No longer a Power Ranger, Kimberly Hart takes a trip to France after a gymnastics competition only to discover that trouble has followed her. Never truly unprepared, Kimberly takes the role as leader in the fight against evil in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink.
Writer: Brenden Fletcher, Kelly Thompson, Tini Howard
Artist: Daniele Di Nicuolo, Sarah Stern
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Picking up in the aftermath of the events of BOOM!’s ongoing Power Rangers series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink (hereafter, MMPR: Pink) follows Kimberly Hart as she transitions to a life of gymnastics after having moved on from the Power Rangers. The premise is an interesting one–readers have seen retired superheroes before, but rarely one so young, and it’s nice to get the mindset of a teenager taking their next big leap in life.
The story in MMPR: Pink was created by Brenden Fletcher and Kelly Thompson and they handle the scripting duties of the first two issues in the trade before passing the baton off to Tini Howard for the rest of the collection. Fletcher and Thompson do a great job setting the stage–MMPR: Pink takes place within the BOOM! continuity, but for readers who are simply coming off memories of the old show or spurred by the new movie, Fletcher and Thompson ensure that it’s easy to dive right in without worrying about the minutia of the ongoing comic series.
Thompson, Fletcher, and Howard all do a fantastic job capturing Kimberly’s voice. None of the characters in the original television series were well defined, but here you can easily imagine Amy Jo Johnson delivering these lines with Kimberly’s spunky attitude. This goes a long way to making the rest of the story work, as Kimberly is quite quickly dragged back into action, but it’s the reader’s attachment to the character that keeps the heart of the story beating.
That being said, the story does stumble a bit in the back half as the pacing starts to feel a bit inconsistent. The trade format helps here, as one can move on to the next chapter right away, but the bumps in pacing in the individual chapters can still be felt here.
The artwork in MMPR: Pink is handled by Daniele Di Nicuolo and Sarah Stern. Di Nicuolo’s illustrations are perfect for the tone of this story. Di Nicuolo’s artwork has lots of thin detail lines that add texturing to the images, but it never approaches the gritty feel that ends up a pitfall for so many adaptations. The clean lines and fun character designs create a grand sense of adventure. Di Nicuolo also shows a great talent at capturing martial arts actions sequences. Theoretically this would be a prerequisite for a story about the Power Rangers, but Di Nicuolo pulls it off with aplomb.
Sarah Stern’s color choices really capture the bombastic nature of the original television series. When Kimberly does return to her role as the Pink Power Ranger, her costume really pops off the page thanks to Stern’s palette. Stern also utilizes vivid backgrounds that contrast or complement the foreground colors creating for a vibrant book that’s always pleasing to look at.
For supplementary material, MMPR: Pink features an introduction by none other than the Pink Ranger herself, Amy Jo Johnson, as well as the inclusion of the series’ many variant covers. The introduction by Johnson provides some insight into her feelings about joining the show and how her relationship with the franchise grew, while also setting the tone for the trade paperback.
Is It Good?
MMPR: Pink does a great job capturing the tone of the original television series as well as providing a nice spin-off from BOOM!’s ongoing book. Brenden Fletcher, Kelly Thompson, and Tini Howard do a great job building Kimberly Hart and providing new insight into the character. And the art by Daniele Di Nicuolo and Sarah Stern is perfect for the series. Some pacing issues aside, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink will satisfy any fan’s need for kick-butt action and teenagers with attitude.
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