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Precinct1313 Recommends: Zatanna And The House Of Secrets


Zatanna and the House of Secrets is the latest entry into DC’s graphic novels for kids line, an accessible and fun series of original stories that beset readers imaginations with tales of classic superheroes and villains in their pre-teen years. Our last dalliance with this excellent series of character chronicles was with the dazzling Diana: Princess of the Amazons, this time around though we’re going to be setting forth into the magical and mysterious realm of the mystical mistress of magic herself Zatanna, as she explores the unknown boundaries of the House of Secrets!


Welcome to the wild and wacky world that is Zatanna, the backward speaking sorceress who possesses a mysterious rabbit named Pocus, and lives with her father the illustrious stage magician Zatara in the exceedingly esoteric House of Secrets. 

The House of Secrets is a mystical abode full to the bombastic brim with mysterious doors, perplexing puzzles and fabled creatures. It’s the house that every local talks about but also avidly avoids. Zatanna though, loves her home and her life with her beloved bunny, Pocus, and her loving father Zatara. In fact the worst that life throws at her are the everyday rigours that most normal kids have to deal with – school, homework and the inevitable growing pains of youth. Yet, Zatanna is no normal kid, and as our occult odyssey unfolds, Zee will have more uncertainty to face than mere peer pressure as life goes from (relative) normality into full blown obscure oddity!


Written by Matthew Cody and gorgeously illustrated by Yoshi Yoshitani, Zatanna and the House of Secrets is a wonderfully witty and engrossingly endearing tale full of beautiful imagery ( I mean seriously, the artwork is absolutely fantabulous!) and fantastic humour (some of the scenes, literally, made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion) all wrapped up in the captivating chronicle of Zee’s eventual emotional acceptance of her eerie reality by dealing with traumas from her past, school bullies and distancing friends, and the thrilling yet also traumatic transition into her new life brought on by her slowly burgeoning magical prowess. 


Zatanna and the House of Secrets is a wonderful work of art from the talented team of Cody and Yoshitani. The lushly rendered and beautifully coloured artwork leaps off the page, and the wry and witty writing is surprisingly deep and deft. Full of amazing visual gags and entertaining Easter eggs for Vertigo aficionado’s (a portrait or two of Cain and Abel come to mind) once again DC’s newest YA novel is another thrilling tale that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages, scintillatingly superb, sorcerous storytelling at it’s finest… highly recommended.


Motion Monday – Zatanna

JLD Zatanna

Welcome fellow comic fans to another motion comic spotlight, this time featuring the lovely Mistress of Magic – Zatanna. Zatanna Zatara was created by Gardner Fox and Murphy Anderson in 1964 and made her first appearance in Hawkman #4. Her father is the world famous stage magician Giovanni Zatara and her Mother is Sindella, a member of the Homo-Magi, a race of magic wielding humans.

Like her parents Zatanna’s mystical powers are real, and she makes her living as an illusionist, whilst also saving the world on occasion as a member of Justice League Dark, a team of mystical Superheroes that includes John Constantine amongst its ranks.

Zatanna 1

Zatanna’s father was a good friend of Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s father and trained the young Batman in escapology techniques, Zatanna and Bruce were childhood friends and continued to be close up until the events of ‘Identity Crisis’, where Batman discovered that Zatanna had selectively wiped his mind of certain events that took place in the highly recommended comic classic.

Zee and Bats

Zatanna is quite possibly the most powerful Superhero in the DC Universe, with the ability to do anything that she can think of by just uttering the words backwards, she is also capable of using her powers by writing the spells out in her own blood, which she has done on the occasions that she has been unable to speak.

Zee Smallville

Zatanna made her live action debut in the CW series Smallville in 2009, brought to life by actress Serinda Swan, with her comic book relationship with Constantine there is hope that we may be seeing the Maestro of Magic reappear on our screens again.

The Justice League Dark – Futures End #1 will be available to buy on the 24th of September, with the motion cover drawn by Justin Ferreyra, interior art by Andread Guinaldo and Walden Wong and written by J.M DeMatteis.