Unscripted: Zatanna #1

#1 Posted by Krakoa (550 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm still on the fence about this one. While, Zatanna is a likeable character, a slim pull list makes one more selective about what they pick up. 

#2 Edited by pixelized (62882 posts) - - Show Bio

I love Zatanna immensely; this issue notsomuch. 
  
I swore Claremont wrote some of this as things were explained to lengths that would make Emma's hair in Astonishing jealous. Over explaining her character history while adding in new story made this issue feel extremely crammed, dangerously rushed, and over all, bad. My excitement for a Zatanna ongoing has since been crushed and my care level for issue 2 is in a basement somewhere.
 
Oh and the art, while sometimes amazing, there were moments where Z looked like a Loony Toon. How can you take someone seriously when they look like a foil to Elmer Fudd?

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#3 Posted by War Killer (20129 posts) - - Show Bio

LMBO...Oh, Babs. So silly, I wonder what you would do with Zatanna's powers, fixing your hair just for the heck :P

#4 Posted by Mask of Tengu (208 posts) - - Show Bio

I almost made this issue my pick of the week, but instead went with Brightest Day #2...I really did love this issue though. 
#5 Posted by .Mistress Redhead. (27112 posts) - - Show Bio

I agree with Babs on most of her taste so I am hoping to love it as much as she does! 
 
sorry G-man ;)

#6 Posted by aZuLPiNoY (116 posts) - - Show Bio

Maybe Zatanna casts a silence spell on her heels so that she can sneak up on people... creeper.

#7 Posted by Nighthunter (28582 posts) - - Show Bio

I love Zatanna, I love Dini and I loved this issue
#8 Posted by the_orange_crush (79 posts) - - Show Bio

G-Man's analysis of her outfit is freakin' hilarious! Kinda sounds like Penguin....

#9 Posted by yescas (58 posts) - - Show Bio

I liked the issue, but I have a love hate relationship with her spells. I love that you can know what she does by reading the spell backwards but it seems so lame. 
I thought g-man was going to change to a 4 after all the things he said, seemed to me he enjoyed the issue a lot more than what he graded it for.

#10 Posted by Silkcuts (5272 posts) - - Show Bio

I agreed with G-man, the villains are not scary enough.  When could DCU people smoke cigarettes again?  I know the last Zatanna book was published under Vertigo and was a stinker, John Constantine was way out of Character.  So with cig smoking and mild bondage, is this book really suppose to be Vertigo, but without the Vertigo banner to test sales?
 
I think the series needs John Constantine's and her romance to be explored!  It can't happen in his book, so do it in hers

#11 Posted by blackcanaryguy (21 posts) - - Show Bio

It's Doctor Light, not Polaris, at the beginning of the issue...
 
I really enjoyed this issue, even if it was a relatively understated #1.  Looking forward to the rest of the series.
 
As for Zatanna's costume: it's a classic. And frankly, no more ridiculous than most superhero costumes.

#12 Posted by doordoor123 (3721 posts) - - Show Bio

I know english and two other languages, and yet i didnt understand what was said.

#13 Posted by ComiCCloseup (287 posts) - - Show Bio

I will be dropping Power Girl since Amanda and Paulmiotti are leaving maybe this would be a good replacement??
#14 Edited by humanstruggle (13 posts) - - Show Bio

Babs , you are a gushing DC fangirl.

#15 Edited by Joey Ravn (385 posts) - - Show Bio
@Nighthunter said:

" I love Zatanna, I love Dini and I loved this issue "

Me too! This issue was amazing. A real great way to start a series. The only thing I don't understand is if this happens after Blackest Night and Cry for Justice (when her throat was slashed by Prometheus) or if this is supposed to be "outside" any specific major plot.
 
PS: I didn't know Zatanna was a vegeterian! She instantly moved up to my Top Ten list, right after Animal Man (who I like anyway, but being a veggie is +100 Comic Book Points in my book). 
 
PS2: I suspected G-Man spoke Spanish. What about you, Babs?
#16 Posted by lostlantern13 (860 posts) - - Show Bio

I really enjoyed the book and thought it was the best book last week, but I have one major problem with this book. 
 
It needs to establish a weakness for Zatanna and some limits on what she can and cannot do. Far too often, magic gets the "deus ex machina" treatment and it can get magicians out of anything. A book loses some drama if they can get out of everything such as Zatanna did when she popped down to the evil bar. 
 
To solve G-man's problem about her stealth, Zee just says a spell and everything about her is silent ;)

#17 Posted by AmazingSpiderMike (144 posts) - - Show Bio

I think if Zatanna and Namor teamed up for a series run. I think Babs would faint, lol. 

#18 Posted by sora_thekey (8161 posts) - - Show Bio

I haven't read this issue... but I will pick this up! 
Looks like a fun read!
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#19 Edited by Bearded Justice (751 posts) - - Show Bio

ahh wish you guys had played more of that Cars song!  I love it! 
I was always wondering if I was pronouncing Zatanna correctly.
#20 Posted by FoxxFireArt (3553 posts) - - Show Bio

Sorry, G-Man. I'm with Babs on the pronunciation of Zatanna.
 
That cop character really is a rather cliche 1980's cop character. Leather jacket, cigarette, and personality issues.
I can't not believe Babs liked that "write a report" line. That is the most cliche and over used line in a cop story EVER.
 
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I like the fishnets!

#21 Posted by Rothschild (1311 posts) - - Show Bio

LOL @ Babs running in heels

#22 Edited by UnclePappyWolf (135 posts) - - Show Bio

Man G-man...how can you have a problem with Zatanna's choice of shoes when Black Canary (whose costume also looks almost exactly the same) and Wonder Woman wears practically the same shoes?  and as for the costume...STENHSIF ELUR!!!

