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
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