ADVANCED REVIEW: ‘Rainbow Brite,’ Issue #3

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Rainbow Brite #3 is published by Dynamite Comics and written by Jeremy Whitley, with art by Brittney Williams, colors by Valentina Pinto, and lettered by Taylor Esposito. The regular cover was done by Paulina Ganucheau. Previously, in issue #2, Wisp finally took on the mantle of Rainbow Brite but still doubts her ability and potential to save the world and restore color.

We pick up with Wisp taking on the King of Shadow’s mad scientist, Murky, with the power of her Spector. Her and Twinkle are able to escape Murky’s grasp and focus on finding the red color guardian before he also gets captured. Throughout this story, Wisp has doubted herself and here she still doubts her ability to be Rainbow Brite. Wisp struggles with trusting Twinkle and understanding the bizarre circumstances she has been thrown into.

Rainbow Brite #3 takes on the concept of destiny. While Twinkle is insistent that Wisp was destined to be Rainbow Brite, she is unsure. Twinkle ensures her that no one starts a hero and she is currently the best hope the world has. Often the best stories of destiny are less about chosen one narratives and more about ordinary people deciding to do extraordinary things when the going gets tough.

Whitley is able to convey young Wisp in a genuine light. Wisp feels like a young child and acts in a way a young child world. She has an optimistic naivety that is well balanced with her insecurities. Williams is able to add to the childhood wonder of the comic with her art that is paired with Pinto’s vibrant colors. Williams’ is not afraid to give Wisp expressive facial expressions.

In comic books, female characters are often drawn with one-dimensional facial expressions that don’t feel authentic to real-life young girls. Additionally, in a book like Rainbow Brite, color is immensely important to not only the tone of the book but the story. Esposito’s creative lettering choices help further convey Wisp’s personality and expressions while remaining legible. Legible in a comic like this is so important since it does have a younger reading level.

Rainbow Brite continues to be a delightful adventure that feeds the nostalgia which is so popular right now. Reboots are all the rage and similar to She-Ra, Rainbow Brite keeps true to the source material but successfully updates it for the modern reader, young and old. I highly recommend this book to fans of the original series but also anyone who enjoys She-Ra, Hilda, or similar stories that focus on the whimsy of childhood and colorful adventures.

Rainbow Brite #3 is available at comic stores and digital retailers everywhere January 2, 2019.

Rainbow Brite #3
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TL;DR

Rainbow Brite continues to be a delightful adventure that feeds the nostalgia which is so popular right now. Reboots are all the rage and similar to She-Ra, Rainbow Brite keeps true to the source material but successfully updates it for the modern reader, young and old.