Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Review: Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell by Paul Dini, Joe Quinones (Illustrations)

Release Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: DC Comics
Source: NetGalley
Author Links:  Goodreads | Website

Black Canary. Zatanna Zatara. Two of the DC Universe's brightest stars join forces to combat a deadly new threat-a chilling supernatural foe that preys on their weaknesses and unleashes their awesome powers against each other.

A year ago, Black Canary infiltrated a gang of female criminals set to pull a dangerous heist at a Las Vegas casino. Its leader was skilled in hand-to-hand combat and with more than a passing interest in the occult, specifically black magic, one nasty customer. Rather than be taken by Canary or the law, she went to her death, vowing she would get revenge on Canary and her own former gang members. Now, a year to the day later, death stalks those gang members, and Canary must turn to her friend Zatanna to help investigate.

See the cover art?
Well, that's the same thing you can expect on the inside.
Personally, I thought it looked goofy and overly cartoonish. So. Yeah, I was not a fan of what my eyeballs had to endure.
Does anyone else think the cover makes Black Canary look like an angry Glenn Close crossed with an even angrier Kathleen Turner?

So how was the story?
It was readable, but just barely. The saving grace of the story came from a Dinah's interactions with Ollie. There was an easygoing humor between the two characters that made me wish this this had been a Black Canary & Green Arrow title.
Alas, it was not meant to be...
I was initially attracted to this one because of Zatanna. I've become more interested in her after reading volume two of Justice League Dark, which I thought kicked ass.
Yeah, yeah. A lot of you thought it sucked.
Anyway. This didn't really scratch my Zatanna itch. It was more of a silly Grrl Power! book, complete with the requisite Bond-While-They-Shop scene. And who can forget the part where Zatanna turns the Rude Guys into fish for making comments about their fishnet stocking?!
Ah, good times, good times...
Sorry. I couldn't work up any righteous anger over that one. More than likely it was because I was mentally asking myself why they were wandering around the mall in fishnet stockings to begin with. While I firmly believe that you should be able to wear whatever you want to wear...fishnet stockings?
Those babies are a part the universal ensemble for hookers everywhere. Throw in a pair of clear heels, and you've pretty much got the entire uniform.
Aaaaand....you know I'm right.

The main story is about Canary needing Zatanna's help to get rid of a vengeful ghost. The she-devil placed a bloodspell on Dinah during an undercover operation she went on years ago.
Not exactly an inspired plot, but it wasn't awful, either.
Throughout the volume we get lots of flashbacks that show how the two originally crossed paths, and then eventually formed a friendship over the years.
Naturally, they didn't like each other when they first met.
On a Himalayan mountain.
Which Black Canary was climbing.
In inappropriate winter attire...
I've seen the pictures of people who climb Mt Everest. Parkas, goggles, and frozen mustaches are the main theme in all of them. It gets a bit chilly, after all.
Poor Canary didn't even have a hat on! Nope. Sweatpants, a hoodie (but she doesn't evidently need the hood ), and a tank top.
Although, you really wouldn't have been able to get a good look at her jugs if she had been wearing a snowsuit. So, I think it turned out to be a pretty good judgement call on the part of the artist.

In the end, I'd say this was a mildly entertaining team-up story. It's not the worst thing out there, and if you're just looking for something to pass the time with, then this would do quite well for a breezy afternoon read.

Dear writers and artists of graphic novels,
There are a lot of gals out there (like me) who love comic books. On the whole, we tend to overlook fuckloads of stupid shit because of the fact that we're fans of the medium. 
Rabid fans.
Rabid fans who occasionally get PMS and teeter on the edge... 
Are you getting where I'm going with this, jackass?
I don't want to see Captain America climbing a mountain in a speedo. I don't want to see Wolverine fighting in short-shorts. And I don't want Superman's unitard to be so tight that I can see his nutsack. So it goes to figure, that I REALLY don't want to share my love of comics with my two little girls when the heroine looks like her name should be Super-Skank.
Straighten up!


Addicted2Heroines said...

Sounds like this one is more about making little boy's fantasies come true and less about appealing to a broader audience. They should have just let her mountain climb in the fishnets. That way we could check out her jugs AND her super sexy legs.


Apparently so. The funny this is, most of the guys I know who read comics aren't fans of this kind of stuff, either. Or maybe they're just lying to me, so that they don't have to listen to me girl-rage? Hmmm.

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