Final issue! Are Kimberly, Trini, and Zack ready to leave behind the life of a Ranger once more? What does this mean for Tommy and Kimberly?
Kimberly’s team of Power Rangers manage to land where the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are fighting Serpentera. They’re pinned down when the Typhonis Ultrazord lands and takes out the disruptor on Serpentera, allowing the original team to pilot their Ninja Zords. Together they disable Serpentera long enough to escape. Kimberly wants to reach out to Tommy but realizes that now isn’t the time.
After the battle, Kimberly, Zack, and Trini hang out and discuss life. Kimberly seems to go through a mental gymnastics course of trying to let go of the life she led as a Power Ranger and begin to live the life as Kimberly Hart. The issue ends with the infamous “Dear John” letter that is read during Power Rangers Zeo where Kimberly breaks up with Tommy. However, the issue ends seeming to imply that there is in fact no one else – just that she couldn’t continue to live as the Pink Ranger to Tommy’s White Ranger.
This issue is probably the best of the six issues because of the emotional overtones it touches on especially at the end. Tying this whole thing in to the “Dear John” letter from Power Rangers Zeo was a brilliant story-telling move. It really paints Kimberly in a new light and, in a sense, paints Tommy in a new light too. He’s such a leader, such a driving force of the Power Rangers, he doesn’t have time to be with someone half a world away when he cannot even communicate that he’s going off-world to fight the bad guys.
As an overall mini-series, Power Rangers Pink left a lot to be desired in terms of the story-telling of the standalone story. It probably is the reason there hasn’t been another mini-series since this one. The biggest issue that the mini-series had was not that it didn’t tell a good story – just that it didn’t quite know HOW to tell it. The tone and pacing are all over the place but the parts that it does hit on well it nails. Re-reading the series for this review is a crucial reminder that nostalgia can drive a story but it cannot be the story, and this mini-series is a prime example of it.
Loved the new, loved the nostalgia, but hated the fact that it seemed rooted in trying to be a continuation of something aside from its own endearing story. If you loved Power Rangers, especially Kimberly, this is a must-read for you. If you’re looking for ground-breaking stories that blow your preconceived notion of Power Rangers away, then this mini-series might disappoint you. It’s fun – but it’s not what you get from the mainline comic. But the artwork by Daniele di Nicuolo is worth the price of admission at any time.
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