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Review: Zatanna- The Mistress of Magic #2

Definitely not as good as the first issue


Zatanna continues her quarrel with Brother Night as well as a new adversary in the second issue of her self titled series.  
 

The Good

This was definitely one issue I had really been looking forward to, but after I read it, I was not quite sure how I felt. The story in this issue is very light and fun, and references the old JLA team (the one prior to Robinson's current run which featured Black Canary as the leader; did anyone else notice that?). The art was good, and consistent throughout the entirety of the issue, which I personally found good. Dini definitely knows Z's voice, and probably knows her character better than most writers.  
 

The Bad

This issue felt out of place with the first and the reading experience did not feel consecutive. In the first we saw Zee face off against Brother Night. And while we do see Brother Night in this second issue, his appearance is brief and his character portrayal is non-threatening. In this second issue, Zatanna's primary confrontation is with an obnoxious little troll named  Fuseli. This issue reads like a chapter out of Stephen King's The Cat's Eye, which was also a movie. Youtube it for a chuckle. My main problem with this issue was the way that Dini tried to bridge mysticism with reality through the use of a dream sequence. There was something about it that just felt off. 
 

The Verdict- 3/5

The issue is fun, and the series is fun- but I like Zatanna as a character, and I wonder if the fact that I really like her is influencing my perception of the series. It's a good time, but it is nothing thought provoking or moving. The comic is almost silly. If you like her character, chances are you you will enjoy this comic. 
13 Comments
Posted by shawn87

im not too framiliar with Zatanna...but its on my list of comics to get

Posted by Caligula

is it just me or is she overly busty (more so than usual) on that cover?

Posted by Cherry Bomb

wow, i've been meaning to read more DC, and I think I'll like Zatanna, so I'll definately read. [: 

Posted by Caligula
@Cherry Bomb said:
" wow, i've been meaning to read more DC, and I think I'll like Zatanna, so I'll definately read. [:  "
definitely DC is superior if you give them a chance
Posted by SupremoMaximo

Would she need to go see a general surgeon about the size of her assets or can she just cast a spell on herself or something??  Those things could take out Superman it looks like..

Posted by Cherry Bomb
@Caligula said:
" @Cherry Bomb said:
" wow, i've been meaning to read more DC, and I think I'll like Zatanna, so I'll definately read. [:  "
definitely DC is superior if you give them a chance "
I grew up with Marvel, so thats what I'm used too really, but I'll definately start reading DC :D
Posted by MysterioMaximus

I love Zatanna and Dini! I've got to start picking this up.

Posted by Silkcuts

This issue was disappointing.  Paul Dini needs to give Zatanna Depth. He is like a 13 year old boy writing a story about the superhero he has a crush on.  Its like Everyday magic all over all.

Posted by greenenvy

The only thing I liked about this issue while skimming threw it was the fact that the nightmare was a villain for this issue.This just reminded me, marvel has a character based on the dream demon called nightmare as well and he is a foe to Dr. Strange which another magic user like Zatanna hmmm. 

Posted by cadaver
@greenenvy: @greenenvy said:

" The only thing I liked about this issue while skimming threw it was the fact that the nightmare was a villain for this issue.This just reminded me, marvel has a character based on the dream demon called nightmare as well and he is a foe to Dr. Strange which another magic user like Zatanna hmmm.  "

Zatanna was fighting  a nightmare imp called  Fuseli in this issue. Any rate, DC mystics beat marvel hands down, mostly due to DC's Vertigo titles. Zatanna has crossed over into them on more than one occasion, when Vertigo was formed she should have jumped ship with Swamp Thing, Sandman and John Constantine.
Posted by mistrx75

That's a good point about the whole biased opinion thing.  I liked it, but then again, I like Zatanna a lot.  I like that her own mythology is being established with this series, though.

Posted by extrememage

it was a fun issue but im looking forward to seeing her in action more with more powerful foes.
Posted by Renee

I really want this issue now!