Rainbow Brite #1 – A Guest Review

December 18, 2018 Author: Lady Ganache PoC Guest Columnist

Rainbow Brite #1

Dynamite Entertainment
Writer: Jeremy Whitley
Artist: Brittney Williams
Colorist: Valentina Pinto
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Editor: Kevin Ketner

Lady Ganache here! I’m about to write a review for a comic book.  So if you know me at all, you are probably wondering if Mugatu slipped you some crazy pills…  I know, right?
Welp – here is my comic book review origin story….  followed by the actual comic book review.
On the ride back from the awesome Kellustration Christmas party [editor note:check out Kellustration, the great comic restoration company!], the Jo(h)ns passionately discussed and sometimes heatedly debated about a variety of pop culture topics that I have no interest in.  Not to be rude, but these guys can talk… a lot… and because I’m a “normie” – I don’t know what the heck they are talking about at least 90% of the time (think: just smile and nod, perhaps offer a snack…). Prince’s Purple Rain was on the radio. How is a girl supposed to choose? My name is Prince and I am funky…

Eventually the topic turned to the Rainbow Brite comic that Hubby Ganache had brought home for me to read. John has been trying for years to find a comic book that I’ll actually read. As a child of the 80’s, I have lots of fond memories of Rainbow Brite, My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake and the Care Bears. I miss the childhood world of bright colors, adorable bears shooting magic from their chunky bellies to solve problems using teamwork and braiding glittery horse manes while getting dizzy from huffing the sweet smell of berries from my Strawberry Shortcake dolls. 
When John handed me the comic book with the brightly colored cover (A.K.A. CoverC: “Classic Art”) with my homegirl, Rainbow Brite, and her sidekick,*Twink, I became nostalgic and was ready to start reading. 

   *Twink is Rainbow Brite’s sprite sidekick, his name is short for Twinkle.  Not be confused with Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s definition on their Twink, Twank, Bear or Otter episode.

Sir Jon [ye editor – ed.] then suggested that I write this review and I said okay.  So, here we go….
Issue number 1 is the origin story of Rainbow Brite. It introduces her best friend, Willow. Her magical sprite sidekick, Twinkle. The Minions of the King of Shadows and their evil plan to remove all the color from the world. And you get your first peek into Rainbow Land.

The story is setting the stage for adventure and has me wondering/guessing what will be revealed in Issue 2. The art doesn’t have the same whimsy as the 80’s cartoons, but has its own appeal and is very well done. The coloring is great and I’m sure was a challenge for the colorist between the real world, rainbow land and the absence of color.

I’m excited to read Issue #2. It’ll be fun to see what is kept the same as the original and where they will make changes.

“Hey Glumface! Next time there’s a rainbow look up! You’ll feel better… and you might see me too!”  ~ Rainbow Brite

Thanks for reading!  Stay tuned for review #2.  Smell you all later.

Rainbow Brite #1 was released on October 3rd of 2018 and is available now from better comic book shops and directly from the Dynamite Entertainment website, for your shopping convenience. Get it now before it’s gone!

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