I’ve somehow managed to completely ignore Boom’s on-going Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers series due to a variety of factors. That’s a weird mentality if you listened to the podcast or follow me on Twitter, because it’s pretty obvious I’m a Power Rangers fanboy from back in the day. I’ve always had a weird relationship with the property, as it just wasn’t considered “cool” when I was a kid for a very long time. Fortunately, Boom’s gotten a handful of writers on hand who seem to share my adoration of the franchise, and I was curious as hell as to what they’d do with a Pink Ranger solo title.
Settings wise, this is in a place you wouldn’t expect. This is Kimberly Hart as the Pink Ranger, but it’s set during the era after her character was written off, when a de-powered Kim had left the team to pursue a gymnastics career. As a result, we’re immediately thrust into a strange new territory for a Power Rangers series as we watch Kim try to save the day without her powers.
The result is a fun and lighthearted story of a deserted town and a heroine on her own. The story is fun, and that’s what matters. It’s a treat to see Kim during this era, a period where her character ceased to exist so far as the world was concerned and showing her still kicking ass and taking names. The story is served excellently by a bright, vibrant art style that homages perfectly to the Power Rangers series while not feeling like a knock off.
In short, as a Power Rangers fan from long ago, this is the kind of story I’ve come to enjoy. Fun, light, exciting but never feeling cheesy or forced. The set-up is here for a great adventure with a character that many had forgotten and was sorely missing from Saban’s own 20th anniversary celebration. While it’s set-up is simple, it is unique and has a logical place in the history of a storied franchise, making this something that can be enjoyed by fans new and old.