Review: Crystal Cadets

Crystal Cadets

by Anne Toole (Author), Katie O'Neill (Cover Design, Artist), Paulina Ganucheau (Artist)
Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.
Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Family
Cadets Go! Join this team of darkness-fighting, world-saving, power-packed teen girls from all over the world on their first adventure!
Zoe has always felt out of place; her foster parents are great and all, but she’s long felt like something was missing. That is, of course, until she discovers a mysterious gem left to her by her birth mother and her whole universe gets flipped around! When the crystal grants Zoe mysterious powers of light she becomes the Diamond Cadet, and she’s not the only one; suddenly she’s meeting new friends who shoot flames and glowing green arrows. It’s all fun at first, but when The Darkness possesses Zoe’s foster parents her only choice is to join this wild group of action-hero girls, traveling the globe to defeat The Darkness and find a cure!
 (Ages: 9-12)

A great starter Magical Girl series. (4 stars)

Ugh. I hate admitting that this as pretty much my first foray into the Magical Girl genre. I've always found it a bit of a genre I'm curious about but afraid to dabble in because it seems like it could be so cheesy and awful. Fortunately, Crystal Cadets was a really enjoyable—if a little far-fetched feeling—place to start.

I know, you're scratching your head wondering why I'd say far-fetched in about a comic featuring girls who have crystals that give them special powers...? It's not that bit that gave a bit of eye roll, it was how the characters ran off on their adventure with seemingly no concern for their foster/adoptive parents/families and it all just kind of felt silly. That said, it's a pretty neat concept and if my daughter was a couple of years older I think she would love it. Definitely perfect for the target age group but maybe not so much for the adults who thought it might be a more manga-like version of Lumberjanes.

If you're looking for a fun adventure comic to get a get for a girl who is a newbie I highly recommend it!

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