Zatanna: Bring Down The House #1

Zatanna: Bring Down The House #1

Illustrated by: Javier Rodríguez

Written by: Mariko Tamaki

Release date: June 26th, 2024

DC Comics

*Minor Spoilers Ahead

AN ALL-NEW DC BLACK LABEL SERIES FROM EISNER-WINNING WRITER MARIKO TAMAKI AND ARTIST JAVIER RODRÍGUEZ! And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… please put your hands together for Zatanna Zatara! The greatest entertainer in the crappiest hotel and casino of Las Vegas! Not that the ritzier spots on the Strip haven’t come calling, of course. But since a devastating instance of magic gone wrong that forever changed the course of her childhood, Zatanna would much rather live out her days as a top-hat-and-fishnets-wearing sleight-of-hand stage act than bother with real magic. These days, she doesn’t think much of the past at all. That is, until an interdimensional vortex cracks open during Zatanna’s act, and a terrifying demon crawls out to kill her. If she hopes to survive the horrors that follow it, she’ll need to take herself and her power seriously for the first time in a long time — and fast. Because when it comes to your past, you can run… but you can’t hide forever!

“Zatanna: Bring Down The House #1” marks an impressive beginning for Zatanna’s new solo series. Written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Javier Rodríguez, this DC Black Label issue sets the stage with flair and intrigue.

Zatanna Zatara, once a dazzling magician, now performs in one of Las Vegas’s less glamorous casinos. Her decision to avoid real magic, stemming from a traumatic incident in her childhood, adds depth to her character. Tamaki’s portrayal of Zatanna’s struggle to leave the past behind while confronting her present is both engaging and nuanced.

Rodríguez’s artwork is spectacular, with vibrant colors and dynamic compositions that bring the story to life. The visuals complement the narrative perfectly, capturing the glitz of Las Vegas and the otherworldly elements of Zatanna’s magical encounters.

The story takes a thrilling turn when an interdimensional vortex interrupts Zatanna’s act, unleashing a demon that forces her to confront her true powers. This twist not only adds excitement but also hints at a deeper exploration of her magical heritage and her complicated relationship with her father.

Zatanna’s interactions with the locals and her efforts to carve out a niche for herself in Las Vegas add a layer of authenticity to the story. The blend of her stage life with the impending supernatural threat creates a compelling narrative that keeps readers hooked.

This debut issue does an excellent job of setting up the series, blending character development with an intriguing plot. Tamaki and Rodríguez have crafted a story that promises both excitement and emotional depth, making it a standout addition to the DC Black Label lineup.

“Zatanna: Bring Down The House #1” is available on our weekly new comic book wall and can also be placed on your pull list.


Illusions and Reality Collide in Zatanna's Latest Adventure

Colors - 9.5
Design - 9.8
Illustration - 9.8
Narrative - 9.8
Subplot - 9.7


"Zatanna: Bring Down The House #1" offers a captivating start to a new chapter in the magician's saga.

Genre: Superhero
Series: Zatanna: Bring Down The House | Illustrated by Javier Rodríguez
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