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review 2019-02-22 14:50
Crystal Cadets - Anne Toole,Katie O'Neill,Paulina Ganucheau
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Very similar to Sailor Moon/magic girl squad set up, but with its own special twists. I really liked that the characters are not all super girly and stereotypical, which is so common in magic girl squad stories. There are sparkles and unicorns, but also flaming phoenixes. Good balance. I tend to lose interest when the group is all about fashion and makeup and girly spy accessories. This book does a great job presenting a group of girls with diverse traits and personalities while acknowledging that not all girls are into unicorns. 

I picked this up from the library, because I absolutely loved Katie O'Neill's Princess Princess Ever After and The Tea Dragon Society and wanted to see more of her artwork. 

I really enjoyed the artwork in this book. Just the right amount of cutesy for me. 

Storywise, this one was engaging and interesting. It was a wonderful adventure going out and finding all of the cadets. I did have a hard time keeping all of the characters straight since there are a lot of main characters (and I'm horrible with names), but luckily there was a character guide at the end (wish I'd found that sooner). It goes through each cadet's powers, summon, crystal, and a basic description. Very helpful. 

Overall, I thought this was a good introduction to an interesting story and engaging characters that I'd like to learn more about. I liked the book and will definitely be continuing the series.


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review 2018-05-08 18:40
My Little Zodiac Sailor Pony Card Captor Star Soldiers
Zodiac Starforce Volume 1: By the Power of Astra (Zodiac Starforce (Collected Editions) #1) - Paulina Ganucheau,Kevin Panetta

Look, I don't read reviews of things before I read the book, so I never really know what I'm getting into. But this looked cute and was sort of highly rated when it came out so I wanted to give it a shot. I like when we get strong female leads in comics.


But dear God, was this supposed to be a rip-off of every popular girl's program out there? Sailor Moon, My Little Pony, you name it. Was this intended to be a mocku-comic? Or did it just happen that way? Because wow.... I know Magical Girl is an entire genre, an that's fine. But these chicks literally transform just like the Pretty Guardians and have astrological symbols on their heads. And Taurus looks shockingly like Rainbow Dash from MLP, down to the color of her hair. Even has the personality. 


I am so disappointed in this. As an author, I know being original can be hard, but damn, this is just ridiculous. Am I missing the joke? Is this a woosh moment? Did it go over my head?

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review 2018-05-01 17:47
Crystal Cadets - Anne Toole,Katie O'Neill,Paulina Ganucheau

Sailor Moon meets Steven Universe sans fusion. The art is beautiful as ever but there's barely any character development in such a short number of pages - and it is achievable if you take the time to work in some subtlety with whatever situation your characters are put into - so it's a bit of a drawback in that aspect. Fun but could've been better.

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review 2017-04-16 00:35
What happened to Ghost Rider?
Gwenpool, The Unbelievable (2016-) #14 - Myisha Haynes,Paulina Ganucheau,Christopher Hastings

Kate Bishop, aka the real Hawkeye and Ghost Rider guest star.   See, when Gwen tries to get Cecil - a friend she may have gotten killed early on - his corporality back, she ends up finding something powered by a being with many names.   And one of them is Satan.   For some reason, the perfect way to get this is to catch a surprise ride in the trunk of Ghost Rider's car.   


And then Kate changes things up, and decides to help the girl afraid of the skeleton man - who's on fire.  Cecil touches the evil-dwarf crystal - and I don't mean the crystal is small.   Evil dwarves who are into dwarfish sacrifice - because they're from Asgard?   Other reasons?  - had the crystal and were doing something evil sounding with it, which was when the Rider crashed their party.   Rather literally.   And then Gwen and ghost-Cecil popped out of the trunk. 


Now crystal-Cecil - he's stuck in there but good - is in the Rider's trunk.   Can Kate and Gwen save him?    We should find out next month.   Hopefully GR will be more in character.   Kate was spot on and hilarious for it, and while the stiff, weird-taking Rider got in a couple chuckles, this would have been so much funnier if he'd been in character.   (It's even odder when everything else is just perfectly in character, and this one is speaking oddly.   Just really made it stand out.   I actually knocked a star off, it bugged me, and took me out of the story so much.)


Still, let's see what happens next month!

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review 2017-02-25 17:44
Diverse Cast, Derivative Story
Crystal Cadets - Anne Toole,Katie O'Neill,Paulina Ganucheau

This is kind of a tough one.  I actually really enjoyed the character designs, the colors, the whole art style of this graphic novel series.  I think the diversity of the cast and the messages of the comic about friendship, not making assumptions based on stereotypes and skin color, cheating etc., are good for young kids to see, even as bluntly as they are made.


The story is basically Sailor Moon crossed with Captain Planet with a dash of Pokemon/Neopets thrown in for good measure.


Younger kids 10-13 will probably enjoy this more than teens or adults.  I truthfully was a bit bored by the predictable storylines and blunt moral messages, but still, I would definitely put this in the hands of younger kids.

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