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Twelve portals have opened between Earth and the dark world of Metamoor, weakening the mystic veil that separates the two and protects humanity from an evil that threatens to consume it. Five girls have been chosen as Guardians to stand against this menace. Gifted with powers over the elements, Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia, and Hay Lin step into their new roles and togeth Twelve portals have opened between Earth and the dark world of Metamoor, weakening the mystic veil that separates the two and protects humanity from an evil that threatens to consume it. Five girls have been chosen as Guardians to stand against this menace. Gifted with powers over the elements, Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia, and Hay Lin step into their new roles and together become the force for good known as W.I.T.C.H.!


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Twelve portals have opened between Earth and the dark world of Metamoor, weakening the mystic veil that separates the two and protects humanity from an evil that threatens to consume it. Five girls have been chosen as Guardians to stand against this menace. Gifted with powers over the elements, Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia, and Hay Lin step into their new roles and togeth Twelve portals have opened between Earth and the dark world of Metamoor, weakening the mystic veil that separates the two and protects humanity from an evil that threatens to consume it. Five girls have been chosen as Guardians to stand against this menace. Gifted with powers over the elements, Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia, and Hay Lin step into their new roles and together become the force for good known as W.I.T.C.H.!

30 review for W.I.T.C.H.: The Graphic Novel, Part I. The Twelve Portals Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Natalie (CuriousReader)

    The W.I.T.C.H. series was published in volume format in the Swedish translation from 2003 and forward, I was reading them as they were being published - as a young teen myself, and loving every second of it. The same way people look fondly of their time reading super hero comics as young readers, I think of this series and the excitement I felt upon each new volume being released. When I saw that Yen Press had re-released the first few volumes, and had plans for 2018 to release the rest, I was t The W.I.T.C.H. series was published in volume format in the Swedish translation from 2003 and forward, I was reading them as they were being published - as a young teen myself, and loving every second of it. The same way people look fondly of their time reading super hero comics as young readers, I think of this series and the excitement I felt upon each new volume being released. When I saw that Yen Press had re-released the first few volumes, and had plans for 2018 to release the rest, I was thrilled. Not only has this comic been out-of-print for a long time, but I have never read the English version of it before so I was very much looking forward to returning to the Guardians of the Veil, and their adventures in Heatherfield and beyond. Rereading this was even more nostalgia-filled than I had expected. Within these pages, my twelve year old self had been preserved; not only did I remember myself reading the comics but things about myself and my life at the time that I thought I'd forgotten. Putting all the nostalgia and background history with this comic aside - this is a genuinely entertaining comic, a story filled with magic and adventure to set the world-order right, the battle for friendship and protecting what is important, the strength in these young girls as they push their own boundaries and what they ever thought they were capable of. The comic itself is, I think, a tribute to Sailor Moon and other series like it while keeping a original tone throughout with an inclusion of the girls families as important characters and who shape the main characters lives and their characters crucially (which certainly, cannot be said for many comics of this era - where families I think are mostly absent). Another thing I love about this comic is that while the girls discover they have magical powers, they stay true to their character even as they as discovering their new limits. Cornelia being one for logic, has a hard time accepting what she doesn't understand, even when her own eyes witnesses the impossible. Irma, happy and spontaneous, uses her powers irresponsibly to hang out with a guy she likes. Will, with her own inner turmoil, a new home, new friends, new life and her mother's new partner, shows this confusion through her dreams (nightmares), her unwillingness to take charge despite getting the 'leader' role for their group, and indecisiveness in her choices and actions. These are girls of thirteen and fourteen years old, like with the Sailor Moon cast, but they seem to me in many ways more identifiable as teens, dealing with school, crushes, arguments over petty things, irritation towards younger siblings, while these things are not taken to extremes but rather as a nice contrast to their fantastical adventures in other dimensions. I am definitely going to be continuing on rereading these volumes as they are released through the year, seeing them both through a nostalgic lens and with fresh eyes as an adult reader.

  2. 5 out of 5

    belle ✨

    I loved these graphic novels when I was younger, and honestly loved them just as much rereading them now! The illustrations are gorgeous and then story is so fun for all ages.

