Today’s Super Comic — Zatanna #1 (2010)

Zatanna 1Zatanna is a fantastic character, and so far, no writer has demonstrated a better handle on what makes her great than Paul Dini.

It’s a shame that Dini’s ongoing Zatanna series didn’t last long, but what exists remains an enjoyable read. In this first issue, he not only begins establishing a supporting cast for her, but he also contrasts her against the dark, disturbing world of magic. She’s the lighthearted professional stage magician giving magic a friendly face, but she also serves as a formidable protector against supernatural threats. She takes her work seriously, but she’s not overly serious as she completes that work.

That’s exactly the right approach. Dark and brooding does not suit Zatanna. She’s the ray of light in the darkness, not the darkness itself.

Given her occupation as an entertainer, Zatanna should be one of the most charismatic and fun superheroes around. Whenever Dini writes her, she often is.

Writer: Paul Dini

Artist: Stephane Roux

Publisher: DC Comics

How to Read It: back issues; Comixology; Zatanna: Mistress of Magic (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 12 and up