REVIEW: Black Canary & Zatanna: Bloodspell – lady magic | FanboysInc

REVIEW: Black Canary & Zatanna: Bloodspell – lady magic

By Mai "tattoogirlreads" Byers

Paul Dini (writer) / Joe Quinones (artist)

DC Comics Hardback


BCZ-Cover Black Canary and Zatanna team of for a screamy, backwards magic good time. When you purchase this book, know what you’re getting out of it. It’s a light, fluffy read and I really only recommend it to those of you who are Big Zatanna and Canary fans. (like me).

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It’s an easy-going tale, about how Canary has to ask her friend of long time for help because she was duped into swearing a bloodspell while foiling evil Tina’s plans. The whole story is about how Canary and Zatanna have to break the spell before Tina’s body-hopping ghost gets Canary.

I enjoyed it well enough, especially the flashbacks with the many looks of Zatanna, but my favorite part was the art. I personally enjoy seeing the women of DC and Marvel look like they have some muscles. You can even tell from the cover that the two girls look really strong. They have big thighs and they aren’t sticks with just butts and boobs (like so many comic girls we see). To me, they way there are shaped is fitting for someone who has to exercise enough to fight crime. Right now with #yesallwomen and the hubbub over the DC Bombshell covers I think it’s nice to see tough chicks that actually look tough. I know that someone is going to say that the overly sexualized females are the same thing as the overly fit males of the comic book universe. Honestly, it’s not. If I worked out as much as Batman I’d have brand new muscles that no one had ever seen before pop up. Heck, I’d name them.

Truly though, Joe Quinones stole the show from Paul Dini. While he’s one of my long time favorite writers, he just can’t write women right it seems. I cannot think of one lady who would write a scene where the two badass chicks went fishnet stocking shopping together. Seriously? If I wrote it, I’d make a crack about it but that would be as far as it goes. I feel like every female who read that part rolled their eyes when they got too it.

So check it out if you like these babes, leave it alone if you’re indifferent.

Verdict: 7/10

Mai "tattoogirlreads" Byers

In the real world Tattoogirl is known as Mai Byers and is a store manager at a video game store. She loves all things nerdy but has only recently gotten interested in the American comic book scene. She writes the column Point of Entry and reviews books and comics incessantly. It's not just a clever name, she has 31 tattoos.

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