Zatanna #1

Zatanna #1

Writer: Paul Dini Artist: Stephane Roux Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 19, 2010 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 1
7.8Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

At last the Mistress of Magic in her own ongoing series! Zatanna Zatara has long made her home in San Francisco, but right under her nose a sinister threat has developed a crime boss who dominates the criminal underworld with the dark powers of the magical underworld! The terrifying Brother Night is making his play for San Fran, and the police force including hunky detective Dale Colton turn to Zee for help. But Brother Night is a whole new kind of criminal and if Zatanna thinks she can backwards-talk him down, then she's in over her top-hatted head! Superstar writer Paul Dini (BATMAN: MAD LOVE) is paired with the gorgeous art of Stephane Roux (BIRDS OF PREY), making his anticipated DC debut on interior art! There's only one thing to say T'NOD SSIM TI!

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt May 21, 2010

    There are setbacks in this issue and some of its faults are awfully glaring, but you cannot deny the potential it has for greatness. Paul Dini does wonders with the character and Stephane Roux looks like he will, given time, just as strong of an interior artist as he is for covers. Zatanna is character that is too often played up as either A) a quick magical deus ex machine or B) sheer eye candy, but I think that this series is going to go a long way at changing that. This could definitely be the new Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ross Haralson May 23, 2010

    The creative freedom that Dini is afforded through the books independence hints at a very bright future for the title, as does the strength of the art. Publishers need to see that there is a market for efforts like Zatanna, which function as something more than just another title starring Batman or Wolverine, so make sure you pick this one up. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Mania - Chris Smits May 25, 2010

    This one has every indication of providing a lot of fun for readers willing to give it a try. I'm giving Zatanna #1 the grade of a B+ and look forward to a very interesting run with the title. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton May 19, 2010

    I said earlier that Dini didn't waste much time with exposition, but the one thing that "Zatanna" #1 does do is set up the status quo. At the end of this issue every new and old reader alike knows who she is, what she does, how strong her powers are. From here? Dini's got the rest of the series wide open to do whatever he wants. I'm looking forward to seeing it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Dan Phillips May 19, 2010

    Dini is joined on art by Stephane Roux, best known for his work with strong female leads on the covers of Birds of Prey. Like longtime Birds artist Nicola Scott, Roux's females are sexy without resorting to too much cheesecake, which is a hard thing to do when your lead character prances around in fishnets. Roux's a great cartoonist capable of strong storytelling. He creates lush atmosphere and versatile character "acting." From the looks of this first issue, he's the perfect choice to join Dini on his pet project. Here's hoping they enjoy a lengthy run together, and that they both figure out ways around the character's inherent difficulties. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans May 21, 2010

    A generally good debut that should please Zatanna fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Christopher Power May 23, 2010

    Finally, I would like to comment about how much this issue reminds me of one of my favourite books of all time, the re-launch of The Spectre in the mid-1980s after Crisis on Infinite Earths. Mystical detective work--mundane crimes mixed with mystical elements--made for a very compelling reading. The style, pacing and feel of Zatanna #1 reminds me very much of those Spectre stories. If it continues this way, Dini has a regular reader in me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Brian May 26, 2010

    I have a feeling that this comic is going to have a rather long run so long as the writers don't fall into a rut. The characters seem to play well off each other even if our hero seems to be a bit too good at her job. I look forward to the day when Zee has to showdown with the likes of Felix Faust or a rematch with Dr. Light. Once they smooth out a few rough edges I think this comic will be a regular for a lot of people's pull lists. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk May 23, 2010

    Hopefully, as the series progresses well get to see some of Zatannas dense back story explored, while watching her beat up on the magic worlds bad guys. A little real world magical foes like demons, cultists, and the like might prove interesting as well. Time will tell how Zatanna pans out, but its off to a decent start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kate Trippe May 23, 2010

    Finally, if you dont try to actually read Zatannas backwards dialog aloud you are really missing out on part of the fun of the character. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Kiser May 23, 2010

    Still, given that the only real criticism I can launch at the book is speculative, Zatanna has to be considered a success. It must be a creators dream to work on a book starring one of his favorite characters--a dream that becomes all the sweeter when the finished product comes out as well as this one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young May 23, 2010

    Anyway, if someone were to give me a free copy of Zatanna every month, I certainly would find it worth my time to read it. However, based on this first issue, I don't know that it's worth squeezing three dollars out of my already tight monthly budget. Read Full Review

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