By Brenden Fletcher, Kelly Thompson, Daniele Di Nucuolo, Sarah Stern, Ed Dukeshire
What is sure to be the first in an avalanche of spinoffs from BOOM!’s Power Rangers license, Power Rangers Pink #1 shows what happened to Kimberly Hart after she left the team and tried to be a normal girl.
In all honesty, I don’t remember too much of Kimberly’s character other than her chemistry with Tommy. The last time I watched MMPR was more than 20 years ago, so any changes to her character I probably won’t notice. I imagine that’s what Fletcher and Thompson wanted when they set this series after Kim had left the team and time-jumped a bit. How long she had left is never revealed, but its enough time for her to feel nervous about fighting and still remember her training.
The story involves her searching for her missing family in France and having a past foe looking to up his street cred as a villain. It does a good job of showing Kim has a life outside of the rangers and it’s not the only part of her existence. She’s also shown to be a capable fighter and brave in the face of danger, as she should be being a former Power Ranger.
Artwise, Nucuolo’s art feels a bit more Mangaesque than Hendry Prasetya’s on the main book. The backgrounds are super detailed and gorgeous, while the action scenes and characters are much looser to convey movement and speed. The sense of design with the panels and how the camera is positioned do a great job of making the action cinematic and enhancing the drama of the story. While Kim is more or less a blank slate as a character, Nucuolo shows her as skilled a fighter as any live-action heroes on TV, maybe even better.
I can’t get on board with her costume though, which doesn’t resemble the one from the cover. It seems too busy, with pouches (WHY?!) and a black midriff. It doesn’t have the skirt, I can understand that but I would much prefer a more traditional costume design otherwise.
The story here is pretty straightforward, with Kim looking for her family and having to fall back into her life as a Power Ranger without the support of her friends. It’s done well enough to be a Power Rangers comic but doesn’t do much to differentiate itself from the main title. Which is good if you’re super nit picky about continuity, but if you’re wondering why BOOM! felt the need for a second MMPR book (whose first arc isn’t even done yet) that’s more or less the same with a female lead I don’t have any answers.
I’m hoping the following issues will dig a little deeper into Kim’s character to make her more compelling, but everything else; the action, the setting, the villains, the plot, is pretty good where its at.
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