PopLurker Reviews: ‘Rainbow Brite Issue Two’ by Jeremy Whitley

Okay, so I’m completely dumb and didn’t even realize “Twink” could be short for “Twinkle”.

In my review of Rainbow Brite Issue One from Dynamite Entertainment, I made mention of how I didn’t want the new, older, wiser, more chatty sidekick named ‘Twinkle’ to end up becoming Twink. Unfortunately, he is. Wisp gives him the nickname Twink, explains what nicknames are, and everything is magical friendship Rainbow Land.

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I have to say that I really enjoy the pacing of this issue. It really reads more like that Chapter One I was craving, and not the prologue I was given last month. It starts doing some actual world building, but it isn’t perfect. Not quite yet.

Something about it that I found really funny is that Willow, Wisp’s wise friend (who is an original creation to this comic book series), is missing the entire issue. I’m not even sure her name was dropped. No flashback, no scene where Willow is worrying about Wisp, literally nothing. I don’t mind on a narrative level, but you have to admit it’s sort of funny.

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One thing I appreciate with the new comic is that we’re, like I mentioned before, really beginning to world build. Twink has explained some of the lore behind Rainbow Land and the characters we’re going to meet. Including ‘the chosen one’ Rainbow Brite herself. By now, it occurred to me that we haven’t seen any teaser art of the Color Kids, who are taking a page from Sailor Moon and renaming them Color Guardians.

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However, the issue does mark the (name dropping of) the King of Shadows. Fans of the original 80s cartoon will remember that the King of Shadows is the dark and spooky force who enslaved Murky and Lurky and made them do his bidding to kidnap the color kids and suck all the color out of Rainbow Land. So, in that regard, the bones of the story is the same.

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Old Lurky and Murky

However, Murky is now an evil scientist who kind of dresses like me. It’s great. I’m also really into the design for Lurky. Murky berates Lurky just as much as he used to in the 80s. Hell, Murky Dismal gave me ‘Hopscotch Brain”, one of my favorite insults to this day.

 

Ultimately, there’s seemingly a lot of story to tell and hopefully more issues to go. I’m enjoying this story and still stand by my statement that this story lends itself well to the comic book format. I think the art is charming and the designs are pretty solid. And really, this is a story and a comic book for kids.

New things in this Rainbow World include a rainbow scepter in addition to the color belt. Wisp finds the scepter in Murky’s laboratory. Its design is very Star Vs. The Forces of Evil, which is funny, because Star draws influence from Rainbow Brite. Wisp makes a leap for the scepter and upon touching it has a She-Ra-esque transformation. That part is fine. But honestly, the most upsetting and weakest writing in this whole issue is Wisp’s reaction when she transforms into Rainbow Brite:

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…she straight says Huh, that was weird

Huh, that was weird?

I’m going to be a nerd rage jerkoff when I say this, but I mean it.

Get fucked.

There could have been a million other ways Wisp reacted to her transformation that would have automatically softened the mood and told us that Wisp knows she’s in deep for some life changing adventure. Maybe something more along the lines of…

What just happened to me?

This can’t be possible.

This isn’t real.

I can’t believe this, what’s going on?

But really? “Huh, that was weird”? NO DUDE. That’s what you say when you eat a flavor of M&M that you don’t like. Or someone promises you’re going to like this mango chili chocolate chutney and you try it against your better judgment on a piece of Coco Puffs crusted fried chicken. But not when you transform into a magical girl using….MAGIC.

Urge to kill fading.

Perhaps issue three will open with a joke or something that justifies that stupid ending line. But my god, it just reads like a slap in the face to the integrity and beauty of the story. Hell, we’re in for a life changing adventure with a little girl who is going to learn how strong and important she is. If the writers can’t take it seriously, how the hell will the readers?

I give Rainbow Brite Issue Two 4/5 star sprinkles.

 

 

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