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Zatanna #12 Review

Written by TheGeek on Monday, April 25 2011 and posted in Reviews

TheGeek reviews Zatanna #12

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Cover by AMANDA CONNERZatanna's seen her share of strange magical artifacts - though a sword that cuts backwards through time is a new one, that's for sure! A rowdy roughneck named Backslash is using that very sword - and an enslaved fairy - to cut a bloody path through her beloved San Francisco, but how can she stop him when he can undo any attack with a mere wave of his hand? Featuring a crackling script by guest writer Matthew Sturges and art by original series artist Stephane Roux!


Zatanna's got a way with words. She should, because her power lies in her ability to speak backwards. But when a bad guy with the power to rewind time comes looking for trouble here in Zatanna #12, the Princess of Prestidigitation's gonna need more than words to stop him!

Matthew Sturges treats us to a done-in-one that takes Zatanna's particular spell-casting quirk and turns it on its head with the arrival of Backslash, a British git with a sword that can turn back time. Everything Zatanna says backwards just turns back to normal, so when you're Zatanna and you've got a sword-swinging lunatic in your face, that might be a problem. Sturges' solution to this is a brilliant one, and it demonstrates Zatanna's prowess as a magician AND wordsmith.

It's always fun to see new characters appear in books, as most mainstream comics are afraid of them. The introduction of Backslash in this issue harkens me back to a simpler time in comics when a new villain popped up every other day. It's that sort of excitement, creativity and willingness to experiment that comic books need right now, and for such an unlikeable bastard Backslash nonetheless just earned a place in my heart, at least for a while.

Stephane Roux comes back for another shot at art duties, and he was sorely missed. His Zatanna is vibrant, his action polished, and his attention to detail is worth noticing. When Zatanna sings praises for San Francisco, Roux treats us to a bird's eye view of the city in all its glory, and you can't help but love what Zatanna loves about it.

Bottom line, Zatanna #12 is fun, easy reading. We need more comics like this.

Review by: TheGeek

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