Zatanna 10-16

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Zatanna (Volume 2) #10
Written by Paul Dini
Art by Cliff Chiang

In this issue, Zatanna makes the incredibly naieve mistake of not thinking a talking Ventriloquist Doll was not a psychotic killer. I assume all ventriloquist dolls are psychopaths unless proven otherwise. Anyways, Oscar reverses the spell and now Zatanna is the doll. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.

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Written by Paul Dini
Art by Jamal Igle

In this issue Zatanna has been stuck as a doll for a month and is saved by her – friend? – Mikey who I can’t remember who she is but I guess she is a member of Zatanna’s supporting cast. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed the artwork. I love that there is a therapist just for magicians.

 

 

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Written by Matthew Sturges
Art by Stephane Roux

Matthew Sturges takes over writing for this issue alone. I like how he emphasizes the magic of San Francisco and all of its magical secrets. In this issue, she fights a villain named backslash who is really just a trashy uneducated magical fool who thinks he can kill whoever he wants and that makes him kinda scary. I love how Zatanna uses Palindromes to fight him. That’s brilliant. Zatanna even meets a new fairy friend. This was a great one and done issue.

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Written by Paul Dini
Art by Jamal Igle

In this issue a mystical cat appears to Zatanna and gives her a vision of a future encounter with the Spectre. Zatanna goes to see the Spectre to ask him about this in a rather amusing scene. Meanwhile, Brother Night escapes from prison. He sure is a terrible villain and I like how Dini has built him up in this series as Zatanna’s primary foe. Meanwhile, in the end we find out the detective is actually Brother Night’s son! I enjoyed this a lot. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.

 

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Written by Adam Beechen
Art by Jamal Igle and Travis Moore

What is going on? What happened to the story arc Paul Dini started. Now Adam Beechen is guest writing the title and nothing from the previous issue is even mentioned. This was clearly filler. It was just about Zatanna fighting a succubus who takes over her cousin Zachary and it was well-written and everything but it was definitely filler and I was looking forward to the story arc with Brother Night.

 

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Written by Derek Fridolfs
Art by Jamal Igle

Ok I am getting really pissed off. The storyline that Dini was building to was really great. This was another one and done issue from a different write that was only ok. What the hell? Did Dini quit? Why was this storyline just abandoned. Come on DC!

 

 

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Zatanna (Volume 2) #16
Written by Adam Beechen
Art by Victor Ibanez

This is the final issue of this series and everything that Dini was building to I guess will never be resolved. Very disappointing and pathetic on DC’s part. Even though this was a well written story and it had great art I, and I am sure most regular readers of this series too, wanted to see Dini end his story. So sad.

Teen Titans 94 – 100

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Teen Titans (Volume 3) #94
Written by J.T Krul
Art by Nicola Scott

Damn I love Nicola Scott’s art. This story is very refreshing. We haven’t seen much of the Hindu Gods in the DC Universe and it is fun to explore the Ramayana here. J.T. is really good at the characterization of each Titan and Nicola Scott’s art shows their moods and relationships to each other. This is great!

 

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Written by J.T Krul
Art by Nicola Scott

Nicola Scott really draws Superboy with some beefcake. I can’t say that I mind. The demons in this issue were creepy especially the one impersonating Ravager. This was another great issue of Teen Titans.

 

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Teen Titans (Volume 3) #96
Written by J.T Krul
Art by Jose Luis

I missed Nicola Scott in this issue but Jose Luis did a good job as a subsitute. Solstice angering Raven is interesting and I wonder why. Looking forward to seeing the team beat Rankor.

 

 

 

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Written by J.T Krul
Art by Nicola Scott

Rankor is defeated mainly by Solstic who officially joins the Teen Titans at the end of this issue. Great to have Nicola Scott back for this fun adventure. I am sad there are only 3 more issues left of the Teen Titans before the New 52.

 

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Teen Titans (Volume 3) #98
Written by J.T Krul
Art by Eduardo Pansica

Kid Flash’s virtual reality session showed in this issue that J.T. Krul had studies the history of these characters. Great use of continuity throughout this issue where Superboy-Prime has gathered together a team of villains with personal connections to the Titans. I don’t understand why Indigo is a member though. Although she was sometimes evil, she did end up dying a hero. I really liked her relationship with Shift back in those days. I wonder if they will explain what she is doing back.The ending was great to see the old Superboy costumes appear brought me back to the Young Justice days. Pansica’s art was great I almost thought it was Nicola Scott doing the drawing. Someone in the letter columns mentions that they think Cassandra Cain should be the new Nightwing! That is a cool idea.

