Author: Kevin Panetta & Paulina Ganucheau
Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel, YA
Goodreads Synopsis: They’re an elite group of teenage girls with magical powers who have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures . . . as long as they can get out of class! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high-school girls aren’t just combating math tests. They’re also battling monsters–not your typical afterschool activity! But when an evil force from another dimension infects team leader Emma, she must work with her team of magically powered friends to save herself–and the world–from the evil Diana and her mean-girl minions!
From Kevin Panetta (Bravest Warriors) and Paulina Ganucheau (TMNT: New Animated Adventures, Bravest Warriors), this super-fun and heartfelt story of growing up and friendship–with plenty of magical-girl fighting action–delivers the most exciting new ensemble cast in comics!
Collects Zodiac Starforce #1-#4
Zodiac Starforce was kindly provided by Edelweiss. All opinions are my own.
This was review was supposed to get published last week, but I accidentally scheduled it for today. My bad. Ha ha.
What a fantastic graphic novel! If you’re a fan of magical girls like Sailor Moon, you should definitely check Zodiac Starforce. Let me start off with character designs, I love it. I love the “big” hair too. Reminds me of Jem & The Holograms, the animated series and not the movie.
There are flaws to this first volume. The story starts with absolutely no explanation about our four protagonists. Nada. The beginning was a bit confusing because it doesn’t properly introduce the characters. I had to read the beginning twice just to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I would have liked for each of the girls to have their backstory revealed and how they got chosen by Astra, a celestial goddess. It feels as if I picked up a second book in a series, instead of the first book. Hopefully each girl has their backstory explained in upcoming volumes because it’s a issue that needs to get resolved.
As for the pacing of the story, it was a bit rushed. I would have liked for more details, but alas, that was not the case. I am hoping that the next volume does not encounter the same issues I found with Zodiac Starforce. As for the characters, my favorite had to be Kim aka Aries. She has most of the funny moments in the overall story. I am hoping that she gets much more screen time. The bond between the girls was not strong enough for me. Why? Even though the girls have gone through many perils, it is said but not seen. Lack of an introduction to each other the characters makes this story a bit weak for me.
Final thoughts? Zodiac Starforce is a entertaining graphic novel. Even though I had issues with it, I still want to continue the story. Here are my reasons why you should read Zodiac Starforce?
- Diversity: All the girls are diverse and so are the background characters. It is quite refreshing. I can’t stress that enough
- Magical Girls: Who doesn’t love Magical Girls?
- Zodiac: Each girl has a power based on their zodiac sign! That sounds awesome! Hopefully a Sagittarius gets introduced soon
- Gorgeous artwork: I can’t get over how beautiful it is! Look at it:
Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5)