FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!
Jen and Tyler Bartel’s Magical Girls Pack a Punch in “Crystal Fighters”
You’ve never seen magical girls like this! Co-writers Jen Bartel (Blackbird, America, Jem and the Holograms) and Tyler Bartel step into the ring for Crystal Fighters, a unique story described as Sailor Moon meets Street Fighter! Originally offered on the digital platform Stela, Dark Horse Comics will publish the complete Chaos Arena: Crystal Fighters web comic series to trade paperback for the first time ever!
Crystal Fighters follows a bored teen named Stella who has grown up in a world fully immersed in virtual reality games. But like many teens, her parents restrict her gaming to safe “age-appropriate” games. Enter “Crystal Fighters,” a magical girl game filled with bright colors and nauseating positivity. But for Stella, things take a turn for the interesting when she discovers an underground magical girl fight club within the game that adds a whole new level of thrills and danger to her once mundane gaming experience. But the phrase “be careful what you wish for” soon takes on a whole new meaning as she discovers a dark side to the magical girls as she is pulled into a series of tournaments in the virtual reality game that could have real-world consequences.
Praise for Crystal Fighters:
“Crystal Fighters is an extremely fun series.”
—The A.V. Club
“Sailor Moon meets Street Fighter.”
—The Mary Sue
“One thing that was sorely missing from the most popular Magical Girl anime to hit American shores? Fighting . . . Flash forward to today. Jen Bartel and Tyler Bartel have teamed up . . . to fix this previous oversight with CRYSTAL FIGHTERS.” —UPROXX
About Dark Horse:
For more than thirty years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher,Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.