Enter the Magical Girl Fight Club of Crystal Fighters

Jen Bartel & Tyler Bartel’s Webcomic Arrives in Print This September From Dark Horse Comics

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Enter the Magical Girl Fight Club of <i>Crystal Fighters</i>

Jen Bartel is one of the internet’s favorite artists, thanks to her signature badass-cosmic-Lisa-Frank style, and her work has graced everything from Jem & the Holograms covers to her upcoming Image series Blackbird to the Overwatch tribute art that’s probably on your wall right now. On September 5th, Dark Horse Comics offers eager fans a chance to pick up a Bartel project they may have missed the first time around: Crystal Fighters, co-written by Tyler Bartel, which first ran on the vertical-scroll digital platform Stela (not to be confused with the book’s protagonist, Stella). Crystal Fighters is, on its surface, a Fight Club-esque twist on the Magical Girl genre, but the Bartels weave in sly commentary on what it’s like to be a woman in the often-sexist gaming community. Check out an extended preview of Crystal Fighters below, and be sure to nab the complete collection when it hits comic stores on September 5th.

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Crystal Fighters Cover Art by Jen Bartel

Crystal Fighters
Writers: Jen Bartel & Tyler Bartel
Artist: Jen Bartel
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: September 5, 2018
Stella’s a bored teen who’s part of the first generation to grow up immersed in a world of virtual reality games, in which she discovers a secret magical girl fight club. Now that she’s gotten her wish of finding something exciting in her life, she also discovers a dark side to magical girls, and finds herself having to prove her worth in a series of tournaments where, if she loses, she can never come back.

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Crystal Fighters Interior Art by Jen Bartel

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Crystal Fighters Interior Art by Jen Bartel

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Crystal Fighters Interior Art by Jen Bartel

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Crystal Fighters Interior Art by Jen Bartel

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Crystal Fighters Interior Art by Jen Bartel

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Crystal Fighters Interior Art by Jen Bartel

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Crystal Fighters Interior Art by Jen Bartel

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