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Writer Paul Dini has earned five Emmy Awards for his work on Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited. His live action work includes story editing for Lost. In comics, his BATMAN ADVENTURES: MAD LOVE, with artist Bruce Timm, won numerous awards. In 2006, he was head writer for DC's COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS and took over Batman's adventures in DETECTIVE COMICS. He was also the writer of BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM, GOTHAM CITY SIRENS and the ZATANNA comic book series.
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Product Details

  • Series: Black Canary and Zatanna
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (May 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401210546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401210540
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two of the finest Gotham City sirens team up to battle a vengeful ghost in "Bloodspell," the marvelous new original graphic novel from writer Paul Dini and artist Joe Quinones. This highly entertaining and clever story takes place outside what passes for the "New 52" DC comics continuity, which is terrific, since it means we get to see the REAL Zatanna and Black Canary in action (with some cameo appearances by Green Arrow, Zatara, and, even more briefly, Superman). The classic characters in their classic costumes (more or less; we are also shown some of the variants these gals wore at various times in their past) and a story that is dramatic and also full of charm and warmth, not at all the tedious cosmic blow-hardiness or grim, bloody psychosis of mainstream comics these days.

I expected no less from Dini, the genius who gave us so many memorable Batman stories in the comics and in the animated TV series as well as creating the criminal screwball Harley Quinn (with Bruce Timm) and Jingle Belle. What amazes me is that it took DC nine years to publish this, according to the date of the original pitch (included as a supplemental feature, along with the original script and many Quinones pencil sketches and rough layouts). The guy has an Emmy, an Eisner, and a proven track record -- who's running the picture there at the New DC?

Bloodspell is crammed with twists, jokes, fond winks at comic book lore and tropes, and a suitable mystery plot that begins with streetwise crimebuster Black Canary investigating the strange suicides of a former underworld gang. Clues point to supernatural involvement, so she looks up her old Justice League comrade Zatanna Zatara, mistress of the magical arts. Together these fishnet fatales investigate and trace the spectral presence behind these deaths.
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I love this so much! I love Quinones' art and Dini has written a wonderful story! This graphic novel is more reason I would love Quinones to take on more full-comic projects, rather than just covers (do Captain Marvel, please!).

I haven't read many comics featuring Zatanna, but this graphic novel was a great introduction to her for people like that. The story is a quick run through the primary storyline (an attempted robbery with a backstabbing that Black Canary stops, flash forward to the present when the backstabber comes back for revenge) with flashbacks to previous adventures featuring the Fishnet Duo and them hanging out in the present as best friends and comrades in arms. Quinones and Dini managed to sneak Wonder Woman and the Furies into this, as well as some more classic Fishnet Duo costumes, and it's great. The banter is fun, the story is well-paced. The art is gorgeous: wonderful expressions from Quinones, beautiful backgrounds, all the little details... I cannot stop complimenting how beautiful this book is.

If you love Quinones' art, buy this book. If you want to show your support for women (especially women team-ups) in comics, which is still sadly a rarity, especially when they're the titular characters, buy this book. Send letters to DC asking for more like this. It's only downside, as mentioned, is its relative brevity. While the story is rather meaty and complete, I was left wanting more when it ended. It's just written so well.

Hope you enjoy it!
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I thought this was a great book! It was nice to read a new DC comic that didn't take place in the New 52 continuity, and Paul Dini really delivered. You may know him from his work on Batman: The Animated Series. In this book, he took two great characters and used the characteristics that make each of them unique to create a great story. They both have moments to shine, and their friendship is fun to see. The premise of the story is interesting too (not going to spoil it) and it makes perfect sense why this particular threat would involve these two particular heroines.

The art is awesome. Joe Quinones has a really great style and his action scenes are fantastic. I think where he REALLY shines is in the facial expressions he gives to the characters and the way in which he makes each character look like a unique individual. A lot of comic artists draw the same face on every man and the same face on every woman, and Quinones does not do that at all. His characterization moments are fantastic, and his animated style lends itself really well to Dini's story.

Overall I'd say this is a must-read for any DC comics fan, especially anyone longing for a break from the New 52 and missing the pre-New 52 DCU.
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I loved the dynamics between the two leads. It heavily reminds me of the Power Girl and Huntress duo, but this is a nice stand-alone graphic novel not set in any particular DC continuity. (I guess it goes into the miscellaneous or elseworlds-like/another universe category) If you like either Black Canary or Zatanna, GET THIS novel!

The story is a fun and simple mystery that utilizes Zatanna's role as a magician. Artwork was okay for me; the pencils of the characters were not completely consistent throughout but the overall feel/story and characters dynamics make for a fun read--so 4.5 stars rounds up to 5! Finally, the many cameos of other DC characters make this gleefully fun to read.
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