Though she made her Rebirth return to the DC Universe in recent issues of Detective Comics, Zatanna will once again get the chance to star in her own series in late-2017. There’s a twist, however — the title will star a much younger version of the character than the one fans fell in love with as a member of the Justice League.
DC Comics today announced Mystik U, a three-issue miniseries which explores the early college years of Zatanna Zatara as the magician not only learns how to properly control and refine her magical abilities, but navigates the social world of the DCU’s most prominent mystical young adults.
“Mystik U is about a sheltered show biz kid (Zatanna), a bitter rebel (Sebastian Faust, son of Felix), a split personality (Enchantress), a competitive premed student (new character Pia Morales), and an awkward prodigy (Sargon the Sorceror) all discovering that they have the capacity to perform real magic,” series artist Mike Norton explained in an interview with DC Comics. They’re enrolled at a university for the magically gifted, where the world’s most powerful practitioners of magic will mentor their fledgling talents…and try to discover which of them is fated to betray the others and become a powerful force of evil.
Writer Alisa Kwitnet described the bi-monthly prestige format series as “very much a story of freshman orientation for Zatanna and the others, but on magickal steroids.” And what good would telling the story of a group of young adults in a school for magic be without a proper bad guy? “There is definitely a villain, but there’s also an exploration of the villain’s journey,” Kwitnet promises. “One of the things I always loved about Harry Potter was the unfolding of the story of the young Tom Riddle and how he came to be Lord Voldemort. If I could ask J.K. Rowling to write a book for me, it would be the complete tale of Tom Riddle’s school days at Hogwarts.”
Check out the solicitation text and a preview of the first issue, along with Julian Totinao Tedeco’s cover, below.
MYSTIK U #1
- Written by ALISA KWITNEY
- Art by MIKE NORTON
- Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
- Leave the world of the mundane behind and step through the magical doors of Mystik U! After a tragic accident, a young Zatanna Zatara, under the guidance of Rose Psychic, enrolls in a mysterious university that teaches its students how to master their unique brands of magic. Will Zatanna fit in with her new classmates (Enchantress, Sargon the Sorcerer, Faust and more!) and unlock her true potential? Find out in this exciting bimonthly miniseries from novelist Alisa Kwitney (DESTINY) and Mike Norton (Revival, Runaways)!
- On sale NOVEMBER 29 • 48 pg, FC, 1 of 3, $5.99 US • RATED T+
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