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I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc.  And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.

Pink Vomit

Zodiac Starforce Volume 1: By the Power of Astra (Zodiac Starforce (Collected Editions) #1) - Paulina Ganucheau, Kevin Panetta

After ingesting gross quantities of candy floss and bubblegum whilst watching hours and hours of Sailor Moon, Captain Planet, Scooby Doo and Jem a group of artists and writers wretched this up.


No.  I didn't enjoy it.  First of all, we are dumped into the middle of a story that's already underway.  I felt like I just sat down in the middle of an story arc, I had no idea who these people were, what the hell was going on or why I should give a crap about it.


Although the characters represented a diverse group on first appearance, their personalities and back stories were blah, or entirely non-existent.  I was somewhat offended by the lesbian characters here, there was absolutely no depth to their relationship, or much lead up to it.  I felt like the diversity was just thrown in, not because the authors understand the importance of it, but just because they thought it was expected.


I suppose it's good that it's there, even if not well thought out or executed...but still I want it to be, I don't want a character who supposedly represents a particular group of people only by way of their skin-tone or by whom they kiss, without any deeper examination or thought put into them.


Although the authors go through some of their influences (such as Jem and Scooby Doo) at the end of the comic, along with their character sketches and other extras, I couldn't find even one mention of Sailor Moon, the most obvious influence to this derivative monstrosity.  Weird.


I think that the authors knew what they were doing, knew that their work does not have a single new or original idea to it.  That doesn't necessarily make something bad, but when it's as poorly executed as this, it doesn't help.  The characters we so obviously the original four Sailor Scouts, from character design to personality, it was just sad.  Then there's the fact that they couldn't even come up with a good story.  I mean, you're already using the basic characters and plot of SM...


Unoriginal, thoughtless, not even worth the nostalgia.  I'd rather read a random Sailor Moon fanfiction, at least it'd be funnier.  I wonder if there is a Sailor Moon/Jem crossover....