Title: Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra,
Author: Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau
Type: Fiction, Comic Book/Graphic Novel, YA
Genre: Fantasy, Magic
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
Date published: March 9, 2016
Page Count: 136
Summary: 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!
– MY REVIEW –
I was happy with this comic book before I even opened it up to the first page! The cover is absolutely fabulous! I love the style and I love the colours. It’s just extremely pleasing to the eye (for me at least). I was also happy to find that the quality of art continued inside this graphic novel as well. There have been times where I’ve picked up a comic book due to being drawn in by the art style on the cover, and then being disappointed when I opened it up and found that the cover artist was completely different from the comic artist, or that the comic artist gave their all when they made the cover, but then didn’t put in as much effort in the comic panels.
Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra retains it’s quality however, as the style remains just as crisp and enjoyable to look at, and the colours match the vibrancy of those on the cover. This comic was a pure joy to flip through not only because of the visuals of course (although those are important to me when I read graphic novels), but the characters and plot were enjoyable as well.
I absolutely adore the diverse array of characters in this graphic novel, particularly that of the “main cast.” There is diversity in skin tone, body size, and sexuality! In addition, each of the girls have their own unique personality, and their different characteristics are mostly likeable!
There was one character which bothered me a little, mainly because I really wanted to like her, and I wanted her to be a little stronger than she actually turned out being. There is character development within this first volume though, and I was quite pleased with how things turned out. Besides, I ended up having a different favourite character (psst! It’s Molly) and looking back, this doesn’t seem at all surprising to me, because I tend to be drawn to fire-type characters with fiery personalities (*cough* Sailor Mars *cough*)!
I highly recommend this to those who enjoy comic books, even those who would like to try one out for the first time, those who like girl power, fantasy, and of course fans of the colour pink, and Sailor Moon!
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