First Impressions: Zodiac Starforce by Kevin Panetta



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! 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! (Source: Goodreads)

This is exactly the kind of thing I love. Magical girls, astrology, mythical gods and monsters, and an interesting storyline right from page one.

In the first chapter, we are introduced to a group of girls, Emma, Kim, Savannah (Savi), and Molly, who make up the Zodiac Starforce, a magical team that protects mankind from evil. It’s a pretty standard opening to a magical girl series but there’s a key difference: the girls have already saved the world. Yes, two years prior to the start of the series the girls defeated the sorceress Cimmeria in a fight that seemed to have casualties. Real casualties that hit close to home for the team. Unfortunately, things appear to be stirring once again when the team leader Emma is infected with dark energy following the mysterious disappearance of one of their classmates.

 I was hooked from the first page. The artwork is fantastic and colourful, but not too overwhelming. We also have a range of representation within the races and body types of the main cast. The pacing of the story was also well done. I was able to understand everything being presented without ever feeling bored. In fact, I was a little disappointed when the chapter was over because now I have to go buy the second/first volume.

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