Review: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink #2

Kimberly is outnumbered and outgunned. Goldar has his own monster who can turn people into his version of a vicious foot patrol monsters and worst of all, her mother is one of them now. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink #2 puts a new threat to a classic character. I spent some time scratching my head trying to pinpoint Kimberly’s new costume, the  overall demeanor in this series. Then it clicked: a take-charge attitude Pink Ranger who is on a mission of MMPR_Pink_002_A_Mainher own and goes through a power suit change? None other than Jen Scotts the Time Force Pink Ranger. The de-facto leader of the Time Force Power Rangers who also had a badass return during the team-up episode of Power Rangers Wild Force. There is certainly a lot of her attitude drawn into an experienced Kim who in this issue knows when to fight head-on and when to retreat. Power Rangers: Pink has managed to remind me of the two strongest Pink Rangers in the history of the franchise. Kimberly Hart for her incredible journey that went from being a preppy girl with no care in the world to a strong caring person who would do anything to help those in need; and Jen Scotts, a battle-hardened soldier with the scars to prove it, who finds that compassion and understanding are also necessary to become the true leader of the Power Rangers (she was and we all know it).

The ending of this issue felt rushed. There seemed to be plenty of time to stand and talk about transference of powers and the functionality of the Morphin Grid (which I’m all about), but the actions taken in the third act of this issue were done in six pages, including one of them a double spread page, whereas the elements in such were enough to move over into the next issue and spend more time with. Hopefully the action is let to breathe in the upcoming issues, since Danielle Di Nicuolo’s art does a fantastic job at showcasing Ranger fights.

MMPR_Pink_002_C_VariantThe art is as dynamic as it can get. Di Nicuolo and colorist Sarah Stern seem to be very comfortable drawing action sequences, so much so that I was left wanting for more, something as fairly simple as Kim dodging a glider in South America to the fights she has in this issue, there is this permeating feeling that she would shine with an issue where there were more punches than words. Di Nicuolo knows how to draw a badass Goldar, a scary vindictive monster who can act in and outside of Rita’s command. Let’s face it, he was the coolest looking monster other than Lord Zedd, sometimes I felt he was terribly misused by being constantly, particularly when he was paired up with Rita Repulsa. Di Nicuolo’s Goldar is the same one Jason had to fight without his morphin powers during Green With Evil, he’s regal and menacing, and a threat Kimberly knows to take very seriously.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink #2 is a dive-fest for those of us who love learning about Ranger lore. Where its creators have taken the characters from classic, campier version of Power Rangers and combined it with a more serious story comparable to a modern iteration of the series.

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink #2 Writers:Brenden Fletcher & Kelly Thompson Arist: Danielle Di Nicuolo Colorist: Sarah Stern Publisher: BOOM! Studios Price: $3.99 Format: Mini-Series; Print/Digital