W.I.T.C.H. is a fantasy/superhero comic series created in Italy by Elisabetta Gnone. It is a commn comic and tells the story of five teenage girls who are chosen to be the new Guardians of Kandrakar, who protect the center of the universe from people and creatures who wish to cause harm to it. For this purpose, they have been given powers over the five elements.The new guardians are : Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia and Hay Lin. The title W.I.T.C.H. is an abbreviation of the first letters of the main characters' names: Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia, and Hay Lin.
The comic was never published in Japan, and instead a manga based on the comic, with art by Haruko Iida (????, Iida Haruko?), was published by Kadokawa Publishing (????, Kadokawa Shoten?) in their monthly magazine Asuka Monthly (?????, Gekkan Asuka?) and later collected in two Tankoban volumes, upon which the comic was canceled. The paperback volumes contained covers by Daisuke Ehara (????, Ehara Daisuke?).
The only American releases until 2005 were written books adapted from the comic. In 2005, graphic novels containing two issues each were released. The graphic novels are released about every two months, and at the beginning and end of every story there is a pin-up or miniature poster.