There are some who may not know Paul Dini by name but if you were a kid in the 90s and a fan of Batman then you've definitely seen his work on Batman the Animated Series. In this new graphic novel, Dini and artist Joe Quinones deliver a supernatural and fun story that refreshingly feels like something out of an old Batman Animated series or Justice League Unlimited episode. We've got a spoiler free review of the new "Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell" graphic novel for you below.
For this graphic novel Black Canary and Zatanna team up against a female criminal Canary had faced before with leanings towards black magic during their last fatal encounter. Little do they know, that villain isn't really dead and is somehow back to exact revenge on those that brough her down a year ago. Who else can Canary turn to but her longtime friend and magic extraorinare, Zatanna.
Some readers may know the Black Canary (or a version of her) from The CW's Arrow. For longtime readers of DC Comics, this title takes place outside of current DC Comics continuity and also appears to be pre-New 52. Canary sports her old fishnet and leather jacket ensemble and there's even a scene with Green Arrow where we see the Emerald Archer with his old goatee and mustache.
It's always fun to see first encounters between characters that come off the page as having been old friends, that's exactly how the book starts off. Zatanna and Canary meet for the first time with Zatanna practicing the finer points of speaking backwards magic while Canary practices Tai Chi. The dialogue is quick, witty, and fun while the Quinones' art complements both the playful scenes as well as does a really great job accenting the right portions of action scenes.
This graphic novel will be over before you know it, at roughly 140 pages it's a quick read but I've never been one to hold that against books. The story is concise, at no point drags, and leaves me wishing this was an ongoing monthly comic book. For old DC fans who miss Pre-New 52 Canary and Zatanna or for comic books readers looking for a supernatural and fun book, add this one to your list.