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Review: Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #2

Winter break isn’t so relaxing for the team! A creature from the dark dimension Nephos has been summoned to their town by unknown enemies. The girls also discover they aren’t the only Zodiac Starforce team–are they friend . . . or foe?

In Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #2 things get complicated as Nephos paints the town red which grants Alice and her friends their powers back in the processes. There’s some nice twists and turns as the Zodiac Starforce manage to encounter him, almost defeating him. Then Nephos reveals he is more powerful then the simple dancer he claimed to be. However, with the appearance of another Zodiac Starforce near the end, I’m curious to see how it impacts the story and where this all goes. Writer Kevin Panetta has me really interested in what is up his sleeve.

The art by Paulina Ganucheau continues to be well balanced. The issue shows off the “normal” aspects of the Zodiac Starforce members’ life as they deal with family and school and then balances all of that with introducing parts of Cimmeria’s kingdom. Despite the briefness of the glimpses, you can see the influence of Arabic and Medieval culture in it. It’s impressive to be able to seamlessly blend things so unlike each other and make it all work so well.

Story: Kevin Panetta Art: Paulina Ganucheau
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #1

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An elite group of teenage girls with magical powers 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!

 

After defeating a former Zodiac Starforce member and her mean-girl minions, the girls thought they’d get a little break! But a new big bad’s come out to play, and demons are starting to overrun the downtown!

Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #1 continues shortly after the first volume ends. Intelligently, the first issue makes sure to include a brief retelling of the past volume to refresh fans and introduce fans who are unaware of the first volume. That’s super helpful when there’s breaks between series and helps make a new volume new reader friendly. Writer Kevin Panetta does an amazing job keeping a quick pace for the story while managing to balance character development and action. We also get a bit of a reveal of who the next villain may be.

Artist Paulina Ganucheau continues the “Sailor Moon” inspired art style. She manages to give the Zodiac supernatural element some great detail. It also showcases a very colorful visual style in the process in addition to showcasing some series action as the story unfolds.

A solid start to a series that’s entertaining and action packed and manages originality despite familiarity.

Story: Kevin Panetta Art: Paulina Ganucheau
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #1

Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #1

Story: Kevin Panetta
Art: Paulina Ganucheau

An elite group of teenage girls with magical powers 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!

After defeating a former ZS member and her mean-girl minions, the girls thought they d get a little break! But a new big bad s come out to play, and demons are starting to overrun the downtown!

ECCC 2017: The Zodiac Starforce Girls Are Back

Dark Horse is excited to announce Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince, the follow-up to the breakout hit Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra by Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau. 2015’s Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra spawned a passionate fan base and a second printing.

The Zodiac Starforce is an elite group of teenage girls with magical powers who have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures. After defeating former Zodiac Starforce member Diana and her mean-girl minions, the girls thought they’d get a little break from protecting our world. Unfortunately, Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince finds our favorite magical teenage girls battling a new big bad!

The first issue of Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince (of four) goes on sale July 5, 2017.

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Review: Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra TPB

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An elite group of teenage girls with magical powers 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! But when an evil force infects leader Emma, she must work with her team to save herself—and the world—from the evil Diana and her mean-girl minions! Collects Zodiac Starforce #1–#4.

Zodiac Starforce is a brand-new creator-owned series from Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau for fans of Sailor Moon, Buffy, and Lumberjanes!

Honestly, when this series first came out I was intrigued but, ignored it until the trade paperback was released. Which for sake of the read was smart, despite all the humor, action, and drama that is contained within the series. While I think a good chunk of what Dark Horse publishes is darker, this series is much more light-hearted and for a broader age of ranges. This is easily a must have for fans of Sailor Moon, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’m curious to see if Dark Horse will continue this series, or not, but hoping we’ll see more of it.

I love the interchange of colors between the characters normal lives, and their Zodiac lives. While each page is spectrum of colors, I will admit scenes where the Zodiac Starforce is in Astra’s world are a sight to see. Even the Shadow dimension is filled with a great amount of contrast. It’s a great compliment and reflects the series well.

