Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Released: July 2nd, 2019
I received a copy of Rainbow Brite through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Does anybody else remember the Rainbow Brite TV series? Or was it a movie? I can’t remember that much now, but I do remember being completely obsessed with the character when I was little. So I’m not ashamed to admit that I wanted to read this graphic novel in hopes of a heavy dose of nostalgia.
And I wasn’t disappointed. Rainbow Brite was more or less exactly like I remembered, though of course, this graphic novel did do a few fun twists with it. A fact that I can appreciate – we can’t have the story going stale now, can we?
This new graphic novel is being marketed towards kids and adults alike. To be honest, I think that a younger audience will appreciate the story more. Us adults will appreciate the memories though, so there’s that.
And in case you’re still wondering, yes, this graphic novel is, in fact, an origin story of the one and only Rainbow Brite. Take what you will from that.
This story follows Wisp and Willow. Two best friends who have no idea for the adventures that are in store for them. To be honest, their adventures started off as charming, but otherwise fairly slow. It was nice to get a chance to get to know both characters, of course. And I will give bonus points for the larping reference, which was totally unexpected.
This was a fun read, on the whole. I’m not going to pretend that it lived up to the expectations set by my childhood memory. But realistically that was an unfair comparison, to begin with. I will be curious to see what new fans think of this tale, without all of the expectations and biases of older fans.
For what it’s worth, I’m happy to have read it. Though I’m not entirely sure that I would continue the series. This was mostly a fun standalone or experience for me.