Guest Review: Black Canary/Zatanna: Bloodspell by Paul Dini & Joe Quinones

Black Canary. Zatanna Zatara. Two of the DC Universe’s brightest stars join forces to combat a deadly new threat-a chilling supernatural foe that preys on their weaknesses and unleashes their awesome powers against each other.

A year ago, Black Canary infiltrated a gang of female criminals set to pull a dangerous heist at a Las Vegas casino. Its leader was skilled in hand-to-hand combat and with more than a passing interest in the occult, specifically black magic, one nasty customer. Rather than be taken by Canary or the law, she went to her death, vowing she would get revenge on Canary and her own former gang members. Now, a year to the day later, death stalks those gang members, and Canary must turn to her friend Zatanna to help investigate.

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See the cover art?
Well, that’s the same thing you can expect on the inside.
Personally, I thought it looked goofy and overly cartoonish. So. Yeah, I was not a fan of what my eyeballs had to endure.
Does anyone else think the cover makes Black Canary look like an angry Glenn Close crossed with an even angrier Kathleen Turner?

So how was the story?
Eh.
It was readable, but just barely. The saving grace of the story came from a Dinah’s interactions with Ollie. There was an easygoing humor between the two characters that made me wish this this had been a Black Canary & Green Arrow title.
Alas, it was not meant to be…
I was initially attracted to this one because of Zatanna. I’ve become more interested in her after reading volume two of Justice League Dark, which I thought kicked ass.
Yeah, yeah. A lot of you thought it sucked.
Phbbt!

Anyway. This didn’t really scratch my Zatanna itch. It was more of a silly Grrl Power! book, complete with the requisite Bond-While-They-Shop scene. And who can forget the part where Zatanna turns the Rude Guys into fish for making comments about their fishnet stocking?!
Ah, good times, good times…
Sorry. I couldn’t work up any righteous anger over that one. More than likely it was because I was mentally asking myself why they were wandering around the mall in fishnet stockings to begin with. While I firmly believe that you should be able to wear whatever you want to wear…fishnet stockings?
Those babies are a part the universal ensemble for hookers everywhere. Throw in a pair of clear heels, and you’ve pretty much got the entire uniform.
Aaaaand….you know I’m right.

The main story is about Canary needing Zatanna’s help to get rid of a vengeful ghost. The she-devil placed a bloodspell on Dinah during an undercover operation she went on years ago.
Not exactly an inspired plot, but it wasn’t awful, either.
Throughout the volume we get lots of flashbacks that show how the two originally crossed paths, and then eventually formed a friendship over the years.
Naturally, they didn’t like each other when they first met.
On a Himalayan mountain.
Which Black Canary was climbing.
In inappropriate winter attire…
sigh
I’ve seen the pictures of people who climb Mt Everest. Parkas, goggles, and frozen mustaches are the main theme in all of them. It gets a bit chilly, after all.
Poor Canary didn’t even have a hat on! Nope. Sweatpants, a hoodie (but she doesn’t evidently need the hood ), and a tank top.
Although, you really wouldn’t have been able to get a good look at her jugs if she had been wearing a snowsuit. So, I think it turned out to be a pretty good judgement call on the part of the artist.

In the end, I’d say this was a mildly entertaining team-up story. It’s not the worst thing out there, and if you’re just looking for something to pass the time with, then this would do quite well for a breezy afternoon read.

P.S.
Dear writers and artists of graphic novels,
There are a lot of gals out there (like me) who love comic books. On the whole, we tend to overlook fuckloads of stupid shit because of the fact that we’re fans of the medium.
Rabid fans.
Rabid fans who occasionally get PMS and teeter on the edge…
Are you getting where I’m going with this, jackass?
I don’t want to see Captain America climbing a mountain in a speedo. I don’t want to see Wolverine fighting in short-shorts. And I don’t want Superman’s unitard to be so tight that I can see his nutsack. So it goes to figure, that I REALLY don’t want to share my love of comics with my two little girls when the heroine looks like her name should be Super-Skank.
Straighten up!

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Stacking The Shelves: Sept 13th

Stacking the Shelves is a hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Each week offers the opportunity to spotlight the books you have either received the past week for review, bought, borrowed, or won.

Received: Click the image to take you to Goodreads.

Grimm Fairy Tales: Robyn Hood Legend
by Patrick Shand ( Author) &Larry Watts (Illustrations)

Trust (Running With Alphas #1)
by Viola Rivard

Krymzyn (book one The Journals of Krymzyn)
by B.C. Powell

Friday Finds: August 22nd

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

Originally found on Should Be Reading

 

 

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Tattoogirl Gets Tattooed! (Again)

Holy Crap Batman! Today, I got two more tattoos. And they hurt. Bad. Super bad.

First up:

It is actually reversed because I took a picture in the mirror. It says “CUT IT OFF.”

Everyone thinks this weird (and I know it is). It’s actually from an interview with Tom Hardy on his movie Bronson. He tells the camera about how he was complaining about his girlfriend to Bronson. Bronson gave him some damn good advice which actually summed up my feelings on life with that phrase. Here is how it went:

Bronson: Do you remember the floods?
Hardy: Yeah I remember the floods.
Bronson: Do you remember that little boy who got his foot stuck in the grate? And the water kept rising and rising. And eventually the little boy drowned because he wouldn’t let him cut off his foot.
Hardy: Yeah…
Bronson: Well that wouldn’t happen to me because I’d say “cut it off.” No matter how much you love something, if it’s going to kill you then you just need to cut it off.

Perfect, right? That’s how I already felt but he put it into three words so I got “cut it off” with a dotted line tattooed around my leg.

Second Up: (and the one I’m more proud of)

This is one of the logos from Rat Queens, my favorite badass-bitch comic. The outline wasn’t too bad, it was actually tolerable but once it swelled up and my guy started coloring in…I saw stars and my language got really colorful. I do not recommend your armpit for a choice location. But it looks amazing.

If you’re in the Missouri/Kansas area and you want to get tattooed, I highly recommend you visiting Hearts of Fire Tattoo in Springfield, MO. The guy that did mine is named Ethen Jackson. It’s his shop.

ただいま - I’m home

Why so serious?

I bet everyone who ever followed me on this blog thought that I died. That’s a little true in the book blogging world. I wrote almost exclusively for Capeless Crusader for about eight months while just updating my Goodreads account for word only books (instead of graphic novels.)

At first it was super fun I a ton more views than I do on this blog but then they became more popular and my reviews needed to be formatted a certain way and needed to be a certain length. They did this because they are a serious news site for comics. People look to them for all the news on the best and brightest in the comic world. Reviews need to be serious and I understand why. But for any of you that read my reviews, you know I’m not serious. I like to have fun in my reviews and have not have any rules set for me. I’m a book blogger who just happens to really like comics too. It’s a different nerd world. I love my comic nerd homies and in the real world we have a good time but I think we’re meant for different things. I hope to still guest post for Capeless since I really loved my column “Point of Entry” but my home is with my fellow book bloggers. We just nerd differently.

So I’m home. I will write on my blog and be happy. I missed you.