Story: Kevin Panetta Art: Paulina Ganucheau
Story: 9 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

StarNewsOnline – POLICE BLOTTER: $12000 in comic books stolen from Wilmington store – If anyone knows anything, help them out.

Kotaku – Spider-Man Cosplay Is Coming Home – Some impressive cosplay on display.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Batman #26

Newsarama – Batman #26

ComicsVerse – Loose Ends

Talking Comics – Turncoat

CBR – Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #1

Review: Zodiac Starforce Adventures

Zodiac Starforce AdventuresWith its brand new series coming out from Dark Horse Comics next week, I thought I’d dig into my back issue bin to pull out a blast from the past, Zodiac Starforce Adventures. I picked this up at a Small Press Expo (though maybe it was Big Planet) a while back, and I could tell when I picked it up it was one of those comics that was a great find. Published by Big Planet Comics this indie comic is created by the team of writer Kevin Panetta and artist Paulina Ganucheau with tones by Savanna Canucheau. The comic also features pin-ups from Savanna, Brooke Allen (of Lumberjanes fame) and Coleman Engle (of Steven Universe). The black and white minicomic exudes talent, and it’s great that Dark Horse sees this too.

Part of a long line of mystic defenders, the Zodiac Starforce is an elite group of teenage girls with magical powers who are sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures.

By the power of Astra, Zodiac Starforce lights the way!

zodiac starforceZodiac Starforce Adventures: Ghost in the Arcade Machine is a short fun comic that has the team in an arcade battling a ghost. Not too complicated stuff, but it has everything it needs. Cool design? Check. Group of kick-ass girls? Check. Fun/entertaining story? Check. Yeah, it’s not hard to see why this got picked up by a major publisher. All that stuff above as far as mystic defenders? Not so much here as far as details. But they fight a dark creature with magical powers.

The art and story is a great mix with just a fun positive vibe about it all. This is girl power for kids of all ages (even us in our 30s).

Zodiac Starforce has everything I love in this type of comic (obviously) and with a new series around the corner, it’s going to be fantastic to see where Panetta and Ganucheau take the series, and how big this will blow up, plus it’ll be in color! I’m predicting a hardcore Tumblr following at least.

You can actually check out the comic on the Zodiac Starforce website, and get prepared for the new series’ debut this coming Wednesday! And of course we’ll have a review. This one is a buy though, if you can find it, and if not, you can read it at the link above.

Story: Kevin Panetta Art: Paulina Ganucheau
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Rick and Morty Volume 8

Rick and Morty Volume 8

(W) Kyle Starks, Tini Howard, Josh Trujillo, (A), Marc Ellerby, Katy Farina, Rii Abrego, (C) Sarah Stern, Rian Sygh, (CA) Marc Ellerby
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor—Price: $19.99—Page Count: 128

Catch up on the adventures of degenerate genius scientist Rick Sanchez as he drags his inherently timid grandson Morty Smith on dangerous adventures across the universe! This volume features Eisner-nominated writer Kyle Starks (Sexcastle) and series artist Marc Ellerby in collaboration with all-star talent like Tini Howard (Rick and Morty™: Pocket Like You Stole It), Josh Trujillo (Love is Love), Rii Abrego (Adventure Time), and Sarah Stern (Zodiac Starforce).

Witness the sheer depths of sadness in “A Jerry Bad Day”! Glory in the gothic vampire-killing madness of “Let the Rick One In”! See Rick turn into a bunch of different objects (it’s not just pickles anymore, bro!) in “Battle Rickale”! All that and more in this collection of Rick and Morty™ comics! Collects issues #36-40.

We Talk Zodiac Starforce with Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau

Both Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau are relatively new to the medium of comics, but with a bit of experience under their belt, they are both ready to make their mark with the new series from Dark Horse, Zodiac Starforce.  The series features a group of teenage girls who have magical powers but also a devotion to an ideal.  We got a chance to talk with about the creators about the new series and what their inspirations were.

zsf002Graphic Policy:  Can you talk about some of your inspirations for the series?

Kevin Panetta: Zodiac Starforce is definitely a melding of influences from both me and Paulina. I love ensemble teams and high school stuff like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Paulina is a magical girl fanatic.

