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Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell Hardcover – May 27, 2014
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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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Love almost anything written by Dini, and this book delivers. It has everything in a neat little package, an origin story, body transformation, fishnets, big fights, and lots of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Zachary T
Just a wonderfully fun read, a throwback to classic Silver Age / Bronze Age DC Comics storytelling. Complete in one installment, with just enough nods to character continuity... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Anthony R. Cardno
I was bored. Does everyone get that? A story with the most powerful woman (possibly person) in the DC universe and I was bored. And I love Paul Dini. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've read many graphic novels but none featuring Black Canary or Zatanna so I went into this with a completely open mind and loved it!!! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Collector of Rare and Unique Items
Good story with two of my favorite ladies in the DC Universe. Unfortunately, the art is terrible. These two women have alway been two of the most attractive women in all of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've never been a fan of either of these characters but this book changed my mind. I really hope they make more. It was a fun read and the art was super fun. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Maris