Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: John Dell
Colorist: John Kalisz
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Cover Art: Adam Hughes
In a nut shell, Zatanna has to fight off an ancient band of religious nutcases who believe that anything supernatural and magical should be burned at the stake. After hunting down all the vampires, werewolves, ghouls, goblins and whatever other “unholy” creatures are out there, they decided to focus all their hunting efforts on Zatanna…by way of invitation.
After receiving a nasty slice by an almost precise arrow to her throat, Zatanna scolds herself for walking right into the cults trap. But, due to the archer’s incredibly eye, Zatanna has been left speechless. So now the question is…can Zatanna get herself out of this pickle without magic at her side?
Before I Begin…
So let me start off by saying that I don’t care how much you get upset by a publisher’s “deceptive methods,” don’t spend a significant chunk of your review whining about how DC’s website administrator screwed up on who actually WROTE the script. Sure, give the right author proper credit, but don’t get so bent out of shape about it. I am, of course, referring to the review published at A Comic Book Blog. Lighten up buddy.
And Onto The Review
The premise of Zatanna #15 is an interesting one; this cult of religious nuts spill the beans by telling Zatanna that they, and those who came before, have hunted down her kind (witches) for centuries, determined to purge the world of them. Witch hunting is an old plot concept that has been swimming around in gothic literature for over one hundred years and is still being used in modern literature to this very day. So the concept of hunting down the “unnatural” creatures of the world isn’t new. But what makes it stick out for this particular comic book is the mere fact that, out of all the supernatural beings on Earth, it is Zatanna that this cult believes holds the greatest threat to humanity. Not Superman or any of the other more powerful men and women, just Zatanna…quite the interesting approach wouldn’t you agree?
While many fellow readers might find that idea to be a little difficult to grasp onto, rest assured the character of Zatanna is not compromised in the least despite how well the cult hindered her ability to use magic. Just like with Harry Potter, Zatanna’s ability to save the day does not truly rely on her magical capabilities, but rather on her resourcefulness. Despite all of the obstacles, Zatanna is able to stay alive long enough to figure out a plan while taking out a few of the red-robed goons on the process. Of course, what does save her in the end is a small, wound healing potion which heals her throat, allowing her to use her spells to bring the dogmatic boneheads down. But everything leading up to her inevitable win was all brains and stealth, nothing more.
Jamal Igle is fantastic! He draws some of the most expressive faces on characters, (right after Amanda Conner) and creates actions scenes that are so vibrant and colorful that I can’t help but stare at each panel in awe.
Zatanna is fun and has been since issue #1. The thing I love most about this title is its new reader accessibility. As long as you know Zatanna uses spells and wears fish-net stockings, you should be good to go. The jumping on points with this title are numerous, and there’s only been 15 issues! If this series wasn’t going to end next month, I would recommend to everyone that THIS specific issue would have been a great jumping on point for new readers. But alas… Oh well, it’s still a fun comic and you wouldn’t be wasting your $2.99 (and some tax) on this issue.
9 out of 10 stars