BOOM! Studios has announced that the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will officially return to Angel Grove in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #40, following the events of the crossover event Shattered Grid.
While the team was victorious in their battle with the evil Lord Drakkon, the book's new creative team, Ryan Parrott and Daniele Di Nicuolo, will explore what effect the experience had on the Power Rangers in "Necessary Evil" while debuting a fan-favorite character as their new leader, the White Ranger.
"I’m not going to lie," said writer Ryan Parrott, who currently writes Go Go Power Rangers and was one of the key architects behind Shattered Grid. "Kyle Higgins set the bar unapologetically high with his work on the series so far, not to mention the biggest Power Ranger comic book event ever in Shattered Grid, but I’m looking forward to digging deep into these characters we all love and building off the stage that’s been set. May the power protect me.”
“If with Shattered Grid we went big, now we’re going deep, straight to the core of what means to be Power Rangers and, most of all, what consequences come from choices made for a greater good,” added MMPR artist Daniele Di Nicuolo in BOOM!'s official announcement. “I couldn’t be happier to reunite with BOOM! Studios and the Rangers again."
In the original television series, Jason David Frank's Tommy Oliver was originally the Green Power Ranger, Rita Repulsa's secret weapon to destroy the Power Rangers. Eventually, Tommy became their ally and later morphed into the White Ranger, who was also the team's official leader.
In the BOOM! series, Tommy was thought to have died at the hands of his evil doppleganger Lord Drakkon, who wore a White Ranger-inspired costume, but it was later revealed that he survived the attack and was crucial to the Power Rangers victory.
“The first appearance of the White Ranger is only one of the big revelations in "Necessary Evil," as we learn just what happened after the Mighty Morphin team disappeared after the events of Shattered Grid,” said Dafna Pleban, a BOOM! Studios Senior Editor. “Ryan and Daniele, along with our partners at Hasbro, have crafted a Power Rangers epic with surprises around every turn and an ending that changes everything!”
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #40, by Ryan Parrott and Daniele Di Nicuolo, features a main cover by Jamal Campbell with variant covers by Goñi Montes and Kris Anka. It is expected to hit stores on June 26.