Someone once said, “Change is only good when it is good.” It’s a phrase that I refer to in many situations. And I have to say that I was concerned when I found out Paul Dini was going to be leaving the Zatanna series. However, after reading Issue #7, written by Adam Beechen, the phrase I would use is, “Change is okay when it is acceptable.”

And that’s not a bad thing.

The cover to my copy of Zatanna #7

When a comic book tops off its cover with a pun – and not even an accurate one at that – I do worry a tad. Issue #7 finds our favorite magician in Los Angeles in order to help with the opening of a Magic Museum. The facility will be displaying all sorts of cast-off belongings from various DC magic wielders; Dr. Fate’s boots, John Zatara’s sunglasses (i.e. shades), and the turban of Sargon the Sorcerer.

Zatanna, it turns out, is not a big fan of L.A. and is eager to get the heck out of there. Since all the items for the museum are mostly token costume pieces she expects everything to go smoothly since none of the items are worth breaking in for. Of course, no one expects that they’ll have to worry about the items breaking out.

Indeed, it’s revealed that pieces used by magicians and sorcerers have the personalities of those individuals imprinted on them. Surrounded by enough magically powered items Sargon’s turban decides it is going to complete what its owner died striving for; ridding the world of evil. Any evil. It immediately overpowers the wills of the spirits in the other items and hodgepodges them all together into a creepy empty outfit that breaks out of the museum and starts to go all Spectre on the ass of L.A.

By the time Zatanna catches up with “Spirit Sargon” he’s killed a mugger by noosing him with a street lamp and turned a drug dealer and his customer into statues of “powder.” Judging all of Los Angeles a city of sinners Zatanna is able to stop the destruction of a hotel by calling on the spirit of her father in the sunglasses. Bolstered by the presence of his daughter John Zatara is able to lead the spirits of the other costume pieces in revolt and they cut off the turban’s power, ending the threat.

Issue #7 is the first issue to entirely stand alone, and Mr. Beechen does manage to tell a unique story filled with magic, DC history, and a poignant daddy/daughter Zatara moment. The pencils and inks done by Chad Hardin and Wayne Faucher are overall sharp and sexy, but at times faces – especially Zatanna’s – take on weird dimensions and distortions. It does happen enough to be distracting.

THE FINAL VERDICT: Don’t search for it unless completing a collection

Overall the story isn’t bad and the art isn’t bad, but at the same time there was nothing that got me terribly psyched to read it again. There’s definitely signs that the new creative team understood Zatanna and have potential to use her history and powers for great tales – but this isn’t one of them. It’s an issue you won’t regret having to complete a collection, but if you’re just picking up select issues don’t be upset if this one escapes you.