If you think you’ve been on bad first dates, imagine one where you’re trapped in another dimension, fighting for your lives, and also your new paramour is probably a super-villain. Your Major Spoilers review of Radiant Pink #3 from Image Comics awaits!
RADIANT PINK #3
Writer: Meghan Camarena and Melissa Flores
Artist: Emma Kubert
Colorist: Rebecca Nalty
Letterer: DC Hopkins
Editor: Michael Busuttil
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 22, 2023
Previously in Radiant Pink: In the wake of last month’s shocking revelation, Eva and Kelly might finally have what they need to get home-but is there enough trust in this blossoming new relationship to pull it off? Sure, there are still three issues left in this miniseries, but they might! You never know!
“I’M NOT THE BAD GUY”
After last issue’s reveal that Kelly has superpowers of her own, Radiant Pink passed out and slept… for TEN HOURS. Her awakening is shocking, not just because they’re trapped on another planet in a ship owned by a giant alien cat. Their discussion (and Kelly’s helpful flashback) explains the hows and whys of the EMT’s association with the strange terrorists who blew up the children’s hospital back in issue #1, including the important fact that she didn’t KNOW they were going to hurt people. Eva/Pink isn’t convinced, but when they erupt into violence, Kelly once again shows that she has the upper hand. That’s when their “host” wakes up, but rather than try to eat them again, the kitty turns on the universal translator and introduces themself, “My name is Kitty Kitty of the Galactic Imperial Kitty Kitties.” It seems that the navigator of the craft was the one who had the opposable thumbs, but Kitty Kitty can help Pink and Kelly escape if they can just push the important buttons for them…
Of course, there’s also the matter of the ship slowly dissolving around them.
OUT OF THE FRYING PAN, INTO THE… RAIN?
The Title of this issue is The World’s Worst Love Story, and it’s extremely fitting. The flirtations of last issue have piqued the interest of both women, but Pink is naturally angry as hell to find out the truth of Kelly’s actions. Moreover, the strange harness that has been draining energy from the Radiant is somehow merging into Kelly’s body, making it clear that the guys who sent her lied about a lot more than just their intentions. The art is a lot of fun, especially Kitty Kitty’s expressions and general irritations with the backwater Earthers. Radiant Pink spends much of the issue with her energies depleted by overuse, but the quick moments we get of her using her powers are visually lovely, and the details of her armor and the ship are amazingly well-rendered. The final page reveal of the scale of the problem they’re facing is pretty great as well.
BOTTOM LINE: CLIFFHANGER!
All in all, the strong bits push Radiant Pink #3 past some issues with pacing that makes it feel a little slight, but the focus on Eva and Kelly’s attraction and the cuteness of alien kitties makes for a charming issue, earning 3.5 out of 5 stars overall. I have a feeling that, once it’s collected, we won’t even notice the pacing of this chapter, but as an individual issue, it’s the line between good and great.