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We open this issue (1 of 6) in Boom Studios’ Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: Pink, with Kimberly Hart, or Kim, as her friends call her, sitting in a locker room, post-gymnastics meet.
Immediately I appreciate the art by Daniele Di Nicuolo, and the colors by Sara Stern, as they make it possible to understand exactly where we were even without the text explaining it. The colors help to change the mood panel-to-panel, from light when Kimberley talks to her friends, to moodier when she’s alone, and later on in the book, darker when danger approaches. The characters are expressive and the movement is lovely, which is good, because Kimberly spends a lot of time on the move in this issue.
The writers, Brenden Fletcher and Kelly Thompson. have us spend a lot of time in Kimberley’s head. I’d say about half the text in this issue is Kimberley’s monologue to herself. With that much voice coming from one character, you’d think I would feel like I knew her better by the end of the story, but I still feel a little distance from her. Her personality has both hard and soft components, sometimes seemingly at odds with each other.
The character Kimberley meets up with, Serge, is a mystery. He comes off as a bit of a tough guy, but takes to Kimberley’s help with an edge of desperation. Apparently there are other survivors of what is going on, but he’s not with them. I’m not sure if I doubt his motivations, his honesty, or his courage. Unfortunately, I’m also not sure I care all that much.
Luckily, we’re not with him long, when Kimberly breaks off alone to contact Zordon and call the Power Rangers into action. As this series is about Kimberly herself, it’s not so easy, and the others can’t make it to her aid. We get a momentary glimpse into a bit of recent history, just enough to whet the appetite. I’m looking forward to the reveal there, to learn a bit more about what exactly has separated Kimberley from the other rangers, what they’re fighting, and how it all connects.
Unsurprisingly, in a resounding pink and purple flash, we are brought face to face with Kimberly as the pink ranger, her powers restored to fight off the bad guys. With a warning about her power’s fragility, she’s off, finding the bad guy’s lair without much trouble.
Our superhero-style fight scene goes off with some beautifully drawn gymnastic ability, and our heroine seems to come out the victor, but there’s a catch (there’s always a catch).
I can’t say the ending wasn’t a bit predictable, but that didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. And I certainly am looking forward to seeing what comes next. I want to see these characters fleshed out more, I want to get deeper into Kimberley’s motivations and relationships.
I appreciated the artwork and coloring, but wasn’t wowed by all of the characters. But the net is that I want to keep reading, which is certainly the point of any introduction to a series, so it’s definitely a success. I look forward to the next issue.