Advance Review: Rainbow Brite #1

A new series of Rainbow Brite – out now from Dynamite Entertainment by writer Jeremy Whitley and artist Brittney L. Williams

Rainbow Brite #1

The adventure begins for children and adults alike, as the classic character Rainbow Brite comes to comics and brings a little color to your life! Wisp and Willow are best friends who live in a small town. They are inseparable, until one night Wisp discovers something is stealing the color from the world! To escape their grasp, Wisp must use her wits and the help of a new friend?from somewhere else! Then the adventure begins! Follow along with writer Jeremy Whitley (My Little Pony, Unstoppable Wasp) and artist Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, Goldie Vance) as we find out how this seemingly normal girl becomes Rainbow Brite and how it changes Wisp, Willow, and their world!

Jeremy Whitley – Writer
Brittney L. Williams – Artist
Paulina Ganucheau – Cover Artist, Variant Cover Artist
Tony Fleecs – Variant Cover Artist

OK, cards on the table. Going into this I knew nothing about Rainbow Brite. Before reading I asked my wife if she knew about Rainbow Brite or watched the show. I was very quickly told to read it and then comment. My wife was very serious about it and I was obviously being to frivolous about the subject!

So I read.

And I enjoyed.

Jeremy Whitley has put together a great beginning for a new readers (and hopefully old fans) Introducing the characters and the the scenes really well. Willow and Wisp are so darn likable and their adventures together look great. The addition of the parents to both of the kids was well done, and they weren’t the usual tropes for parents. These are supportive, yet sensible parents who let the kids get on with their own play. As a parent I really appreciated the writing of the characters. Although this is only the first issue and the tone of the story doesn’t rush through too fast. The pace is really nicely done, with some panel transitions and action scenes (both real and imaginary). So far we’ve got a nice blend of characters and the lead up to a quest. This was well told and shown.

That leads me nicely onto the art. I didn’t know what to expect, I had seen some previous Rainbow Brite art and thought it may be a little too cute. This art really got the mix right. The cover art also gets the tone. There is some really good fun art, which combine nicely with the story. The comedic, action and serious parts are really well done, with some brilliant scenes. The tones are really well done, with bright sunshine in some scenes, rain and misery and more grey misery (on purpose!)

In conclusion, I enjoyed this read more than I thought I would (my fault, and I should learn not to judge immediately!) and am looking forward to issue #2 from this team and Dynamite Entertainment.

I have a funny feeling the wife will want to read it!

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