Not too long ago, I reviewed issue No. 0 of the new Charmed comic from Zenescope Entertainment. After waiting patiently, this past week, issue No. 1 was released, and it was definitely worth the wait.
Even just looking at the cover, fans will know we are in for a treat. All four versions of the cover (two traditional artwork, one photo cover, and one special limited edition exclusive cover for San Diego Comic-Con) have the sisters dressed in outfits typical for their characters. While they are sexy, none of the images go too far. The artwork is stunning, and the artists for covers A and B (David Seidman and Mark Sparacio/Diogo Nascimento respectively) did a wonderful job in capturing the spirit of the characters.
The art style in the body of this comic may not appeal to all, but I think it fits perfectly. It has a fantasy aspect to it, as opposed to straight realism. Brighter colors, and more of a soft but vibrant look. The faces of the characters closely resemble the actors throughout most of the issue, and that is something that I enjoy seeing in a licensed comic. Artist Dave Hoover has done a nice job of bringing these characters to life, and bringing the fantastical part of their life into the background images while reminding us that they are in our world.
Writer Paul Ruditis and co-writer Raven Gregory have started this story off with a bang. Within the first few pages we see that the demons are indeed alive and well, and getting ready to start trouble. We then find out what the main characters are doing with their lives currently, which seems to be set just a few years into the future after the series ended. I don’t want to spoil things for those who have not read it yet, but I will say that the sisters are in places in their lives where you would expect them to be, and the family has grown. At the end of the issue, we see that the demons are starting working on their plans, and this does not bode well for the sisters.
Overall, an excellent way to start this new series. I am definitely looking forward to not only seeing how the sisters defeat the coming evil, but also how the new additions fit into the family dynamic. Hopefully, the future issues will continue to bring us quality art and writing.