COMICS GUY has to make readers aware of the new ongoing "Charmed" series from Fort Washington-based Zenescope. Yes, it's based on the TV show, but you don't have to know anything about the show to enjoy the book.
"Charmed" is lighter in tone than the average Zenescope offering, but with excellent horror writer Raven Gregory on board to co-write the series with Paul Ruditis, there is an edge to the comic that was largely absent on TV. In its heyday the show could never match the dark appeal of shows like "Angel" or "Buffy," but if this team had been writing scripts, it would have.
As the first story arc begins, it has been a quiet year-and-a-half, and it looks as if the Terrific Trio has won the constant struggle between good and evil. Things are peaceful, and each woman has gotten on with her life. Paige is teaching at a magic school, Piper has opened a restaurant and Phoebe is taking care of her magical infant.
All are finding these tasks more difficult than expected. Then a couple of mysterious strangers are seen poking around the Underworld. Next thing the Charmed Ones know, a young woman their age mysteriously dies . . . of old age. Before they can even begin to figure out how or why, it is soon made clear that someone - or something - is hunting down the innocents they saved and murdering them in cold blood.
This is a crisp, compelling read that comic fans should like, and fans of the show will be charmed.'Charmed' sales magical
Though the company's recent series launches have been disappointing saleswise, Zenescope Editor in Chief Ralph Tedesco says the new "Charmed" series is definitely a hit.
"It's definitely meeting and even exceeding expectations a lot," Tedesco said. "We think it will continue to grow, too. We had to go to a second printing on issue No. 1 in less than a month, so that was great."