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Jen and Tyler Bartel’s Magical Girls Pack a Punch in Crystal Fighters

You’ve never seen magical girls like this! Co-writers Jen Bartel and Tyler Bartel step into the ring for Crystal Fighters, a unique story described as Sailor Moon meets Street Fighter! Originally offered on the digital platform Stela, Dark Horse will publish the complete Chaos Arena: Crystal Fighters web comic series to trade paperback for the first time ever!

Crystal Fighters follows a bored teen named Stella who has grown up in a world fully immersed in virtual reality games. But like many teens, her parents restrict her gaming to safe “age-appropriate” games. Enter “Crystal Fighters,” a magical girl game filled with bright colors and nauseating positivity. But for Stella, things take a turn for the interesting when she discovers an underground magical girl fight club within the game that adds a whole new level of thrills and danger to her once mundane gaming experience. But the phrase “be careful what you wish for” soon takes on a whole new meaning as she discovers a dark side to the magical girls as she is pulled into a series of tournaments in the virtual reality game that could have real-world consequences.

Crystal Fighters TPB goes on sale August 29, 2018.