  3. 4 out of 5

    menna

    this cartoon was my entire childhood and I'm so glad I'm finally reading the comics this cartoon was my entire childhood and I'm so glad I'm finally reading the comics

  4. 5 out of 5

    Adela Cacovean

    Rereading my favorite childhood comics because I've never actually finished the story and I want to have the full experience from an adult's perspective. So far, I am enjoying it a lot more than I hoped to, brings back so many memories... Might re-watch the cartoon as well. Rereading my favorite childhood comics because I've never actually finished the story and I want to have the full experience from an adult's perspective. So far, I am enjoying it a lot more than I hoped to, brings back so many memories... Might re-watch the cartoon as well.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nessa Luna [October Tune]

    It's so great to relive my youth again with these comics! I'm definitely going to pick up the other volumes asap, and then pick up part 2 as well! Fingers crossed that they're going to release all the W.I.T.C.H. comics that exist, because there are a lot and I've literally only read this first story! It's so great to relive my youth again with these comics! I'm definitely going to pick up the other volumes asap, and then pick up part 2 as well! Fingers crossed that they're going to release all the W.I.T.C.H. comics that exist, because there are a lot and I've literally only read this first story!

  6. 4 out of 5

    ekin

    yeah. my annual w.i.t.c.h. reread... and who's gonna stop me yeah. my annual w.i.t.c.h. reread... and who's gonna stop me

  7. 5 out of 5

    adeline

    oh the nostalgia! i've lost count of how many times i've read and reread these comics as a kid, i just love them so much. đź’• oh the nostalgia! i've lost count of how many times i've read and reread these comics as a kid, i just love them so much. đź’•

  8. 5 out of 5

    Parker J

    One of childhood favorites! So glad Yen-Press is doing a re release of the series. I'm loving re reading this gem of a series One of childhood favorites! So glad Yen-Press is doing a re release of the series. I'm loving re reading this gem of a series

  9. 4 out of 5

    Panda

    This series has been one of my favourite comics for as long as I can remember and no matter how old I get it will always have a special place in my heart. I am so happy these new editions exist; they're gorgeous. This series has been one of my favourite comics for as long as I can remember and no matter how old I get it will always have a special place in my heart. I am so happy these new editions exist; they're gorgeous.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ribbonknight

    Very happy for this rerelease, and really looking forward to the story arcs I never had a chance to read! The art alone makes this series worth it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Earnest

    One of the very first graphic novel series that i got into. It's a magical comic that perfectly captures the ups and downs of being a preteen/teenager. We follow 5 girls as they go through school, crushes, and parents. Plus the ocassional villain along the way. I like that the series created a rich mythology of its own without needing to resort to direct references to classical stories. It gives originality. I enjoyed adventuring in the different worlds shown and Heatherfield seems like a city I One of the very first graphic novel series that i got into. It's a magical comic that perfectly captures the ups and downs of being a preteen/teenager. We follow 5 girls as they go through school, crushes, and parents. Plus the ocassional villain along the way. I like that the series created a rich mythology of its own without needing to resort to direct references to classical stories. It gives originality. I enjoyed adventuring in the different worlds shown and Heatherfield seems like a city I want to live in. My favorite out of the five is Will. In every aspect her story is always the most interesting. Her relationships with her mom and love life is the most fleshed out and as the series progress we delve even more into them. We also get to see her growth as a leader among other chracters whose personalities are stronger than hers. Nevertheless, almost all the major characters get a spotlight of their own. This is not a solo hero's quest story. In some ways it is a slice of life drama, others a magical girl story adventure story. One gripe that I have with this series is that it is a case of diminishing returns. Halfway through the series' 139 issue run the steam seemed to have ran out with the plots becoming either repetetive or boring. Maybe the authors didn't map out the long term story and just winged it as the popularity of the series demanded a longer run.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Narra

    I loved this as a kid and I still love it. Can't believe I found this comic again. Full review on the first book followes soon. A 5 star book for me I loved this as a kid and I still love it. Can't believe I found this comic again. Full review on the first book followes soon. A 5 star book for me

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    The nostalgia! Such a cute read. Love the art style and colours. So glad they're doing a re-print of this series! The nostalgia! Such a cute read. Love the art style and colours. So glad they're doing a re-print of this series!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Soobie's scared

