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Issue 29 is the thirtieth actual issue of Boom! Studios ongoing comic book series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers which begins its numbering with Issue 0. It features the Mighty Morphin team. This issue continues the Shattered Grid comic event, commemorating twenty-five years of the franchise. The issue also features the debut of the Beast Morphers Rangers ahead of their television debut and the first in-comic appearance of the Hyper Force Rangers.
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In a holding cell block inside Lord Drakkon’s lunar fortress, Kelsey Winslow is doing push-ups while TJ is watching. TJ briefly teases Kelsey but only out of boredom, noting that all they can do for now is wait.
Back at the Command Center, the Rangers are in the pocket dimension discussing the grim situation as the Morphin Grid is beginning to collapse under strain from Lord Drakkon’s activities. If they don’t stop him soon, all of reality will collapse and be destroyed. Ninjor explains to the Rangers that Drakkon is planning on going inside the Grid. With the barriers between dimensions weakening by way of a control tower in Drakkon’s fortress, their first objective should be to take out the tower. Grace has come to help Dr. K fortify the Morphers so the Rangers can keep their powers active in the coming battle. Carter and Karone are curious about the pocket dimension, implying they were directly teleported there. An alarm goes off as an escape pod ship makes a crash landing near the Command Center. Andros emerges wounded from the wreckage, much to the worry of his sister Karone, telling the other Rangers he has found where the others are being held.
Back at Lord Drakkon’s fortress in the World of the Coinless, Skull is being held by Drakkon’s imperial guard. Lord Drakkon berates the incompetence of the guard captain, Commander Fah, for not seeing a traitor in their midst and losing Ninjor, which could secure victory for his enemies. Skull is brought before Drakkon, who defiantly gloats in front of the dictator that he has brought the hope to tear down this “nightmare world’s” corrupt regime. Drakkon slaps Skull and then asks if it was worth throwing a life away for the sake of what he believes is right. Skull bravely says that it was worth it. Drakkon begrudgingly admires that dedication, then has his Mastodon Sentries hold Skull down as he snaps his neck, killing him. The other Tyrannosaurus Sentries look away in horror as they hear the snap.
Commander Fah is taken to the dungeon, despite his pleas of loyalty and begging forgiveness. Finster 5 tries to raise Drakkon’s spirits by informing him that he has located the Ranger Slayer. The two transmit a communication to her, only to discover she is not under their control anymore. After ending the transmission, Drakkon realizes Kim being free could ruin his plans further and orders Finster 5 to accelerate the campaign. He then stumbles and is in pain, as the powers he has absorbed are tearing his body apart because it cannot contain them. Finster 5 shows great concern, but Drakkon simply shrugs it off and insists they need to hurry and collect the remaining Morphers to access the Morphin Grid. Finster 5 thinks the Grid cannot hold much more without Ninjor’s knowledge on how to contain the fractures in reality. Drakkon argues that it can hold long enough to finish their goal.
In the Command Center, Dr. K is working alongside Grace, Billy, and Trini from the World of the Coinless to fortify the Morphers against the Dragon Cannons. Andros explains to Jason and Lauren how he got here and what happened to his team. He also says that TJ was taken by Lord Drakkon’s forces out in space when they were preoccupied on the Astro Megaship. Andros wants to get his team back, as they are the only family he has, unaware Karone is watching him from a distance. Jen wonders why Karone won’t just go up and talk to her brother, but Karone says it isn’t that easy as her time as Astronema makes it hard since from his point of time she is still missing and she is unsure of what to say or even certain of who she is. (Implying that this Karone is in the early part of her hero career as the Pink Lost Galaxy Ranger in her time period). Jen encourages Karone to just take a chance and talk to him.
Andros is surprised to see his sister and the two embrace in a tearful hug. Andros struggles to ask how she is here, but Karone simply tells her brother that he saved her at some point.
