Seven Soldiers of Victory: Zatanna #1
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Seven Soldiers of Victory: Zatanna #1

Event\Storyline: Seven Soldiers of Victory Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Ryan Sook Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 6, 2005 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 6
7.8Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

Zatanna tries to get her head together and figure out what to do with her life. She's come to an emotional impasse as her magical powers wane, resulting in an obsession with finding her father's lost magical journals hoping they contain the secrets she needs of his black art.

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Apr 10, 2005

    References: Encyclopedia of Monsters--Daniel Cohen (1982) Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Olivia Woodward Apr 10, 2005

    In short, this title is a refutation of all the bad habits that the modern superhero comics has come to embrace. Like Zatanna, the modern superhero comic has great potential, but too few of the creators have the aesthetic integrity to bring it to fruition. Too many are shackled by the presence of their predecessors. The thing that makes this title so exquisitely clever is that this message is being conveyed through Morrisons version of the much hyped mega-event. The Seven Soldiers concept gives a swift kick in the mouth to all the pedestrian and pathetic Infinite Identity Disassembled House of Countdown X-Crisis event stories churned out by the marketing experts at the Big Two. Nowhere has it been as overt as in this issue. I highly recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Deeley Apr 10, 2005

    may seem generous with a review that harsh. But the art is still better than average, the storys only just getting started, theres some dimensional theory (always love the hard science), and the sance is an homage to Alan Moores Swamp Thing #50. Which leads me to ask: Isnt Ibis supposed to be dead? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Apr 15, 2005

    I just finished reading the "Arkham Asylum: Living Hell" trade, and while I picked it up largely based on the strength of Dan Slott's work on "She-Hulk" I have to say Ryan Sook's work played a huge role in my enjoyment of that miniseries' big climax, as his work did an amazing job when the more hellish elements started to manifest. This in turn leaves me quite excited that he looks to be on board for this miniseries, as Zatanna's entire world involves her dealing with the supernatural. Now this issue certainly gets everything off to an impressive start, as Zatanna and her small group of allies embark on a wonderfully bizarre journey through the various dimensions, and there's some lovely visual touches, from the fantastic double page shot where we see the group jumping from one panel to the next, to the amazing reveal shot where we discover what happened to the others when Zatanna returns to her home dimension. That cover image is also a lovely piece, though I have to confess red-eyed Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Egg Embry Apr 10, 2005

    So, with that out of the way, I liked the three twists within the story (thats a LOT for a first issue, and each was better than the last). I like the fact that Zatanna has had several character altering events and is forced to take the world from a new angle. I like the effort that is put into that! Overall, I can say without a doubt that Ill be buying the next three issues magic-speak and all! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - James Redington Apr 10, 2005

    All in all, a good comic. Not great, but solid. Im definitely buying the next issue, and now looking forward to the Witch-boy which I think is the next release from this series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Apr 10, 2005

    At the end, as Zatanna picks up an unwanted sidekick, it seems Morrison has fit her into a fairly Constantine-like role, which is a fair, if not groundbreaking, direction to take with the character. The problem remains, at the center of it all, how to define this beautiful young woman with more power than she knows how to use, and who remains much less naughty than nice. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Apr 10, 2005

    Overall, this comic is a mix of the two sides of Grant Morrison: when its based in real life, its wonderful. When its based on mystical magical realms, its very hard to follow. Read Full Review

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