‘Charmed: Season 10 #1’ Comic Review
For years, the TV show Charmed enticed audiences with intriguing storylines, fascinating characters, and a view of magic and the occult people today are still talking about. It’s a recognizable show for both its characters and narrative, and even people who haven’t seen it have an idea of who the three sisters are and what they can do — they have powers, they deal with supernatural forces, they fight demons. While the series ended in 2006, it has found another home and continues to tell the story through comic books. Charmed: Season 9 was released in June 2010 and now, four years later, fans of the TV show can continue following the Halliwell sisters through the new season in Charmed: Season 10. The comic made its debut this past weekend during New York Comic Con.
Charmed: Season 10 starts with the sisters in mortal peril — something that, of course, is just another day in the life of the Halliwell sisters — and we’re immediately pushed back to before so we can watch events unravel. The issue itself is pretty cut-and-dry in terms of events; the sisters are confronted with a foe they defeat using their powers and sarcastic comments, and, after they’re done vanquishing evil, life goes on. However, near the end of the issue we learn that the ‘thing’ that has been narrating the events is a sign of a much bigger threat coming for the Halliwell sisters…someone who’s been watching them and preparing to end them once and for all.
It’s always cool to see shows that have ended their television run living on in another form of media, whether that be books, a webseries, or, in this case, comics. A lot of shows have comic-book tie-ins, and Charmed does a wonderful job continuing on the story and the adventures of the Halliwell sisters in a different, mass-consumed form. It looks great on the page and the screen for those who prefer to download. The story carries the associated tensions, relationships, and idiosyncrasies with which each character was attributed. Continuing Charmed in a comic book years after its television run was a smart move, and they’ve picked out a great team to work on the series. The art seems familiar and brings to life characters that fans of the show have come to know. The dialogue is sharp and clever, carrying with it the similar tone and hilarities each of the characters has to offer.
The TV series might have ended, but the Halliwell sisters and their foes live on in these well-drawn and surprisingly familiar comics. Charmed: Season 10 #1 gives me hope that this next season will continue what has long been a favorite show for a lot of people. The book is still able to surprise fans with new characters, interesting plot lines, and wry humor. It’s definitely a series to catch up with if you haven’t already and a great start to the new series if you’re up-to-date with the Charmed Ones.