Today’s Super Comics — Detective Comics #843-844 (2008)

Detective Comics 843Since I reviewed Paul Dini’s first Batman/Zatanna Detective Comics two-parter the other day, let’s check in on the other one, from #834 and 844.

While I’m partial to the first story, this follow-up is also strong and features a great villain, the new Ventriloquist, who happens to be someone Bruce Wayne knew a while back. The story also explores the friendship between Batman and Zatanna and what other potential might exist, but of course we know they’re not going to embark on any real romantic relationship…because he’s Batman.

A magical girlfriend would certainly change the entire dynamic of Batman’s dark, brooding, and hardly supernatural world. But Zatanna does make a terrific guest star, lightening up the proceedings and humanizing the protagonist a bit more.

Dini should just write something like a six-part Batman/Zatanna miniseries. I have no doubt it would turn out great.

Writer: Paul Dini

Penciler: Dustin Nguyen

Inker: Derek Fridolfs

Publisher: DC Comics

How to Read It: back issues; Comixology; included in Batman: Private Casebook (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 12 and up