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Zatanna by Paul Dini

(Zatanna 0-2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  348 ratings  ·  52 reviews
The enchanting Zatanna Zatara has the hottest stage act in Las Vegas. And unlike the parlor tricks peddled by other would-be Houdinis around town, Zatanna’s magic is no illusion. It’s real. The dazzling Mistress of Magic can warp reality with just a few backwards words.

But the supernatural is powerful…and in the wrong hands, it’s deadly. So when mystical menaces start
Paperback, 440 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by DC Comics
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Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Sorry! You know it's impossible to write about Zatanna without something being backward. But it's out of my system now.


This is the only solo Zatanna comic I've ever read, but it's not for lack of wanting to catch up on this character. Usually, she's featured as part of a larger group or even somewhat rarely as the other half of a two-person team-up. But her own title?
Not so much.
So, this was quite a treat!


As you can see from the images, there were
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2018
This review isn't going to be fair to Zatanna, and I don't mean for that. But the main thing I got out of this omnibus is that Zatanna is terrible at relationships, and has the magical defenses of a drunk squirrel.

I don't understand how she is still alive if she manages to fail like she does in this volume. But then she's also super powerful and could just murder anyone she wanted to.. until she can't? It's not real clear what her power limits are, which is fine, all told. That's pretty
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This collection is a mixed bag. Some of the stories are good, and some or not. Most of these stories are written by Paul Dini, but not all of them are, and the worst ones tend to be those by other authors. First, the positives, There's one story with art by Cliff Chiang about a creepy marionette that is really good. It delves into Zatanna's past, her relationship with her father, and her trusting nature. I thought the art on this story was the best as it gave the story a sense of gravity. The ...more
Jamie Connolly
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Meh. It was ok. I was expecting more though if I’m being honest. 4 stars. For effort.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have a soft spot for Zatanna. She is one of my favourite characters and unfortunately not often featured.

The omnibus gives the reader a chance to take a peak into Zatanna's everyday life. How she lives, her connections with her closest friends and just a touch of back story.

It is clear that Paul Dini is passionate about this character. He brings spirit, fun, and of course, magic to his writing, creating a fun and entertaining read.
I really love Zatanna but this series is just average. Not bad, but not great either.

It would've been great if there weren't about 10 different artists on this run because it made the art feel very inconsistent. And most of the art styles were nothing to write home about. I wish all of the issues were done by Cliff Chiang, his art was interesting and nice too look at and also didn't objectify the main character.

The same goes for the writers, I didn't get the reason behind the random one-off
Jacqueline O.
I have always liked the character of Zatanna, DC Comics backwards-speaking magician. I first encountered the character back in the late 1980s/early 1990s in the pages of Justice League International (later Justice League America). Zatanna was one of many prominent female heroes in the Justice League, and she was considered powerful because her spells (spoken backwards) could change reality itself. Later Zatanna was a regular in New 52's Justice League Dark and a frequent guest in Constantine. ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nuf daer! This is a collection of the all too brief time that a frequent guest star to assorted DC comics titles got her own title. Zatanna is a real sorceress who works as a Vegas stage magician. She casts her spells by speaking them in English, but backwards. There are some great stories here, especially those penned by Paul Dini, creator of Batman the Animated Series and co-creator of Harley Quinn. The art quality varies quite a bit as different artists moved in and out of the series. Sadly, ...more
Z.S. Diamanti
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Admittedly, I blazed through this. It is definitely not appropriate for youngsters with the more mature content inside, but it is entertaining.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc
I love Zatanna! She is always a highlight for me whenever she appears in other books. I had had already read half of this a while ago and was very excited to find out the whole run was getting reprinted and it didn’t disappoint! This was great. The character is a lot of fun to read. The stories were mostly very entertaining. My favourite story was the one with the marionettes . Artwork was mostly great too - hard to pick who was my favourite artist in this. I had a great time reading this. It’s ...more
Fiona Titchenell
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Basics:

By day, Zatanna is a legendary Vegas stage magician. By night, she uses her vast and very real magical abilities to keep the world safe from all manner of demonic and dark mystical harm. Wait… I’m pretty sure the stage magic happens at night too.

The Downside:

Most of the time, Zatanna’s that character other heroes call upon for a special occasion magic-based issue or episode. She shows up, dazzles with her extraordinary power and charming sense of whimsy, and leaves the audience
Joshua Dancer
Dec 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I want stories explaining what exactly the rules of magic are (since rules only seem to exist when they get Zatanna out of trouble), why Zatanna dresses like a magician's assistant, and why is she so judgmental/hateful of other women - especially ones as scantily-clad as she is. (view spoiler)
I'd recommend The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, or All-New Wolverine instead. They're not perfect, but
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
For you giant dorks who don’t even know a lot about B-level DC Comics heroes, Zatanna Zatara is a very cool magician descended from a long line of magicians. By night, she performs stage shows in Vegas, San Francisco, and all over the world. By…later in night, she fights crime, often of the paranormal variety. You got problems with demons escaped from hell or inter-dimensional monsters? Z’s your girl.

As always, my favorite version of this particular DC character is written by the great Paul
John Mendiola
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tahw A Taerg Koob

This is my first time reading anything about Zatanna but have been interested in the mystical side of super heroes. They always seem to exist in their own universe like Justice League Dark and so I thought I'd dip my toe into this collection.