#23 Posted by Mbecks14 (2068 posts) - - Show Bio

I LOVED THIS ISSUE!! 
from my blog:

 This issue was really great! Paul Dini's writing was really good, i was really drawn into the story.  The magical crime scene was really sick and the new characters, Brother Night and his gang are some cool additions to the DCU.  Stephane Roux's art was also incredible.  I was able to read the whole issue without looking at the words and i could not only tell what was going on, but i noticed all kinds of fun stuff in the background.
 
Definately pick this series up if you're interested. i read this 3 times and still enjoyed it.
 
5/5

#24 Posted by logan48227 (298 posts) - - Show Bio

Zatanna #1 was ok, and I like that Dini tried to give her a rogues gallery of her own, but I wasn't that impressed either. I agree with G-Man's 3.5. A decent book, but I won't beat down my LCS's door to buy issue #2. 

#25 Posted by WW-Fan (2738 posts) - - Show Bio
@ComiCCloseup:
why will you drop it? why not see first how the new writers will do Power girl
#26 Posted by G-Man (32244 posts) - - Show Bio
@logan48227: Maybe Babs can beat down the door by kicking it with her heels.
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#27 Posted by 00 Raiser (442 posts) - - Show Bio

A GREAT READ!!!!! Its nice to see some of the cooler less mainstream characters get their spotlight. Marvel in my opinion had a hits with their Psylocke mini series. Now DC is giving Zatanna a go and man its going to be the BOMB!!!!

#28 Posted by Preacherl2k (460 posts) - - Show Bio

LOL- you guys do the best reviews. You never fail to make me laugh with some "off" comment. I'm getting to the point of watching your reviews just to see what you'll say!
 
THANKS!

#29 Posted by thebatman1 (24 posts) - - Show Bio

 question- the only brightest day i'm reading is the main one and birds of prey, do i NEED to read all of the titles to get it or can i pick and choose?    

#30 Posted by ImperiousRix (1069 posts) - - Show Bio

Yes, The Oath was a fantastic mini-series, Babs, if you haven't read it, you MUST. 
I gots to get to the comic book store.  I've gotta come out of this comic book retirement I'm in.  I'd love to get into this Zatanna series.

#31 Posted by RavenT2 (655 posts) - - Show Bio

This is probably one of the funniest reviews I've seen so far!
#32 Edited by UnclePappyWolf (135 posts) - - Show Bio
OH @G-Man: Oh Babes would make a great Zatanna... shoes and all!   annataZ sebaB SELUR!!!
#33 Posted by ragdollpurps (15572 posts) - - Show Bio
@G-Man:
"WHAT A DOUCHE!"  
 
 
lmao. this was alright for a first issue, i was expecting it to be a little all over the place trying to get the seeds sown and all but i love the henry fuseli nightmare reference, thats enough motivation to buy the second issue imo.
#34 Posted by extrememage (184 posts) - - Show Bio

i really want this issue to test the series out because usually i get the graphic novels but i love wot ive read of zatanna so i'll make an exception
#35 Posted by sharky64 (72 posts) - - Show Bio

here comes babs awesome
#36 Posted by Lord Vashti (50 posts) - - Show Bio

KRAKOOOOOOOM!!! face lookin greasy  

#37 Posted by teewillis1981 (123 posts) - - Show Bio

I loved the issue! I'm definitely going to pick up the next one. Weird, I usually am with G-man on his reviews. I guess there's a first time for everything!

#38 Posted by Dipic (128 posts) - - Show Bio
@WW-Fan said:

" @ComiCCloseup: why will you drop it? why not see first how the new writers will do Power girl "

I already really dislike the art. I LOVED Amanda's take on PG. I thought it was absolutely perfect... couldn't get any better. The new team swore up and down that they would stick to what Conner and Palmiotti had done with the book... that includes the art. And now what we've seen from promos is that for some inexplicable reason PG now has her dyke looking short hair again. Aside from that, obviously the no artist would ever be able to capture the style and look of Amanda's PG completely and perfectly but this shows they aren't even trying... and that lowers my faith in them staying true to the spirit of the book already.
#39 Posted by WW-Fan (2738 posts) - - Show Bio
@Dipic said:
" @WW-Fan said:

" @ComiCCloseup: why will you drop it? why not see first how the new writers will do Power girl "

I already really dislike the art. I LOVED Amanda's take on PG. I thought it was absolutely perfect... couldn't get any better. The new team swore up and down that they would stick to what Conner and Palmiotti had done with the book... that includes the art. And now what we've seen from promos is that for some inexplicable reason PG now has her dyke looking short hair again. Aside from that, obviously the no artist would ever be able to capture the style and look of Amanda's PG completely and perfectly but this shows they aren't even trying... and that lowers my faith in them staying true to the spirit of the book already. "

well it could just a variant covers that we are seeing just look at the variant cover for Power girl #1 :)
#40 Posted by Cosmic Sentinel (3749 posts) - - Show Bio

I loved this issue, but Zee is one of my favourite characters and I've been waiting years for her first ongoing.

#41 Posted by Big (330 posts) - - Show Bio

He said "douche"
#42 Posted by EpitomeofCool (2779 posts) - - Show Bio

At 4:00 mins is that an Ironman advertisement in a DC comic book?

#43 Edited by NightFang (9976 posts) - - Show Bio

It's about time Zatanna got some respect! 

#44 Posted by BradBrains (91 posts) - - Show Bio

this has become my favorite ongoing. which suprises me as im not usually a magic kinda guy

#45 Posted by WW-Fan (2738 posts) - - Show Bio

omg i never realised that you could read the spells backwards :O

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