Pretty Guardian * Sailor Moon Vol. 1
By Naoko Takeuchi
Don't know how many gnomes??
Usagi Tsukino is a normal girl until she meets up with Luna, a talking cat, who tells her that she is Sailor Moon. As Sailor Moon, Usagi must fight evils and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess. She meets other girls destined to be Sailor Senshi (Sailor Scouts), and together, they fight the forces of evil!
I have decided to hold off judgement until I have perused other volumes. I just don't know about this one. Quite baffled actually. I remember watching the cartoon when I was little. Not religiously, but I do remember...I just don't remember it being that crazy. This really annoying girl meets a cat with a strange marking on her head, and she becomes this super hero with a magical tiara who always yells "Makeup!" when she's changing into a skimpy sailor outfit. And she's looking for a crystal and a princess while being stalked by some guy in a tuxedo mask.
This one is going to take some time. I like when things go all moon power, but Usagi Tsukino is terribly annoying and the cat can talk (one of my literary dealbreakers). So I'm going to keep reading and decide how I really feel at a later time.