After saving the world a few times, the Zodiac Starforce is trying to figure out their personal lives. Lily is testing out her new powers. Kim is dealing with troubles at home. Meanwhile, a new evil is rising as some former foes have summoned Pavos, a force from the dark dimension of Nephos. All of this is complicated enough on its own. Then the team learns that there’s more than one Zodiac Starforce out there.
Pavos is an intriguing villain. He’s clearly very powerful and he sees humanity as a plaything of sorts. He’s rather curious about the world, especially since he’s spent so much time locked in a dungeon. Now Pavos is full of power and dreamy good looks and he’s hatching a plan to make the evil Cimmeria love him by destroying the Zodiac Starforce.
All of this sounds a little stereotypical villain-like and I think that’s kind of the point. Zodiac Starforce walks a fine line between candy-coated Sailor Moon-esque adventures and life-and-death battles against evil. Pavos sits right in the middle as he alternates between being silly and very sinister. Just look at his image on the cover of this book. He looks like he just came out of The Wicked & The Divine.
I do wonder what the other would-be evil-doers would have done had their summoning spell not worked. They’re trying desperately to regain their lost power and take down the Zodiac Starforce. That desperation is what makes them dangerous as they’ve already shown how far they’re willing to go. Revenge has consumed their very being.
The real draw for Zodiac Starforce is definitely the team itself. They work together well, like a good team should. Artist Paulina Ganucheau’s designs for the characters in uniform is top notch and super fun. This issue showcases their winter versions, trading in shorts for pants and fashionable parkas.
Much of the personality in each character comes through in their look, particularly their facial expressions. Kim is tough, but reserved as shown by the fact you never actually see her eyes. Savi is the kind of friend you can confide in. Emma is the one you can rely on. They’re a strong group of young women and they’ll stick together through thick or thin.
Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince is a healthy mix of teen drama and adventure. The characters are extremely likeable and relatable, making them quick favorites. They’d be at home with the likes of Miss Marvel, the Lumberjanes, and Squirrel Girl. This comic is packed with fun, positivity, and friendship.