Zatanna #9

Writer: Paul Dini Artist: Cliff Chiang Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 26, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 2
7.6Critic Rating
9.2User Rating

"Pupaphobia" continues with Zatanna discovering a memory long repressed from her childhood on the road... the memory of the night that sadistic puppeteer Oscar Hempel tried to kill her! But while she thought her father's magic cut Hempel's strings long ago, he's back and out for vengeance and Zee may have no choice but to reverse his curse and set him free to kill again!

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Feb 1, 2011

    This issue offers a stronger outlook on the series future than the last, thanks to more focused, less formulaic storytelling from Dini, a lively co-feature from Beechen, and strong art overall. It all depends on the next issues wrap-up to see if this series has what it takes to make it in the long-run. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jan 26, 2011

    Luckily, we are treated to a fun little back-up story by Adam Beechen and Jamal Igle that makes up for the characterization that was lacking from the main feature. Placing Zatanna in the '80s (complete with a "Frankie Says Relax" t-shirt), moments after she gets her braces on, is pure gold. It's a relatable tale of growing up that should connect with a diverse group of readers. Even though it's silly, watching an iconic hero in such a simple, real situation can be eye-opening. Beechen delivers a script full of humor and goofy sight gags, to which Igle meets him stride-for-stride. It was an unexpected surprise that reminded me how unique of a character DC has in Zatanna. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jan 27, 2011

    I hate to say it, but in some ways I enjoyed the backup more than the main story this month. Chiang's art is still drop-dead gorgeous, but it feels like the wind has slightly gone out of the main story's sails. Fortunately, the backup is a solid, strong enough feature to make the book still end on a positive note. I'd rather have more full Dini and Chiang stories (or for that matter, a return of original artist Stephane Roux who is still MIA on interiors after his first three issues), but if we need more backup stories down the line, the return of Beechen and Igle would be welcomed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Wayland Feb 3, 2011

    Mr. Dini has been giving up a lot of his books lately, apparently to work on his tv show Tower Prep. I wonder if that's what caused this odd back up to be in this one. Having both read his work and watched the show, I will say I find him a fantastic comic book writer, but the show leaves a bit to be desired. Read Full Review

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