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Mighty Morphin is a 2020 comic book series based on the Power Rangers franchise in general and the first installment of the same name in particular, and is published by Boom! Studios. It serves as a sequel to Boom Studios' Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and is written by Ryan Parrott (Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (2016), Go Go Power Rangers).

The new Mighty Morphin team is on a collision course with an even deadlier Lord Zedd, who has a new mission and a new motivation — one that will change everything you thought you knew about our heroes! But even if the Mighty Morphin team can find a way to survive Zedd and their mysterious new enemies, they may discover the greatest threat to their future is the shocking secret of Zordon’s past!

Launched as part of the "Unlimited Power" initiative alongside Power Rangers (2020). The two publications continue the numbering of the previous series, shared between them while simultaneously having a new one.

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Mighty Morphin (2020) contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The Green Ranger powers, which Tommy lost in the second season of the television series. Here, not only are they still in use alongside the White Ranger powers, but they've been given to a seventh member of the team.
  • Alien Invasion: By the end of issue #11, Zordon realizes that the Eltarians aren't just here to capture Zedd, but to take over the Earth.
  • Anti-Advice: Part of Grace's advice to Matt - when the bad guy is yelling at you to not do something, that's a cue to do the opposite.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: By the end of issue #4, Zedd is able to capture Angel Grove with the new Green Ranger and the Zords stuck in the barrier he's enveloped the city in and the other Rangers unable to get back. At the end of issue #8, he reveals the whole plot was not to take over the city, but to break Angel Grove's faith in the Rangers, and nab Zelva.
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  • Bald Women: Candice has hair in human form, but is bald in her natural Eltarian form.
  • Big "NO!": Zelva lets one lose when Zartus suggests destroying Earth to spite her.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Zartus, Supreme Guardian of Eltar, who shows up to help the Rangers fight Zedd. He's actually behind the Empyrials, and would actually quite like to wipe out Earth entirely.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Issue #3 features Adam being brainwashed into seeing the other Rangers as monsters mid-battle.
  • Canon Character All Along: Zophram the Supreme Guardian of Eltar in the flashback sequences ends up becoming Lord Zedd.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • The flashback at the beginning of issue #3 has Zordon saying he'd like nothing more than to settle down and spend his life as a simple farmer, while Zartus would rather he stayed a Guardian. Of course, neither of their expectations will come true.
    • In issue #5, Kimberly has a talk with Matt about the new Green Ranger, not yet knowing that's who she's talking to.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Or expecting something bigger. Zordon's slightly taken aback by how small the Zeo Crystal is.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Candice, in one of Bulk and Skull's podcasts, nervously says people aren't always who they say they are. She turns out to be talking about herself.
    • In a flashback, Zophram notes that if Dark Spectre's forces ever capture him, he's going to lose his skin. A nasty hint as to Zophram's actual fate when he becomes Lord Zedd.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Dark Spectre in the flashbacks, the biggest threat to the universe and the sworn enemy of the Guardians of Eltar. It eventually turns out his non-presence is because up until the modern day he couldn't actually set foot in the universe at all.
  • Insignificant Blue Green Planet: Zartus is annoyed and exasperated by just how many problems seem to come from Earth. Which is why he wants to destroy it.
  • Ironic Echo: Goldar, thinking he's about to win (again) taunts Kimberly by asking if she thought that's how it would end. When Karen turns on him, she throws it back at him.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Since the new Green Ranger powers are partially fuelled by chaos energy, this makes him more vulnerable to the chaos Putties and their attacks.
  • The Mole: Despite their apparent alliance with Zedd, Promethea soon assists the Rangers against him when they start actively fighting back.
  • Off-Model: An entire issue has Kimberly's irises colored blue instead of brown.
  • Sadistic Choice: After Zedd takes control of Angel Grove with the aid of Grace and Matt, he informs the Rangers that he will leave Earth alone if the Rangers give him Zordon. The Rangers, unsurprisingly, refuse to take him up on the offer.
  • Secret Identity: The identity of the new Green Ranger is unknown to both readers and the Rangers at the start of the series.
  • Simultaneous Arc: The present day storyline, showing the Rangers dealing with Zedd, the new Green Ranger and visitors from Eltar, along with a flashback showing Zordon's days as an Eltarian Guardian and the origin of Lord Zedd. Also, with the events in Power Rangers.
  • Sixth Ranger: The second Green Ranger, fittingly enough, serves as such at the start of the series.
  • Start of Darkness: Issue #10 is about how Zedd became Lord Zedd. He touched the Zeo Crystal when he shouldn't have. It took his skin off and drove him insane, believing Zordon set him up for this, he swore vengeance on Zordon and Eltar alike.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: When the Rangers are discussing the potential identity of the new Green Ranger, Adam points out that Lord Drakkon is the most obvious suspect despite the rest of the team arguing otherwise. It isn't.
  • Theme Naming: All Eltarians have names that begin with "z".
  • Wham Shot:
    • Issue #1 ends on The Reveal that Skull’s girlfriend is actually another member of Zordon’s race, with a device that allows her to appear as a normal human girl.
    • Issue #4 ends on The Reveal that the mysterious second Green Ranger is actually Matt, Kimberly's old boyfriend - and he’s just unmasked himself to the entirety of Angel Grove.
    • Issue #11 reveals that Supreme Guardian Zartus is behind the revival of the Empyrials and that he's aiming to invade Earth to take it over once Lord Zedd is taken care of.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Issue #3 features two on the subject of the Green Ranger.
      • Aisha confronts Billy after overhearing a conversation between Billy and the Green Ranger, which led to her realising that he’s aware of the Green Ranger’s identity and helped Promethea secure the Green Power Coin from the Command Center.
      • Zordon and Alpha discover that the Green Ranger is working with Promethea; Zordon confronts Grace about her stealing the Power Coin and playing with powers she doesn’t understand.
    • Zordon to Billy, on learning he's the one who repowered the Dragonzord coin.

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