    I've been wanting to read the whole story again. I waited for ages for the Italian publisher to reissue a sort of W.I.T.C.H. collection... They did publish the first series a couple of years ago but they were two very expensive huge tomes. I really hope they would, you know, complete the series. They didn't. I don't know why: were the tomes too expensive to reach a big audience? Yes, they were. Didn't they sell lots of copies? No idea. And then I found out JY is publishing W.I.T.C.H. again. The w I've been wanting to read the whole story again. I waited for ages for the Italian publisher to reissue a sort of W.I.T.C.H. collection... They did publish the first series a couple of years ago but they were two very expensive huge tomes. I really hope they would, you know, complete the series. They didn't. I don't know why: were the tomes too expensive to reach a big audience? Yes, they were. Didn't they sell lots of copies? No idea. And then I found out JY is publishing W.I.T.C.H. again. The whole 155 issues. The one I still have all tied up in bundles on my shelves. So, I'm going to read an Italian series in English for lacking of a proper Italian edition. So, what to say about W.I.T.C.H.? I really loved it when I was a teen. Well, when it started in 2001, I was already seventeen but I was eagerly waiting for any new issue. I even had a subscription and I probably have most of the gadgets that came with the magazine. Most of them are probably in their plastic little bag. Since frogs are my animal, I love all the gadgets with little frogs on them. Then, suddenly, I couldn't keep up with the story anymore: sixty pages per month weren't enough for me. I just hope JY will be able to publish all nine parts. Back in 2001, W.I.T.C.H. was a huge thing. I mean, it was one of the first Italian comics made for girls. The story was captivating, albeit way too similar to Sailor Moon, and the art was so beautiful. I fell in love with it at once. A part of me wanted so much to have Will's ability to speak with domestic appliances... :-) Sad to say, but I don't remember who was my favorite character. Not Cornelia, that's for sure. Will's dormouse was one of them. It was so funny. Cornelia's love interest, probably, the one with the scarred face. And then? Well, it's high time to rediscover one of my favorite series as a kid.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mira

    So much nostalgia for a series of comics I originally picked up in Dutch years ago. And don't get me wrong, I still love it, along with the girls! But a lot more comes to my attention and is clearer this time around, so consider some opinions changed So much nostalgia for a series of comics I originally picked up in Dutch years ago. And don't get me wrong, I still love it, along with the girls! But a lot more comes to my attention and is clearer this time around, so consider some opinions changed

  16. 5 out of 5

    Valdi

    I cannot find the exact edition I read but I actually enjoyed it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ann Emelie

    This was so much fun! Read a lot of this series as a kid and wanted to revisit the world to see how much I remembered.. Brought back loads of good memories! I'm definitely reading on!! This was so much fun! Read a lot of this series as a kid and wanted to revisit the world to see how much I remembered.. Brought back loads of good memories! I'm definitely reading on!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Aqua

    *This review is for the first 3 volumes* This comic series is amazing. It's about five middle school girls in the real world who gain magical powers to control the elements and have to fight off evil that comes to their world from different dimensions. Sound familiar? That's because it's basically Sailor Moon, but that's not a bad thing. Though the series is undoubtedly inspired by the phenomenal success of Sailor Moon, it manages to stand on its own and shine. This comic series is made by Disney *This review is for the first 3 volumes* This comic series is amazing. It's about five middle school girls in the real world who gain magical powers to control the elements and have to fight off evil that comes to their world from different dimensions. Sound familiar? That's because it's basically Sailor Moon, but that's not a bad thing. Though the series is undoubtedly inspired by the phenomenal success of Sailor Moon, it manages to stand on its own and shine. This comic series is made by Disney Italy and though the first story arc was published in English years ago, the rest of the series was never officially translated. There are 11 story arcs total currently and Yen Press is planning to translate and publish them all! So excited! (1 story arc, in 3 volumes, every 4 months starting Oct 2017). There is also an animated series that came out years ago that follows the first two story arcs, though I think the comics are better. The artwork is lovely and in full color!!! I never get tired of the artwork. The main 5 girls and the side characters are brimming with life. They all have distinct personalities, and each girl receives focus on their character motivations, hobbies, love lives, family lives, etc. In fact I think this series does a better job giving story time to the non-leader girls of the group than Sailor Moon did. Sailor Moon certainly gave some screen time to Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus, but it was ultimately Usagi's story. Will definitely gets the most focus in W.I.T.C.H., but not by much, and the other 4 girls are well fleshed out. I also really like that the comics give some focus and screentime to all five girls' parents and siblings. They all have pretty distinct home lives, and it helps to flesh out why they became the people they are. The side characters and villains are equally endearing. The girls have a very personal stake in the fight in this first story arc, and the adventures they go on are fun to read about. Just like Sailor Moon, it's entertaining to see these characters try and balance their normal lives and their magical ones. In case it wasn't obvious, if you liked Sailor Moon, or the magical girl genre in general, you will love this series. It's fun, quirky, and endearing and I highly recommend this series to people of any age.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anne (ReadEatGameRepeat)