The collection is pretty random. I've been buying collections of consecutive issues but this was a collection of loosely related issues. Brother Night showed up multiple times which I wasn't sure if thst meant that he was Zatanna's main
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-read
I have a deep love of Zatanna’s character and this compendium is really one of the best works available for her (outside of DC Bombshells though that’s an AU). As a compendium, we’re stuck with somewhat hit and miss storytelling and art. Some stories are amazing, others not so much with their very male-gaze panels of Z’s outfit and some just eye-roll worthy writing. Throughout this though (cause I did expect all that considering the original run date of these comics and the problems endemic to ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a weird book, yet somehow it works! It’s definitely Paul Dini, and if you’re not familiar with his work then please look him up, but basically he’s the co-creator of Harley Quinn and the writer and producer of so many great shows from the 90’s!
This book gives us so much of Zatanna, way more than we ever really needed-we learn about her family, failed relationships, her showbiz life, her lack of sleep, and her hero life! Some of it is very “poppy” and feels like it’s written for teenage
Hannah Stubbs
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing collection and anyone who likes Zatanna even a little bit should definitely read this. It's everything you want from a series about magic and has just enough spookiness and humour to keep you hooked. It's really sad that this run ended before Dini got the chance to write the big confrontation the series leads up to - but I think the New 52 is to blame for that (smh).

Paul Dini's writing is phenomenal (but what else can you expect). The artwork is beautiful and very theme
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books
You gotta love it when the understudy goes on! Or when the subs come off the bench! Or...well, you get the idea. An unfairly neglected DC character gets her chance to shine. Great because it requires no previous knowledge of DC continuity to understand, and also because, unlike so many comics, it's FUN. I mean, she wears fishnets and talks backwards to cast spells. It's an inherently ridiculous conceit, and Dini does a great job of making the stories feel playful without making the character ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I previously read the first volume in this collection I rated it 5/5. . . . I have to say the first volume (which is basically the first half of this omnibus) is much better than the whole. The second half/volume is less cohesive and more single stories, where the first half at least had one continuing thread or baddie in the background. But, overall this was still fun and I like Zatanna and hope to see more of her titles in the future (maybe Bendis now that he's at DC. . . . do a Jessica ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-on-kindle
Good read of an interesting character. Typical superhero comic where it is more about the action and events than character studies. There was a sense of who Zatanna was in her day to day life and why she keeps herself busy. This volume does not include how she got to where she is but things from her history show up in it. I have only known a little about Zatanna but I didn't feel like I was missing anything I needed in order to understand the story. Although it did make me interested in reading ...more
James Ingraham
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Quite a few issues in one book. Generally funny, with some serious parts. Not recommended for young children; I'd say around age 10 is good. There's a multi-part story that isn't wrapped up in this volume, but I didn't feel cheated or anything. I'm not terribly familiar with Zatanna, and I felt this was a good introduction without too much hand holding. All in all a good read.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had been waiting for this collection for quite a while. The individual issues are as hard to track down as the stories were compelling. Overall, this collection was every bit as good as I hoped it would be but Zatanna: Everyday Magic which opens this collection is unnecisarily adult themed. Zatanna is a sexual character, she wears fishnets 365 days a year for crying out loud, so really less would really be more and in the regular series that makes up the rest of this collection Paul Dini ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Paul Dini lavishes a great deal of care onto DC's resident magician and the stories are all pretty entertaining. Showing the dichotomy between Zatanna having magical abilities but still struggling in her personal life was a good source of drama and heart. The art by various artists was all serviceable but nothing blew my mind in particular. The latter part of the book with stories by other creators was enjoyable as well.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic, favorites, comics, dc
A great collection of Zatanna stories by the fabulous Paul Dini. It's nice to read something that let's Zatanna shine on her own instead of in a team or just a helper in an issue. She's such a great character! The art is beautiful. I would love to see the final resolution with Brother Night and Detective Colton.
beth ♡
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
a great insight into the personality of zatanna. after being so used to seeing her in team dynamics, it was nice to just have the focus on her, and see how she deals with her day to day life being a magician and a superhero. this was a fun, light hearted ride, and it was what made me regard the mistress of magic as one of favourite dc characters.
Lindsay Heller
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: super-hero, graphic, 2017, dc
Well. I finally finished this, it felt like it took forever but that's sort of okat because I got to spend more time with Zatanna, who is bad ass and oh so amusing. This was an omnibus and felt like one. A few threads, mostly to do with Brother Night, were left hanging. But overall this was a great collection full of fun stories.
Luca Nemeskéri
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Easily one of my favorite comic series of all time

Zatanna is my favorite DC hero, so it was good to see her shine in her own terms.

Some of the stories were really creative, and I really loved, that we could see more of Zee as a stage magician.
Zachary was a great addition too.

Enoyreve daer siht seires!

TJ Combs
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dini is impeccable here. I'll remember these characters. The world that's built in this run is Lovecraftian and richly detailed. It is genuinely funny. Dini's work here makes me wish Zatanna had more comics as a central character. I was sad when it ended.
Bryan Miller
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
An uneven but largely enjoyable collection of the Zatanna comics run. Is it me or did the Brother Night storyline not resolve satisfactorily before the book's end? Whatever. It's Zatanna. It's fun w/fishnets and magic!
Danielle  Lucas
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This was a great collection. It is huge!! SO give yourself extra time to read it. The art and stories are fantastic, especially if you already love Zatanna, but also great if your picking up this book to discover her. Being able to read backwards is a must to read any of her spells, FYI!
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Paul Dini is an American television producer of animated cartoons. He is best known as a producer and writer for several Warner Bros./DC Comics series, including Star Wars: Ewoks, Tiny Toon Adventures, Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman/Superman Adventures, Batman Beyond and Duck Dodgers. He also developed and scripted Krypto the Superdog and contributed ...more

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