If you’re familiar with Eerie Cuties, you’ll know the spin-off, Magick Chicks, which follows a coven of three witches trying to fit into a school for monster-slayers and magic-fighters. Similar to its predecessor, this comic deals with teenagers going through every-day high school drama; only in EC, the teenagers were magical creatures, while in MC, they’re combat experts.
Melissa Hellrune, Cerise Darkshade, and Jacqui Brightmoon are “volunteered” to attend Artemis Academy through an exchange program, albeit a secret exchange program, as the students at the all-girl Artemis Academy are training to fight and destroy witches. The Academy is divided among the Magical Cadets, the Combat Corps, and the Esper Collective, all ruled by Student Council President Faith Abbott, who happily uses the school as her personal playground. At first, all seems to go along fairly well, with Melissa trying to upstage Faith while keeping their identities secret, until one of her coven sisters decides she’s rather be the leader of the witches. Add in an evil genie, a strange wand, Melissa’s secretive parents, and the rival, all-boys Apollo Academy, and it makes for one heck of a school year.
The drawing and writing is handled by some of the Pixie Trix staff from Eerie Cuties: David Lumsdon is the main writer, with Gisèle Lagacé and Shouri as artists. Magick Chicks is drawn in similar style as Eerie Cuties: clean lines, mostly black and white coloring, with grayscale for shading, and very little intricate detailing. The story at first begins the same as EC: a sitcom style story with a magical bent; however it more than holds up as its own series, although several characters from Eerie Cuties will pop up in cameos.
Unlike its predecessor, the action and sexual situations are slightly more adult, although falling into the PG-13 category, versus PG. There are also several scenes concerning same-sex relationships, played up due to the all-girls school environment. But as with EC, there is no outright nudity or graphic depictions of sex. A slightly more mature version, Magick Chicks is still a good read for fans of situation comedy, with action and magic thrown in for good measure.
Pixie Trix combined the Eerie Cuties and Magick Chicks webcomics into one printed series, with three out so far. The comic is still online, although it was recently announced the series will end soon. Until then, you can read the newest pages at Magickchicks.com.