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Review: Mystik U #1

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? Mystik U is a new bimonthly miniseries from novelist Alisa Kwitney and Mike Norton!

Mystik U #1 is a great premier issue that serves as a superb introduction to the mystical side of the DC Universe. Think Harry Potter but for superheroes. The first issue brings together a few more well-known characters like Zatanna, and Enchantress, and some lesser known ones, and some older characters like Mr. E and Madame Xanadu, into a school setting where they’ll learn more about their powers. Kwitney introduces us to each character delivering a unique personality for each and still features a mystery to be solved within the first issue. There’s also a major event we get a glimpse at that everything will build towards, think traitor within the group.

The art  by Norton is solid and brings a proper mystical element to the story. His work shows a clear influence from the older Vertigo comics. Norton also redesigns Zatanna in a less revealing and more modern outfit. Finally! Along with all of the school antics, he also delivers the grotesque side of the magical world in a mysterious creature and some of the more ominous aspects presented.

Mystik U #1 is a new take on classic characters in a setting that mines material from a certain popular kid wizard. It’s a combination that works for a first issue and promises interesting things to come.

Story: Alisa Kwitney Art: Michael Norton Cover: Julian Totino Tedesco
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review