What if you could capture the feeling and emotions of Sailor Moon and make it comic book geared for today’s audience?
That book would be Zodiac StarForce. The comic follows a pretty crappy day for a young girl named Emma. Fitting in never works out, especially when your “awkward” age has been trumped by fighting monsters and saving the world.
The book opens up on what seems like a typical day when Emma is attacked by a pretty ugly giant monster. She instantly transforms into her Zodiac StarForce form and battles this beast when her old partner and high school friend, Kim, shows up and gives a helping hand.
They battle the beast and Emma destroys the monster by stabbing it. When she does this, she is shocked (literally), which will be an important issue later on.
As far as the rest of the book goes, Emma and Kim attempt to bring the team back together and figure out why after two years monsters have returned.
I first want to talk about the artwork. Normally, I do not like the very “cartoon network style” of art that most modern comic book artists use, It seems cheap and kills a very strong script. But, I feel this book does need this style of art, it fits well with the type of story they are trying to convey.
The only negative is the lack of action or the proper use of perspective. This is the only gripe I have with this book’s art. The artwork is channeling Sailor Moon and Scott Pilgrim, both use dynamic art and super stylized poses to show action. When Kim throws a punch or uses her Zodiac “weapon” attack, it has no impact.
As for the script, it is solid and fun and completely geared for the tweens and teenage demographic, but I do feel young adults and nostalgic fans can relate to this story 100%.
Is the book perfect? No, but it shouldn’t be. It’s a great way to introduce your group of heroes while at the same time bringing in new elements to a story we actually don’t know about yet. It has so much familiarity to it that it’s an easy pick up and worth your time and money.
Zodiac Starforce #1 (JUN150045)
Writer: Kevin Panetta
Artist: Paulina Ganucheau
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
On sale: Aug. 26
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