"Charmed volume 3" collects issues 13- 19 of the 'Charmed' comic book series (aka Season Nine). This particular story arch has been epic and controversial for loyal fans of the series in near enough equal measures. At the end of the 2nd volume, it is implied by Patty Halliwell that Prue, the late oldest Charmed One is still alive and Cole is sent to try and find her. In this volume, we see Cole succeed in that task. Prue was still linked to her Charmed destiny, so wasn't able to move on. To keep her soul from being torn apart, Prue came back to Earth and found the body of a witch who was brain dead after being attacked by a nasty soul collecting demon. Prue inhabits this body and takes on the persona "Patience", helping young witches in Salem and starting a new life for herself. But it's not all so simple: if Prue sees her sisters, the prophecy of The Power of Three will crumble and the Charmed Ones will face extreme chaos. It is implied that we will see more of Prue in the next volume, but nonetheless, this is a very well written reunion and a gripping story that balances heart-wrenching emotion with explosive battles perfectly.
Away from this story arch, the volume also contains two one-shots: "Piper's Place"- a nice issue that focuses on Piper opening her restaurant and struggling to maintain a good relationship with her kids. And "Crossed Tripple-Crossed"- a nod to the Noir episode of season 7, which focuses on Paige fighting for custody of Henry Mitchell Jr. These two issues act as a welcome break from the very serious arch and deliver a couple of more light-hearted storylines, which are very enjoyable.
Many readers were unsure about Prue's new appearance, but unfortunately this was the only way they could bring Prue back, as they currenly don;t have Shannen Doherty's permission... but hey, in a strange way that kind of makes it more believable as a continuation of the TV show!
I loved the stories in this issue. My one and only complaint is that unlike the first two volumes, the paper used in this release is incredibly thin and low quality. The artwork is still just as clear and glossy, I just personally think a trade paperback's paper should be as good a quality (if not better) than the paper used in individual issues.
Another great season 9 story to add to your collection. Only one more to go, then we'll be waiting for season 10 :)
This series just keeps on getting better. Not only are the comics dramatic, action-packed, funny and full of surprises in their own right, but they set straight some of the more aggravating issues of the show in completely epic ways (such as that "Ultimate Power" BS, why Prue couldn't reappear after season 3 and more). The writers seem to really be in tune with what the fans want whilst at the same time being able to go off on their own and create new and exciting adventures for the girls. Seriously, and I say this as a fan since season 1, I don't think Charmed has ever been better. Keep it up, Zenescope!
i loved the charmed tv series and dispite the great closure i was sad it was over so i bought the charmed graphic novels and they where great. season 9 has 4 volumes or 20somthing comics, the volumes are a much better value for money. the plot lines are brilliant but when reading it is difficult to tell which charicter is which mostly between piper and pheobe in graphics but you can infer it from the speach. it is definatly worth buying and reading.