Friday, May 21, 2010

Zatanna #1

I like Zatanna. I don't have the same obsession for the character Paul Dini does, but I still believe Zee deserves a spot in the DCU. I'm just not sure this is it. To me, Zatanna has always been an intriguing supporting character. I'd like to see her in the Justice League, or even better Birds of Prey (a perfect spot for her). However, on her own she's taken out of the super-hero world and almost lost in a mystical one. Can she be a female version of Doctor Strange in fishnets (I apologize for that visual)? Maybe, given time, but that's a ways off.

This isn't a bad first issue, but it doesn't really grab you either. The baddie being a mystic gangster sure doesn't do much for me. Dini does give the character strong voice and personality, but the plot surrounding her is basically blah. And for a book that is trying to center itself around a strong female protagonist the panel of Zee magically undressing and shoving her boobs in the reader's face is a bit disconcerting. I'm hoping the second issue is a little better or Zatanna may see at least one reader disappear. Hit-and-Miss.

[DC $2.99]


Greg said...

It seems strange that the first issue of a character's ongoing series doesn't feature an origin story - even in recap - to explain to new readers who she is. This could almost as easily be an issue of Detective Comics starring Zatanna.

Cap'n Carrot said...

As someone who's known that character for years I hadn't considered that perspective, but you're right. The comic does tell you who Zantanna is, at least in a basic way, but doesn't give you context as to why she does what she does.