Continuing the momentum created by the Recharged Era, BOOM! Studios has announced that this August’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #111 will begin a whole new year-long event titled “Darkest Hour.” The Recharged era superstar creative team of writer Melissa Flores (Power Rangers, The Dead Lucky), artist Simona Di Gianfelice (Firefly), colorist Raúl Angulo (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and letterer Ed Dukeshire (The Woods, Irredeemable) will be continuing their run with the kickoff of this massive 12-month Power Rangers event.
Throughout the course of Melissa Flores, Simona Di Gianfelice, and Marco Renna time on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers they’ve pushed the characters in unexpected ways. The return of Rita Repulsa in a new form as Mistress Vile has been a game changer. We get another example of Mistress Vile’s impact with the confrontation that happened between Zordon and Vessel in the most recent Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #108. Now it appears that what took place in the Recharged Era was just the beginning as the solicitation for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers teases:
Mistress Vile has won, or so it seems, with control of the Grid and Dark Specter’s infections spreading through the universe! As if an epic battle between Vile and the Vessel wasn’t enough, the separated and stranded Rangers receive help from the last team they’d expect, but it may not be the help they were hoping for…
Based on the solicitation Flores and Gianfelice are certainly following in the tradition of their predecessors of Kyle Higgins’ Shattered Grid and Ryan Parrot’s Unlimited Power and Necessary Evil. With 2023 being the year when we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Power Rangers franchise the year-long “Darkest Hour” event is well timed.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #111 main cover will be done by Taurin Clarke (Miles Morales: Spider-Man). Variant covers by acclaimed illustrators Björn Barends (Spawn), Goñi Montes (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Keyla Valerio (Power Rangers Unlimited), Ariel Olivetti (BRZRKR), and Tyler Kirkham (Invincible). You can get your first look at the covers by Clarke, Barends, and Montes below:
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #111 will be on sale with physical and digital copies in August 2023.