As the Hour grows Darkest, the only hope for curing the grid… and saving the Power Rangers from extinction… is connecting to the very heart of the Morphin Grid!!
But even though the Power Rangers are joined by the HyperForce Rangers and another unexpected ally, Dark Specter turns his attention to Tommy after doing the unthinkable to the White Ranger’s friends…
Get Your Comic OnI will keep saying this, The Darkest Hour is possibly the best event in comics at the moment an edge of the seat rush that keeps the hope in your heart burning but at the same time plants that doubt in your mind. If you are a Power Rangers fan or even if you aren't you definitely need to get hold of this.
COMICONWith their backs against the wall, figuratively and literally, Earth’s heroes make some tough choices in the face of spreading darkness in ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ #114. Everything about this series and event finds the correct balance to celebrate three decades of the beloved franchise.
The Comicbook DispatchBlack uppercase lettering inhabits white dialogue balloons and colored narrative boxes. Melissa Flores doesnt stint on the dialogue. But thanks to letter size, line spacing, and contrast between print and backgrounds, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #114 is easy to read. Ed Dukeshires beautiful sound effects enhance the action. While some rangers get black dialogue balloons, Dark Specters words appear as red letters in puffy white clouds. Does that mean he's a thoughtful and contemplative guy? Thanks to Boom! Studios for providing a copy for review.
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Comic Book RevolutionMighty Morphin Power Rangers #114 continues to do an excellent job at pushing Darkest Hour to be the biggest event the franchise has had. If how all of the Power Rangers history coming into play is enough to drive that point home then just take a look at the final page of this issue. The ending alone drives up the hype for the next chapter in Darkest Hour.
ComicBook.com"Darkest Hour" continues to live up to its namesake, though as always the Rangers are at their best when their backs are against the wall. Writer Melissa Flores does offer a few sparse moments of hope throughout Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #114 in the form of delightful additions like HyperForce and Drakkon's new Rangers, but the majority of the issue is still pushing the Rangers further and further into a corner. While the Rangers have been pushed to their limits before, few onslaughts have been as thorough as this. From the Death Ranger continuing to corrupt Rangers to Dark Specter's reign of dominance over SafeHaven, the walls are continuing to close in, and Simona Di Gianfelice, Raul Angelo, and Jose Enrique Fernandez sell the direness of those moments at every turn, including a phenomenal final page. I'm not sure how the Rangers will come out on top, but it's going to fun to see them make it happen.
Comical OpinionsMIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #114 settles down the chaos of battle as Billy and a mysterious stranger hatch a plan to find the only power strong enough to save the Morphin Grid. Floress script is cleaner and more focused than recent issues, and the art is solid.
Comic WatchThe big question next for the Rangers is if they will be able to find the whereabouts of the Morphin Masters and if it really can be feasible to do that. Everything is on the line for the many different teams of rangers, and their chances of survival are becoming more and more slim. This creative team excels at creating a sense of fear as well as hope that the Power Rangers are able to win in this fight.
Henchman-4-HireSomewhere in this hodge podge of a comic book issue is a good, strong narrative, and it asserts itself enough to make for a good read. But much like my complaints about last issue, there is too much podge. No scene, no characters, are really given enough time to be felt. We jump between scenes quite rapidly, and then we’ve got a dozen or so characters to keep track of. Little glimpses of character development peek out here and there, but it’s not enough, in my opinion. Matt and Kimberly get one brief, half-page scene and a hug, and that’s it for that ongoing story for now. But complaints aside, this story hasn’t gone completely off the rails just yet. The general thrust of things remains strong, and I’m pretty sure I know what’s happening. The Rangers are up against daunting odds, Dark Specter is corrupting rangers, and our medium-sized band of heroes will figure out a way to save the day. I mean, c’mon, they’ve got the Coinless/Drakkon Rangers and the Hyperforce Rangers at full strength. Throw in a couple of Omega Rangers and a couple of Mighty Morphin Rangers, and that’s a pretty good team. It’s just that…there are so many rangers and so little time to care about them all.