The cover to my copy of Zatanna #15

This issue is horrible. I can’t even sugarcoat it.

Here’s the summary; ancient sect of “monster hunters” ambushes Zatanna and disrupts her ability to speak so she has to use wits and luck to stay alive until she can heal herself, upon which she has the monster hunters horrifically tortured before deciding to send them to jail.

Really, there’s not much else to say about this issue. When I reflect on what Paul Dini could have done with these last two issues to bring closure to his masterful storyline I’m saddened.

THE FINAL VERDICT: Only buy if your completionist nature is compulsive.

The only thing this issue does better than the previous one is not fly in the face of what we know Zatanna can do. Our lovely magician does some smart things sans her powers, but we don’t really need an entire issue to showcase her on-the-fly smarts – the woman is a practicing stage magician and can speak backwards during the worst moments of stress. She’s proven her mental and mundane physical prowess before.

And worse, most of what transpires is from luck and/or because the baddies went to Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy. Using a random group of villains who should have appeared well before now just to chase a bleeding Zatanna around is just not enjoyable – and a lack of any fun magical shenanigans means even the acceptable art can’t save Issue #15.