GLX reviews Zatanna #3.
Writer - Paul DIni
Artist - Stephane Roux
Colorist - John Kalisz
When a Zatanna series was announced with Paul Dini as the writer, I was stoked. The first two issues met my expectations that I had for the series. Zatanna #3 continues to maintain the quality of the first 2 issues.
Paul Dini continues to show a great understanding of Zatanna. She's a powerful, intelligent, yet caring woman who tries to do the right thing. There is a mind-manipulation moment within the comic, but fans that hated her actions in Identity Crisis should not worry. Instead of using her magic to hide the truth and keep a villain from facing justice, her actions free innocent souls and bring a wicked man to justice. There are some minor flaws in Dini's writing, but they don't hinder the story's strengths.
Stephane Roux's art is easy on the eyes. His style is cartoon-esque, yet it fits the mood of the story. There's an attention to detail that makes things work. Before, during and after Zatanna's battle with Brother Night, Roux keeps the look and feel of the characters consistent with the events of the comic. There are also some great visual effects that were definitely helped by John Kalisz's colors. Kalisz's work handling of the heavily dark scenes is sharp, though I think he could've handled the well-lit scenes a bit better.
Zatanna #3 is a great finish to the short storyline that started with issue #1; however, there are some concerns that I have for the future. Roux will not be handling the art duties for at least 3 issues. He's set a high artistic standard and I'm hoping that Chad Hardin and Yanick Paquette can handle the challenge. I'm also concerned with Paul Dini's writing schedule. From what I've seen of his DC work, he tends to drop in and out of his main titles. Hopefully, the future of this title will be as great as the first 3 issues.
8* out of 10*
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