Review: New Talent Showcase 2018 – “Zatanna: Sleight of Hand”

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Ryan Cady

Artist: Isaac Goodhart

Colors: Cris Peter

Letters: Gabriela Downie

 

Summary

After receiving various letters addressed to her father, Zatanna travels to Italy to help a small village honor the traditions of a monstrous curse.

 

Positives

This was an incredibly fun story to read, and for a short story, we certainly did get to see quite of bit of Zatanna’s personality and showmanship. Even against all odds, and with everything on the line, including her own life, she still finds a way to be the entertainer and put on a show. Ryan Cady did a great job in not only showcasing Zatanna’s roots of being a performer, but also by finding her personality in such a few pages, and was able to incorporate it into a fun story full of heroism, magic, and intrigue.

The story with the village dealing with a centuries long curse may have not been completely original, but the idea of it being for mere entertainment for blood thirsty monsters certainly was. The story itself flowed very well, with good dialogue. You knew some how Zatanna was going to find a way to win the day, but the way in which she did it was pretty creative.

The artwork, although wasn’t the best I have seen in a comic, was certainly still very good. Great facial expressions and smooth lines throughout the entire story, and very consistent.

 

Negatives

Colors on the pages were a bit washed out. Could have been brighter.

Verdict

A fun and entertaining story for sure, and especially one that should make any die hard Zatanna Zatara fans out there very happy.

 

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Danny Saab

Writer and producer of DC fan films Girl of Steel and Batgirl Rises. Started reading monthly comics 5 years ago and never looked back. Sheer and absolute allegiance to the greatest hero that ever lived, Supergirl.