Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Fishnets of Fury

Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell: written by Paul Dini; illustrated by Joe Quinones (2014): Zippy fun written by Paul Dini, best known for his work on Batman: The Animated Series. Joe Quinones' artwork is clean and sharp, a perfect complement to Dini's mostly old-school script. The entire reason for a team-up of Black Canary and Zatanna is that they're the DC Universe's most prominent fishnet-stocking-wearing super-heroines. Seriously. Dini forges a long-standing friendship for them that predates their fishnets and sets them against a magical threat that has ensnared Black Canary.

This is the sort of graphic novel that should be a mainstream comic book -- it's breezy, fun, and well-executed. And its protagonists and antagonists are pretty much entirely female. There's a certain amount of backstory that could have been included to make things a bit more clear to non-fans, but for the most part this is a superior old-school superhero comic with new-school empowered female protagonists. Includes Dini's series proposal and entire script (!) along with small reproductions of the pencils for every page (!!!) and character designs by Quinones. Recommended.

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