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Teen Titans (Volume 3) #99
Written by J.T Krul
Art by Jose Luis

The ending of this book almost seems like something that could fit in this month’s Rebirth. “Legacies last for ever.” The final splash page of Titans past was so exciting! I wonder who this new Inertia is. Indigo is not acting like herself at all. I wish that was being explained. I actually forgot Supergirl was a Titan in the past. She has been thrown in with so many teams since her debut. It is always good to see Miss Martian and Argent.

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Teen Titans (Volume 3) #100
Written by J.T Krul
Art by Nicola Scott

Nicola Scott draws Argent with a completely different costume than Jose Luis did in the previous issue. Come on editors should catch that stuff. Otherwise this was a superb final issue for this volume of the Teen Titans. I loved every page of it. J.T. Krul should come back to these characters again someday. I am so glad that Rebirth will be restoring the Titans history but it remains to be seen if this part will be restored. It needs to be.

 

 

Powerful

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Zatanna (Volume 2) #6
Written by Paul Dini
Art by Jesus Saiz

Just how powerful is Zatanna anyways? In this issue she turns a man’s soul into an inanimate object? That is God-like Spectre powers there right? Anyways, good issue I liked it a lot. What happened to the regular artist though? Dini developed the relationship between Zachary Zatara and his cousin really well here too and I hope he stays a part of this book.

Lost At Sea

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Teen Titans (Volume 3) #87
Written by Felecia D. Henderson
Art by Jose Luis
Co-Feature by Rex Ogle
Art by Ted Naifeh

 

Felecia D. Henderson ends her run on the book as the team defeats the Wyld and is left significantly smaller in the wake of Aquagirl and Bombshell being lost at sea (I liked them both and I am sad to see them gone from the team), Static left powerless and returning to Dakota, and Miss Martian in recovery. I was worried that Dc was going to kill them off so I am glad to see them all being given better reasons to leave the team then death. Miss Martian and Aquagirl both play a role in Brightest Day so we know they will be okay. As much flack as Henderson gets for her run, she vastly improved during her year on this book and you got to give her credit for that. I look forward to see what her Static ongoing will be like. The coven of three back-up ended with a team actually forming, but the three of them secretly very angry with each other or being liars. At least that wasn’t what I was expecting. I hope to see more about this coven in the future.

Mystic Roofie

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Zatanna (Volume 2) #5
Written by Paul Dini
Art by Chad Hardin

 

How does Dini keep telling compelling stories about Zatanna? A character so powerful I don’t know how anyone tells stories about her but Dini tells great ones. In this issue Zatanna is given a love potion so that the Las Vegas club owner guy can sell her soul to the devil – I like how Zatanna refers to it as a “Mystic Roofie” haha. The best parts of this issue are the moments between Zachary and Zatanna as they discuss their history and how very often Zach has been hurt by his older cousin who never comes to his shows. Great relationship development between two characters who we never really have seen interacting before this series…it was about time.

Thought Bubbles

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Teen Titans (Volume 3) #86
Written by Felecia D. Henderson
Art by Jose Luis
Co-Feature by Rex Ogle
Art by Ted Naifeh

More awkward dialogue from Henderson here but she has certainly improved a lot. It is nice to see the use of though bubbles in a comic too. I have no idea what is going on with Dr. Barnes but I am intriqued and I am hoping that Bombshell and Aquagirl will be okay.  The back-up was still good as the trio ends up in hell. I liked the mention of Kid Devil…it seems like the Titans have forgotten they recently lost a dear friend and member of the team but Zachary Zatara certainly hasn’t. Although I wonder what he meant about Eddie’s soul.

Vegas Magic

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Zatanna (Volume 2) #4
Written by Paul Dini
Art by Chad Hardin

Zatannna travels to Las Vegas and meets up with her cousin and a strange billionaire with a talking picture. In the end, she gets attacked by some crazy fire demons. Gotta love this book! Hardin was also a perfect fill-in artist as I liked his art a lot and it works nicely here. I don’t know why Dini has not been writing Gotham City Sirens lately, but at least this book is Dini-rific. I look forward to seeing more of Zachary Zatara as he makes a great sidekick to Zatanna.