Lizzy Garcia, writer for But Why Tho? The Podcast, and I discussed the legacy and future of Rainbow Brite … and my love of Steven Universe.
But Why Tho: Why do you think Rainbow Brite is so important?
Whitley: I think Rainbow Brite is important because it is a story where the hero solves many of the problems by talking to others and making an attempt to understand them. Rainbow Brite, in what was a pretty rare move in the 80’s, demonstrates what are generally held to be feminine attributes in a heroic way. The emphasis isn’t on strength, anger, will, determination, rage or any of that. Rainbow Brite saves the day using kindness, compassion, empathy, and love. I feel like there are some adults out there that could learn a lot from characters like her and Steven Universe.
Garcia, Lizzy. “Rainbow Brite: Shining Light on a Franchise – An Interview with Jeremy Whitley” But Why Tho? The Podcast. 2 February 2019.
But Why Tho? The Podcast reviews Rainbow Brite #3.
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.
Rating: 4/5 Color Guardians
Garcia, Lizzy. “ADVANCED REVIEW: ‘Rainbow Brite,” Issue #3” But Why Tho? The Podcast. 26 December 2018
However, despite the wordy nature of the comic, it is delightful. Whitley writes an incredibly likable Wisp. Additionally, Williams’ art adds a lot of whimsy to the story with its cartoonish design. In a book called Rainbow Brite, color is very important. While a lot of this issue had to rely on grays, the end panels are beautifully colored and drawn. Pinto’s coloring within the last three pages of the book elevates the book entirely. The last pages smartly feature little dialogue and instead focus on Wisp’s expressions and transformation. Overall, I highly recommend this book for someone looking for a lighter read as well as fans of Rainbow Brite both new and old.
Rainbow Brite #2 is available at comic stores everywhere.
Rating: 4/5 Star Sceptors
Garcia, Lizzy. “REVIEW: ‘Rainbow Brite,’ Issue #2” But Why Tho? The Podcast. 14 November 2018.