    5 stars - it was so good to re-read this old favorite. I used to be mildly obsessed with this comic when I was in middle- & high school. I originally read it in dutch as the monthly comics were being released. I think nostalgia may be a big factor in my rating, in reality I think reading this comic book did contribute to my own development and learning to be more confident in my own abilities & learning to control my temper and not isolating myself as much. That being said I also genuinely belie 5 stars - it was so good to re-read this old favorite. I used to be mildly obsessed with this comic when I was in middle- & high school. I originally read it in dutch as the monthly comics were being released. I think nostalgia may be a big factor in my rating, in reality I think reading this comic book did contribute to my own development and learning to be more confident in my own abilities & learning to control my temper and not isolating myself as much. That being said I also genuinely believe that this is a great comic book, I am a fangirl for elemental magic ^_^. Reading it now I am so happy I had these young empowered girls at rolemodels when I was growing up. The only bad thing I can say about this is that it feels slightly Mary Sue like in that the girls all seem to have somewhat good control over their own powers right from the start. That being said they do still develop those powers further within each chapter, they learn they have additional powers to the powers of the elements and they learn how to combine their magic with the other elements. They also do have a lot of personal development, the characters aren't flawless. I was honestly somewhat worried that re-reading it might be a kind of cringey experience (I mean, this was the same age I was obsessed with twilight) - but it was really quite good. I think the story aged quite well, even though the intended audience is 13 year old girls, I, as a 24 year old still really enjoyed it. I am glad to say that this is still kind of my old new favorite, and I'm excited to keep reading the comic books - I really hope Disney/Yen Press decide to re-publish the entire story (I believe they have announced up to part 4: Trail of the Oracle - at this point which will be released in September I believe). There is a lot to like about this comic book series. I personally really like the art style and I think the characters feel quite fleshed out. This book is filled with young empowered girls, who support each other. They don't take crap from anyone, that includes school bullies and world-dominating villains. This doesn't mean they never argue or fight with each other and never have insecurities, but they overcome these obstacles together. I kind of hope someone reads this and is persuaded to buy this book because the series is just so dear to me and I want to share it with everyone <3

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rita Sousa

    the NOSTALGIA

  21. 5 out of 5

    Daphne

    childhood memories! this series was my life!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Artemis

