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Zatanna #13 Review

Written by TheGeek on Friday, May 20 2011 and posted in Reviews

Paul Dini returns! Brother Night's got Zatanna in his sights! TheGeek reviews Zatanna #13!

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Credits & Solicit Info:

Satanic sorcerer Brother Night lost his magical powers when Zatanna defeated him atop Mount Diablo. But in prison, he's forged a bloody pact that could make him the most dangerous nemesis she's ever faced! Last time, her friends barely escaped with their lives; this time, they might not be so lucky!

Written by PAUL DINI

Size: 32 Pages

Price: $2.99


Paul Dini returns to his rightful place as writer of Zatanna in Zatanna #13, and just in time! Brother Night is building up strength for his revenge against Zatanna, who might just be in the sights of a certain embodiment of the Wrath of God!

The first thing you notice is how meaty this book is. Dini makes good use of what limited space he had to tell the story he wanted. You would never have thought this was just 20 pages of story. And speaking of story, there's a lot to digest here, with Dini laying down a lot of interesting plot points, like the revelation of Colton's true nature and The Spectre's foreboding presence in Zatanna's future.

Misdirection is part and parcel of a magician's arsenal, and I love how Dini uses it as an underlying theme throughout the book. Every story beat gives you the feeling you get when you're watching a skilled magician do card tricks; there's more to it than your eyes can see. But like any good magician's "mark", you appreciate the skill it took to mesmerize you like that, and you're in it for the long haul.

If there's anybody still doubting Brother Night's capacity as a villain, they need not look further than Zatanna #13. Dini paints a gruesome and effective picture of Night as a legitimate threat, and here's hoping he doesn't go down as easily as the last time he and Zatanna exchanged mystical blows (way back in Zatanna #3). Though I do question the logic of Brother Night being held in a normal prison instead of a metahuman one...those budget cuts must be hell!

The art is Jamal Igle's usual best, only made better by the fact that Igle seems to be capable of rendering anything. Be it people, buildings or even cats, Igle draws the heck out of all of them with a dynamic flourish that just adds to the story's awesomeness.

13 is mostly known as an unlucky number, but Zatanna #13 is anything but an unlucky pull in your comics list. Good story, great art, just an all-around great issue. More like this, please.

Review by: TheGeek

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