boomstudios @amyjojohnson @Matt__Hotson @NicoLeon_

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #1 Review @boomstudios @amyjojohnson @Matt__Hotson @NicoLeon_ Howard Smith

Summary: Definitely a different kind of Power Rangers not used to, but worth a read!



May The Power Protect

Taking place in an alternate universe than the current series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #1 explores a disheartening path that the Rangers are dealt with. Having defeated Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd for a final time, the Rangers lost more than they could bear in the last moments of their triumph over the forces of evil. Forming a pact agreement upon the behest of Kimberly, the rangers swore to never morph again. For the last 22 years, the heroes of Angel Grove and the World lived their lives without relying on the power coins they were bestowed by Zordon. Unfortunately, one ranger chose to ignore that promise and stay morphed all the time. This puts a target on their back and ultimately leads them to disappear from the morphing grid, which alarms the other Rangers. Something or someone is calling them back into action and who is the new Yellow Ranger?

Co-written by the original legendary Pink Ranger herself, Amy Jo Johnson and Matt Hotson (Titans) dive into the complex world of the Power Ranger universe. With this story, fans of the series are introduced to much older counterparts of the 1993 debut. The interesting aspect of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #1 is how engaging and uniquely enticing it is. As the story progresses, readers will discover that there is more to the story than it’s letting on. Riddled with throwbacks that might reawaken the inner child of most fans of the series, the writing itself is strong and worthwhile. Furthermore, Johnson’s reimagination of the original team leaves room for her to make proper tributes to the actors of the show they’ve lost in an honorable fashion. Feeling a raw sense of emotion in these scenes that both Johnson and Hotson have written brings home the closure of expressing part ways. In those scenes, readers will get a deeper understanding of what this world with these Power Rangers is like and what kind of lives they have lived without the use of their power coins.

Comparably, Nico Leon (Power Pack, Spider-Man) as the interior illustrator for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #1 did an amazing job on the artwork. While the story is grounded in fiction there is realism to the characters that appear to be unmatched in comparison to the current ongoing series. There is an uncanny likeness in Leon’s work that reflects on the mannerisms and demeanors portrayed by the actors themselves. This makes reading the comic book feel like readers are watching the original Rangers right before their very eyes.

The coloring by Francesco Segala (Lord of The Jungle, Magic) and assistance by Gloria Martinelli (Savage Red Sonja) were able to bring out the best of this comic book debut has to offer. Accompanied by Ed Dukeshire (Basilisk, Big Hero 6) as the letterer, Dukeshire provides the comic book with superb distinction where the speech bubbles would go on the script. Dukeshire can minimize word bubbles, captions, and inner thoughts to allow readers to focus on the story.

On the exterior of the comic book, Goñi Montes (Mighty Morphin, The Vampire Slayer) provides Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #1 with a cover that gives a glimpse into what readers are about to embark on. It also sets the mood for how the story will unfold.

Overall, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return #1 is a good read for fans both and new will enjoy. It’s a little gloomy, but supposedly that is the charm. Be sure to pick this copy up from your local comic book or online where copies are sold. You don’t want to be left behind on this!

Comic Details

Writers: Amy Jo Johnson, Matt Hotson

Artist: Nico Leon

Colorist: Francesco Segala, Gloria Martinelli

Letterer: Ed Dukeshire

Cover Artist: Goñi Montes

Editor: Dafna Pleban

Publisher: BOOM! Studios

Release Date: February 7, 2024

About the Author'

Howard is a passionate collector and avid reader of comics who resides in the city of Washington, D.C. His love for all things pop culture extends beyond the pages of comics, as he attends popular culture conventions both locally and out of state. Whether he’s searching for rare comic finds or engaging in video games, or reading manga he manifests an opportunity to celebrate his fandom. Follow along as he explores the worlds of superheroes, sci-fi, and beyond, always with a keen eye for adventure and a deep appreciation for the art of storytelling.

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