    For my past thoughts on this series - a childhood favourite of mine - read: My The Power of Five (W.I.T.C.H. Chapter Books, #1) review My The Power of Friendship (W.I.T.C.H. Graphic Novels, #1) review So Disney is reprinting the original Italian 'W.I.T.C.H.' comics - with three volumes together in a single trade paperback. I am glad this is happening, for it shows that the franchise has not been forgotten about; it has not received any attention in over a decade, though it isn't even twenty-years-o For my past thoughts on this series - a childhood favourite of mine - read: My The Power of Five (W.I.T.C.H. Chapter Books, #1) review My The Power of Friendship (W.I.T.C.H. Graphic Novels, #1) review So Disney is reprinting the original Italian 'W.I.T.C.H.' comics - with three volumes together in a single trade paperback. I am glad this is happening, for it shows that the franchise has not been forgotten about; it has not received any attention in over a decade, though it isn't even twenty-years-old yet. 'W.I.T.C.H.' (the comics, not the cartoon) is to me what 'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic' is to the mass cultural landscape. An underrated and charming series about girl power, magic, and friendship - it is lathered and rinsed in them; foamy and bubbly but with added consequences, darkness and sharp violence (for a children's comic) to it as well. 'W.I.T.C.H.: Part I. Vol. 1 The Twelve Portals' is a straightforward beginning of the series, with a huge mystery element clouding and fogging it that is both frustrating (especially if you know everything that's going to happen already) and clever for making the reader want to find out more. Aside from the magical stuff reminiscent of fantasy series of old, what really sells 'W.I.T.C.H.' is the characters - the endearing, multilayered and likable cast, revolving around five pubescent girls. Real world struggles for young girls and otherworldly, universe-threatening ones are mirrored and explored - heck, Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia, and Hay Lin deal with brutish monsters and sorcerers far easier than they do school, family and boy drama, and keeping their friendship alive through so much. The five chosen Guardians of the Veil have each other, which is their greatest strength, never mind the Heart of Kandracar and the powers of water, fire, earth and air. They are pretty ordinary overall, yet they are extraordinary. After reading this new release, I came to realize that I had talked a lot about 'W.I.T.C.H.''s theme of friendship before, but I haven't touched upon any other relationships the girls have. Specifically, Will's relationship with her mother. Susan wants to spend as much time as possible with her growing daughter, upon arriving in a new town to make a fresh start in their lives. They are loving, supportive friends as well as family, but between adjusting to a new life in Heatherfield and to her sudden duties as a Guardian and leader, Will doesn't have enough time anymore for her mum. She takes her for granted, not noticing the loving attention she gets, not appreciating the kindness and hard work Susan does for her. Add dating Will's school history teacher as the extra rust in the spanner in the works, and the mother and daughter bond seems tragically broken. They drift apart, much to Susan's dismay. But at the end of this volume, on the final page, their relationship, gradually tearing up throughout the comic, starts to repair itself, when mum sets up a candlelit dinner for herself and her complicated girl, rather than for her date. It is incredibly sweet and touching, and the most satisfactory conclusion to any of this volume's subplots. Susan is a nice, funny character in her own right, who has a life outside of care-giving motherhood, which works for the scene's favour, because the reader will want to see the two get along again, hence the vital emotional punch is successful. Mother and daughter relations need more focus in media - a focus that is positive - and 'W.I.T.C.H.' shows that as well as friendships between girls in the same age group, friendships between mums and daughters are just as real, just as powerful. They contain a magic of their own. Bonus for teaching kids to appreciate their caring parents, and telling them they love them as often as possible! 'W.I.T.C.H.: Part I. Vol. 1 The Twelve Portals' - yes, there are plot holes and things that don't make sense in this graphic novel series (most notably concerning the "traitor" magical girl Elyon and her motivations), but the charm is present. It doesn't fade. Creative, dramatic, funny and fun, I still love 'W.I.T.C.H.' with all my nostalgic heart. Final Score: 3.5/5

  23. 5 out of 5

    ~Cyanide Latte~

    Never underestimate how good it is to revisit something from the past. When I first saw anything relating to W.I.T.C.H., it was when the original individual graphic novels for the series got released back in the early 2000s. My younger sister had picked up the first graphic novel and several of the novel adaptations of the following installments from her Scholastic book fair at school, and I remember reading her copies of them after she very quickly got bored with them. I had enjoyed the comic fo Never underestimate how good it is to revisit something from the past. When I first saw anything relating to W.I.T.C.H., it was when the original individual graphic novels for the series got released back in the early 2000s. My younger sister had picked up the first graphic novel and several of the novel adaptations of the following installments from her Scholastic book fair at school, and I remember reading her copies of them after she very quickly got bored with them. I had enjoyed the comic format, though I struggled to be patient with the novel adaptations, and I was constantly trying to find more of the graphic novels and failing miserably in the process. The local B&N at the time never seemed to have any of the series in, and I was chomping at the bit any time I got a hint more had hit the shelves. Never got to finish what was released, and I only saw a little bit of the second major story arc before the series just appeared to vanish entirely. I had tried watching what few episodes I saw of the cartoon adaptation on Jetix, but I remember being largely unimpressed with the adaptation. Imagine my surprise and delight when I found out that the series has gotten new life in the form of these omnibus volumes Yen Press is releasing! Not only that, but the translation is more accurate and apparently there was quite a bit in the original release that was censored or altered, as evidenced by what I've read in this first installment. Additionally, Yen Press is releasing more than just the first two story arcs; Disney originally only released the first two arcs when the series was initially brought to the US, but Yen Press is releasing all of the comics past that as well! I'm happy to be able to return to this story, to these characters and this comic, and I highly recommend that if anyone else enjoyed W.I.T.C.H. when you were younger, you look into picking up these omnibus editions as well! I would say it's absolutely worth it, but you can probably already tell that I'm quite biased. I've got a lot of love for this series, and it's sure to continue to show as I work on collecting more of the volumes.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    THE MAIN VILLAIN REVIEWS I have no idea that I would enjoy The W.I.T.C.H. Series again. I used to read this when I was in high school. I love how it jogged my memory on why I love this series so much. Let me tell you some of the reasons. Number 1: the series is diverse. We have an Asian character and an African American character. I know we need characters with disability too and all that, but looking at when this book was originally published, you can say that it was way ahead of its time. The s THE MAIN VILLAIN REVIEWS I have no idea that I would enjoy The W.I.T.C.H. Series again. I used to read this when I was in high school. I love how it jogged my memory on why I love this series so much. Let me tell you some of the reasons. Number 1: the series is diverse. We have an Asian character and an African American character. I know we need characters with disability too and all that, but looking at when this book was originally published, you can say that it was way ahead of its time. The second reason is the mythology is big. Monsters, the guardians, and more. This world is full of potential to have a bigger plot. And, of course, the world is just full of magic. Fans of the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi should pick up this series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    K Whatsherface