Commander Kruger and Zordon observe the family reunion and are glad at least a few happy moments are coming out of what seems like an endless wave of defeats. Anubis heard about what happened to Tommy from the others and gives his condolences to Zordon. Zordon says that particular loss weighs heavily on himself, Anubis says that as mentors all they can do is try their best to guide their charges and hope they can make good decisions on their own. But he also adds while that it doesn’t feel right to just be okay with losing a team, they cannot control their actions. Zordon agrees and that the Rangers under their care will grow and improve as people by learning from their own mistakes as mentors.
Jason and Grace talk and reconcile given that the fate of reality is at stake. Grace is also driven to help given another group of Rangers may die on the moon like back in her days as a Ranger, an event she does not wish to see happen again. Jason lays out the new plan, a rescue mission followed by a tactical assault on the tower. Commander Kruger says while that is a good plan, an SPD transport ship won’t be nearly big enough to carry them all. Grace unveils her Promethea complex is capable of going into space, showing a hologram of its entire structure. Karone realizes that the ship is what will become Terra Venture, she is standing next to the woman who created the place her Rangers call home. Grace is intrigued and surprised, as she hasn’t even named the incomplete base yet. While the base is incomplete, it is able to blast off and facilitate occupants. The plan is to divide into teams, a rescue squad, and one to safeguard and operate Terra Venture. Alpha 5 says that Zordon has finally managed to reach the other Rangers across the dimensions that are still active and they should arrive in a few minutes, they need to meet up with them outside.
After a slight delay, the incoming Rangers teleport in, led by the Quantum Ranger. The group consists of Wild Force, Ninja Steel, Mystic Force, Ninja Storm, the Alien Rangers, the remaining Zeo Rangers, Operation Overdrive Blue, the Magna Defender, the Phantom Ranger, and several new Rangers.
Kimberly asks Zordon about Lord Drakkon, as even if they destroy the tower and rescue the imprisoned Rangers, Drakkon is still a threat. Zordon says he has thought it over carefully and believes he has a solution. Zordon later goes with Commander Kruger, escorted by Putties, to Rita’s throne room and does the unthinkable...asks Rita Repulsa for help in defeating Lord Drakkon!
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The New Adventures of Blue Senturion and Ninjor
The Blue Senturion arrives at the Temple of Power and searches for Ninjor. Ninjor is in his bottle and is not willing to cooperate as he wishes to be left alone, even mocking the rookie cop and poking his eye when the Blue Senturion picks up his bottle and tries to shake him out. The frustrated cop wonders if the ill-behaved ninja is the influence that turned the Power Rangers to crime. Ninjor overhears this and is curious, excitedly deciding to join the Blue Senturion as his partner on the case as “action is the quickest path to truth”, much to Blue Senturion’s chagrin. The two bicker as they head out to catch the Power Rangers.
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- MMPR 25th anniversary reference on the Jordan Gibson variant cover: Passing the Torch
- This issue's all-Pink Rangers variant was the sixth to be revealed, with those of #30 and #31 revealed ahead of time.
- This issue includes the first appearances of the Red, Blue and Yellow Beast Morpher Rangers, Heckyl as the Dino Charge Dark Ranger, and the comic debut of the HyperForce Rangers.
- This issue marks the mainstream comic series debut of the Kimberly from the World of the Coinless, otherwise known as the Ranger Slayer, after previously appearing in Go Go Power Rangers.
- This also features the mainstream comic series debut of Tanya/Zeo Ranger II Yellow, Andros/Red Space Ranger, Mike/Manga Defender, Cam/Green Samurai Ranger, and the previously mentioned Heckyl/Dino Charge Dark Ranger. All would become the starring Rangers in the Beyond the Grid storyline that started after Shattered Grid.
- This issue runs concurrent with Go Go Power Rangers Issue 11, as readers see the conversation between Lord Drakkon and the Ranger Slayer from Drakkon’s perspective.
- This issue reveals that Promethea will eventually become Terra Venture.