The Dark Ranger is coming to Power Rangers! And his identity has just been revealed.
Heckyl will be the Dark Ranger in BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic book series. The Dark Ranger (formerly known as the Talon Ranger) will be a major part of ‘Beyond The Grid’, the storyline events immediately following ‘Shattered Grid’.
While Heckyl never appeared as the Dark Ranger in Power Rangers Dino Charge or Power Rangers Dino Super Charge in 2015-2016, the appearance was one that was highly sought after by fans.
The newly named Dark Ranger will make his first canon appearance in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #31, a comic book releasing in September 2018 from BOOM! Studios (recap here). The issue will be the first story written by new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic book writer Marguerite Bennett, who has yet to reveal exactly how the Dark Ranger is joining the team.
In January 2019, an Issue will release that focuses exclusively on Heckyl’s history to becoming the Dark Ranger.
Below, fans can find comic book character artwork for Heckyl, in addition to the main cover for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #35, the standalone issue detailing Heckyl’s back story.
The Dark Ranger will team up with Andros (Red Ranger, Power Rangers In Space), Mike (Magna Defender, Power Rangers Lost Galaxy), Tanya (Yellow Ranger, Power Rangers Zeo), Cam (Green Ranger, Power Rangers Ninja Storm), and the Ranger Slayer to form a new, core team of Rangers.
Fans will recognize the Dark Ranger as an evil character from Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, the Japanese Sentai season fueling Power Rangers Dino Charge‘s adaption by Saban Brands.
The character was extremely popular overseas, and ultimately left fans disappointed when he didn’t appear on the actual TV show. Fans were teased that the character might appear at some point when the name “Talon Ranger” was leaked from Bandai America’s Power Rangers Dino Charge Morpher toy product.
Heckyl was a character on Power Rangers Dino Super Charge that was turned into Snide, an evil villain, after coming into contact with the Dark Energem. After managing to separate himself from Snide, Heckyl eventually went on to join the good guys.
How exactly did Heckyl become the Dark Ranger, and enter BOOM! Studios’ comic book universe? Fans can look forward to those answers when Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #31 hits comic book store shelves this September.