    I watched the show back in the day. I've tries to track down the comic a few times but there were so many of this little books. And when I'd Google them and get confused. Than I heard about the rerelease.... 2 years late. My book store was holding out on me. They had the first 3 volumes in the kid section. My other bookstore had the next 3. I knew there were differences in the series. The first 6 are the arcs used in the show. The first season is closer to the comics then the second...so I've he I watched the show back in the day. I've tries to track down the comic a few times but there were so many of this little books. And when I'd Google them and get confused. Than I heard about the rerelease.... 2 years late. My book store was holding out on me. They had the first 3 volumes in the kid section. My other bookstore had the next 3. I knew there were differences in the series. The first 6 are the arcs used in the show. The first season is closer to the comics then the second...so I've heard but both are different

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nutsa Khamkhadze

    I've recently finished rewatching the animated series and it was better than I remembered; so I decided to read the original comics and I'm liking it as well but not as much as the TV show adaptation. I think it's because we always tend to stick with the first medium we perceive the story through. But I'll see where the comics go. So many little details are different from the show it's hard for me to get used to them but I'm excited for the story nonetheless. I've recently finished rewatching the animated series and it was better than I remembered; so I decided to read the original comics and I'm liking it as well but not as much as the TV show adaptation. I think it's because we always tend to stick with the first medium we perceive the story through. But I'll see where the comics go. So many little details are different from the show it's hard for me to get used to them but I'm excited for the story nonetheless.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Evangeline

    What a wonderful throwback! I can’t wait to continue exploring the world I spent a good chunk of my childhood wishing I was in. But this time I’m fully immersing myself and I’m loving it!! Can’t wait for the next volume!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rebecka O'Malley

    Review will be coming soon. It feels like my childhood, and I can't wait to keep reading! Review will be coming soon. It feels like my childhood, and I can't wait to keep reading!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    i feel like im 12 years old again but this was honestly every bit as fun as i remember from when i first read it

  30. 4 out of 5

    Corley Elizabeth

    W.I.T.C.H. had such a profound influence on me as a child: it showcased a group of empowered girls who saved the world on a daily basis but still had to deal with the drama of being teenagers. They also had control of the elements, a plot device that I've always liked in any media. When I found out the comic series was going to be rereleased in its entirety, without censors, I knew I wanted to get at least the first couple of volumes and relive this childhood favorite. Reading volume one was suc W.I.T.C.H. had such a profound influence on me as a child: it showcased a group of empowered girls who saved the world on a daily basis but still had to deal with the drama of being teenagers. They also had control of the elements, a plot device that I've always liked in any media. When I found out the comic series was going to be rereleased in its entirety, without censors, I knew I wanted to get at least the first couple of volumes and relive this childhood favorite. Reading volume one was such a blast from the past, but it also allowed me to appreciate it as an adult—the characters were still fun, the art captivating (and reminiscent of manga in some ways, which might have been one of the things that initially drew me to the series), and the bind-up done by Yen Press was well worth the money. This new translation seemed a little immature at times compared to what I remember from the original English, which is the only downside to this edition that I can think of at the moment. As for the story, now that I'm looking back on it as a 22-year-old, I can see that some things are a bit rushed (like how quickly one character goes from friend to foe), but this didn't detract from my enjoyment of the first four comics chapters. I'll definitely be picking up more!

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