Paulina Ganucheau: I love team books. And while I’m a big Buffy fan too, a huge influence was obviously Sailor Moon. But you don’t even really need to say that when you mention magical girls. She’s THE magical girl.

GP:  As is evident from the name, Zodiac Starforce involves both a sci-fi and a supernatural element, two inspirations that often clash with one another.  Why did you choose to incorporate both into this series?

KP:  The more sci-fi/cosmic elements of the story are heavily focused on mythology, so it all sort of just worked together to create big supernatural/fantasy universe.

GP:  An all-female superhero team is still enough of a rarity in comics, but there are also some changes underway in the medium, with more focus on more realistic female heroes.  What do you make of the recent changes?

zsf001PG:  I think all the changes in creating more female lead comics is incredible and I hope they just keep on changing. Actually, I KNOW they will keep on changing. There’s too many female lead books being created by amazing teams that are on top right now for it to go back. Spider Gwen, Squirrel Girl, Batgirl, Ms. Marvel, Black Canary, Jem and the Holograms, Bombshells… Sorry I could just keep going. There’s so many great new books.

That having been said, some might say that while the representations of female characters has improved that there are still some changes to be made.

GP:  What changes do you think need to be done that  female heroes can be both likable and more realistic?

KP:  I’m not actually sure that realistic women characters need to be likeable. I think every character has flaws and that’s usually the thing that makes them interesting. This has been true of male heroes in comics forever, so I don’t see why women characters should be treated any differently, in that respect. Basically, write PEOPLE not GENDERS.

GP:  Team books often use the dynamic of needing to get the core back together as a story element.  You use the same idea here, although somewhat differently, but why do you think that there is such an appeal to “original teams”

KP:  There is an appeal to a group of characters that have been through a lot together. Even though we don’t explicitly show it in this story, just knowing that these characters have a shared history makes their relationships more complex.

zsf003GP:  Can you talk a bit about the characters themselves?  Each seems to be from a somewhat different social circle, yet they are evidently also adept at working together.  Why did you choose these backgrounds for the characters?

KP:  When the story starts, the girls are all in different places and aren’t really friends anymore. A lot has changed for them since the last time they were heroes and because of that they’ve drifted apart. They were still a team once, though, so the old connection they have to each other is still there, which is why they can still work together so well when they need to.

GP:  Do any of the characters stand out to you?

PG:  They’re all pretty unique to me. If I wasn’t involved with the book I would probably be a hardcore fan because of this great group of characters. I have a big connection with Emma though. She’s a lot like me and I really identify with her.

KP:  I’ve been a very vocal Kim supporter from the very beginning. She’s so stubborn and she has a cool denim jacket and good hair. They all have really good hair. Zodiac Starforce is a comic full of good hair.

GP:  Can you give us a bit of an idea where the series is heading?

KP:  All I can say is that the universe of Zodiac Starforce is a lot bigger than these four girls. I’m really excited for what the future holds!

Preview: Regular Show Parks & Wreck SC

Regular Show Parks & Wreck SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Kevin Burkhalter, Yumi Sakugama, Jimmy Giegerich, Kristina Nesss, Shanna Matuszak, Sara Goetter, Molly Ostertag, Kevin Panetta, Derek Fridolfs, Andy Kluthe,Patty Lovas
Artists: Tessa Stone, Allison Strejlau, Andy Kluthe, Molly Ostertag, Rian Sygh, Mad Rupert, Derek Charm, Sara Goetter
Colorists: Lisa Moore, Katy Farina, Whitney Cogar, Jen Hickman
Letterers: Corey Breen, Katy Farina, Shawn Aldridge, Jim Campbell, Ed Dukeshire,
Cover Artist: Jorge Corona
Price: $14.99

From druids, to wi-fi demons, to the dreaded Melan Collie, it’s adventure after all-new misadventure for Mordecai and Rigby. Starring characters like Skips and Benson, Eileen and Pops, this collection is jam-packed with fun for any Regular Show fan!

Featuring new, original short stories by Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy), Kevin Panetta (Zodiac Starforce), Rian Sygh (The Backstagers), Mad Rupert (Sakana), Derek Fridolfs (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society), and many more!

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