Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Brenden Fletcher & Kelly Thompson
Illustrator: Daniele Di Nicuolo
Colours: Sarah Stern
When a quiet French village finds itself under siege and cut off from the outside world, it’s up to one, lone archer to come to everyone’s rescue. Is it Hawkeye? Or the Green Arrow? No, it’s Kimberly Hart, the former Pink Power Ranger.
The series, taking place some time after she had left the Power Rangers, finds Kimberly living in France with her mother and step-father as she continues her gymnastics career. When her mother doesn’t seem to be responding to her texts Kimberly knows something is up and springs into action.
Seen as a re-imagining of the universe, Power Rangers: Pink gives us a whole new take on the original Pink Ranger. While Kimberly from the 90s was usually the stereotypical cheerleader girl of the group, this version is certainly more matured and finds Kimberly with a much more fitting persona of someone who spent many of her late teenage years being a super hero. With a mentality so fearless it borders on reckless, we see a Kimberly that motorbikes across France at high speeds, takes on monsters with no powers other than what she has naturally and using what she can find as weapons, along with her own personal bow. She even has a few quips in her arsenal along with some arrows that are better written that the original. This version of the Pink Ranger doesn’t give us a damsel in distress who’s going to sit back while the Red and White Rangers do all the heavy lifting; this comic gives us a ranger who is brave and skilled enough to be a hero even without powers.
Kimberly is pretty much the only character that we get to deal with in this issue. The only other supporting cast member is a young man named Serge. He happened to come to the village slightly before Kimberly and has been trapped by these monsters as he looks for his family and needs to be saved by Kimberly. He gets very little time to be more than someone that needs saved in this issue, which on one hand is good as it’s a solid reversal of action series stereotypes with Kimberly coming to his rescue. He just seems to be set up as a potential male interest for Kimberly – he sits there and gives her some exposition. While this means we get more time with the Pink Ranger and get a more personal issue with her, it would be good for her to have some decent supporting cast for out-of-the-fight scenes.
The art for this series is really bold and bright that it really catches your eye. It’s bright colours are somewhat similar to comics aimed at younger audiences, but it suits the world of Power Rangers: Pink so well. From start to finish the comic just oozes fun. The artwork does a good job of catching the emotion of each scene, even if it is a little cliché, such as a worried Kimberly in darkness as her friends walk away into the light. Some of the action, filled with bright colours and speed lines, seem somewhat more reminiscent of a Japanese style, which is most likely a stylistic choice given Power Rangers’ origins in Japan. The action is very well choreographed and the few fight scenes we get in this issue look great and really show off Kimberly’s skill, with a lot of gymnastic movements to her fighting style. Compared to many fights in the original the fighting is a lot more fluid, since it isn’t contained by what the actors can do and an effects budget. And since it isn’t needed to pad out the story what you get is a more fluid and cooler looking fight scene. Kimberly’s civilian battle outfit also looks pretty badass as well, along with being quite appropriate for fighting in.
If you weren’t sure why the Pink Ranger was getting her own solo series or think that she didn’t need one, then you really need this. It’s the perfect mix of nostalgia while updating it to be more modern and serious. This new version is a breath of fresh air for fans of the original series who could struggle to watch it with how cheesy it can be. Kimberly is a great female hero in this. She has so much agency, she takes charge and jumps head first into battle. She is both emotional but calm enough to plan ahead and fight smart. If you don’t know much about the Mighty Morphin Power Ranger mythos, there might be a few things that get a little lost on you, but you should be able to catch on fairly easy. Power Rangers: Pink is just a great ride from start to finish and a perfect first issue to launch this mini solo series.