Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell #1

Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell #1

Writer: Paul Dini Artist: Joe Quinones Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 21, 2014 Cover Price: $22.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 3
8.3Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

Two of the DC Universe’s brightest stars join forces in this original graphic novel!

A year ago, Black Canary infiltrated a gang of female criminals set to pull a dangerous heist at a Las Vegas casino. Its leader was skilled in hand-to-hand combat and more than a passing interest in black magic. Rather than be captured by Canary or the law, she went to her death, vowing to get revenge on Canary! Now, one year later, death stalks those gang members, and Canary must turn to her friend Zatanna to help investigate.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Sam Kittrel May 30, 2014

    Paul Dini's done it again and I doubt he could've done it without such a stellar artist on board. Take a lesson from this, New 52 writers: All of the artists and writers on board can't save a book if none of them can tie it together. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori May 21, 2014

    If you want fun in your heroes, love these two ladies, or just want to see a really well done story develop in front of your eyes, this is the book for you. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore May 26, 2014

    "Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell" is the kind of book I would lend to a friend who was looking to get into comics. It's got all the right elements in just the right amounts: wicked fun, cheesy yet nostalgic one-liners, fantastic chemistry, rollicking action, full accessibility, and stunning artwork. In short, there's nothing not to love about this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Max Dweck May 21, 2014

    This is just a great graphic novel. It's fun, well-written, and treats the protagonists with the respect they deserve. The plot isn't very heavy, but depending on tastes, that's not necessarily a bad thing. The book's largest flaw is that it's just a bit too mature for younger readers. It's a real shame, because in most aspects this would be a perfect superhero tale for kids, especially given Black Canary and Zatanna's potential as role models for young girls who could see how fleshed-out the characters are and how strong their friendship becomes. Unfortunately, due to some sexual content and a moderate amount of swearing, this book is firmly at the teen rating. At the very least, parental discretion is advised. If such matters are not a concern, it's well worth reading. It's far from Paul Dini's best work, but it's still a solid, well told tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Collectors - Wayland Smith May 29, 2014

    I really enjoyed this a lot, and fully believe it was worth the hard cover price. I miss the "old" DCU. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp May 30, 2014

    The only real negative from the collection (other than the somewhat convoluted curse plot held together wonderfully by Zatanna and Black Canary's interactions over the years) is the fact that after you're finished there's no next issue to look forward to and only some depressingly insufficient New 52 titles currently featuring inferior versions of our heroes. That has more to say with the current state of the New 52 than this book which reminds us what writers and artists who know and like their characters, and are given the freedom in which to work (and an expanded classic DCU history on which to draw from), can deliver. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fanboys Inc - Mai Jun 20, 2014

    Truly though, Joe Quinones stole the show from Paul Dini. While he's one of my long time favorite writers, he just can't write women right it seems. I cannot think of one lady who would write a scene where the two badass chicks went fishnet stocking shopping together. Seriously? If I wrote it, I'd make a crack about it but that would be as far as it goes. I feel like every female who read that part rolled their eyes when they got too it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Al Sparrow Jun 25, 2014

    Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell is a nice taste of nostalgia, and it'll scratch the itch for readers who yearn for the days before the New 52. At the same time, it may backfire, as those same fans are reminded just what they lost to get the New 52. In the end this is a great looking package that could have been much more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Inter-Comics Podcast - Mathew R Wilmot Sep 14, 2014

    Overall Black Canary and Zatanna: Blood Spell is an incredibly fun book. Two excellent characters given the kind of love and attention they deserve in their own book. Ideal for new fans who may have been introduced to Black Canary through CWs Arrow and want to check out more stories. Or anyone who has seen reference to these characters but doesn't know where to start this is a pretty solid beginning point. A very enjoyable, entertaining read which fresh faces and weathered veterans can get on with. If this is the start of a new direction for DC it is definitely done with a bang not a whimper. Read Full Review

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