Tistra: Einahpets Xour
Tsiroloc: Nhoj Zsilak
Revoc Tistra: Adnama Rennoc
Rerettel: Tap Uaessorb
Rotide: Yeoj Ireilavac
Eht Yllacigam Gnitevir Tolp
A wanna be thug and rapper, named Backlash, takes it upon himself to utilize his time reversing device to assist him in his dastardly and murderous deeds. After slaying a group of mer-people, this simple minded jerkwad takes his blood-thirsty agenda to San Francisco where Zatanna practices her backwards enchantments.
While taking a stroll through the city, our fish-net wearing heroine finds herself doin’ the mystical tango with the Backlash. (Original name huh?) As time runs backwards, and Zatanna’s spells are spoken correctly, (making them useless) she must now use her mighty wit and outsmart our rhythmless evildoer and save Tinkerbell!
Ym Ewa-Gniripsni Noinipo
I have now decided to go back eleven issues and play catch up with the Zatanna series. I’ve always loved her, but never did I imagine that she had enough potential to have her own title. Finally, one year later, I decided to pick up issue #12 and see what all the excitement was about. And I told myself I wasn’t going to pick up any more titles to help save a few bucks…this was a bad way of sticking to my comic book diet.
The interesting thing Sturges does with #12 is the play on the reverse aspect of Zatanna’s world. How could a writer put a twist on Zatanna’s spells without seeming to unoriginal? I got it! Force her to say the spells forwards instead of backwards! And I’ll be honest, as corny and stupid as the new villain Backlash is, the idea propelling this story is quite creative.
I liked Sturges’ portrayal of Zatanna having to constantly practice her magical spells. Sure, she’s been around since the late 60’s, but everyone gets rusty right? She doesn’t seem inept to me, just staying on top of things.
I can only imagine how much fun Sturges had in thinking up as many Palindromes as he could for Zatanna to spout out. For those who loves word games, comics, and action, this is the ultimate storyline. I wonder if Sturges decided to challenge Stephanie Roux and create some difficult artistic situations through the dialog that only the best artists could render.
Maybe it’s my problem having hopped on board with Zatanna 12 issue after it began, but I wasn’t fully sure where this thug came from, where he got his “wicked sword,” and where this green fairy came from. It all seemed very random to me and out of place…but thus is the nature of comic books. So all I have to say is “give me more randominity!”
It was nice to see Stephane Roux back on board with the art on a title. I haven’t actually seen her work for some time which is quite sad. We very rarely see Zatanna out of her magician’s uniform and in regular clothing. But even then, Roux gives a very modern and exotic look to her, even as she flies over the city of San Fransisco.
Speaking of which, I hear rumors around the World Wide Web that Sturges’ description of San Francisco was a spot on match to what it’s actually like in the real world. I’ve never been to the magical city, but if what Zatanna says is true, I might need to pay it a visit one of these years.
Ym Yllacitsejam Citcamilc Noisulcnoc
Overall, this was a very well thought out book. It had its confusing and out of place points but, eh, nothings perfect.
Oh, that the cover by Amanda Conner is freaking amazing!!!!
7 out of 10 stars