Book Breakdown – Zatanna: The Jewel of Gravesend is a Magical Mystery

Unlike her dad and mom, Zatanna Starr would not benefit from the highlight—or the artwork of phantasm. But because the daughter of Coney Island’s best illusionist and his beautiful assistant/spouse, she’s lengthy lived simply exterior the highlight. And as onerous as he is tried, her dad’s by no means been capable of discuss her into changing into a half of the household enterprise.

That is, till the evening she attends one other illusionist’s present and one thing in her is awoken. Something that leads her to find that some magic is not simply an phantasm…

Read extra about Zatanna and the true magic of Coney Island in DC’s latest YA graphic novel, Zatanna: The Jewel of Gravesend, written by Alys Arden with artwork by Jacquelin de Leon. And study extra in regards to the guide within the breakdown beneath!

Cover Crackdown:

There’s an attention-grabbing combine of parts on this cowl that you simply won’t suppose would work effectively collectively until you have been trying straight at it. (Which, fortunately, we’re.) The neon of the title and the lights within the background are giving off a Nineteen Eighties vibe whereas the depiction of Zatanna along with her good purple hair appears to be like like somebody you’d see going viral on social media for her glorious goth-lady style sense. Altogether, it invokes a good summer season evening that can simply grow to be a core reminiscence.

Tell Me a Story:

Zatanna Starr is the daughter of Ezra and Lola Starr, probably the most well-known couple in Coney Island due to the lengthy-operating, however by no means not thrilling, phantasm present they carry out out of the Golden Elephant Hotel and Casino, a literal elephant-formed constructing in Luna Park. Much to her father’s chagrin, Zatanna has little curiosity within the artwork of phantasm, or magic basically, other than a basic appreciation of the reveals he and her mom placed on.

When Zatanna sees mirror textual content—or textual content written backward so it seems straight when learn in a mirror—and realizes she will be able to perceive it effective, may even converse it, Zatanna’s thoughts begins altering. As she begins to experiment with mirror textual content, which ends up in discoveries about her household’s previous, Zatanna begins to marvel if magic is not solely in her blood as a result of of her dad and mom’ ardour for performing it.

Let’s Talk Art:

Superheroes, for probably the most half, are just about all the time conventionally enticing people. They would possibly attempt to “plain themselves up” to idiot the lots, à la Superman’s alter-ego Clark Kent (who, as an apart, is by no means unattractive, even at his most dweeby), however when the spandex comes out, so do the shining smiles, hair and personalities. Jacquelin de Leon’s artwork makes everybody on this guide look nearly as good as Wonder Woman does on her greatest days. These individuals are fairly, people. Not in an unbelievable method, however actually in a method that might trigger most sighted individuals to take one other look or three in the event that they walked by them on the boardwalk. It’s a bit like studying a teenage cleaning soap opera—you understand those the place all of the characters are performed by individuals truly of their late 20s, far past any precise teenage awkwardness—however I do not thoughts it one bit. Especially whereas taking a look at Zatanna’s hair, which is good in each panel, even when she’s simply rolled out of mattress.

Dialog Discussion:

I’m not from Coney Island, nor have I ever been to the tip of the D/F/Q line, so some of the language on this guide felt a little like a international one I do not know the right way to converse. But in a good, intriguing method that stored me studying within the hopes I’d ultimately discover extra context. (I did find out about Coney Island’s famed Mermaid Parade, although. I’d like to expertise that in particular person sometime!) Alys Arden undoubtedly is aware of the right way to entice readers with hints of issues that will likely be additional defined, and the dialog between the characters within the guide felt reasonable—a lot in order that I felt a little voyeuristic studying some of the extra non-public conversations, particularly these between Zatanna and her longtime love, Alexei.

Voted Most Likely:

In the DC High yearbook, Zatanna will surely be voted most probably to grow to be wealthy and well-known as a social media influencer. I can simply image Zatanna’s Instagram web page, full of behind-the-scenes reels of her dad and mom’ performances and sponsored accomplice posts along with her most popular hair colour model. (Have I discussed her good hair? I is perhaps a tad envious.) But she’d by no means come throughout as pretend, and she or he’d make an effort to answer, genuinely, to as many feedback as she may.

Favorite Teen Titan:

With style sense like hers, and her magical powers, am I taking the simple method out by saying that Zatanna’s favourite Teen Titan would clearly be Raven? I can see them sharing garments and spells and being the very best of goth-lady buddies.

Perfect Food Pairing:

There’s little Zatanna loves greater than cotton sweet, and the assorted instances she eats it all through the guide had me craving spun sugar worse than I ever had earlier than. But the Coney Island setting additionally had me salivating on the thought of a scorching canine. Basically, something you may get at a carnival that is extra scrumptious than something has a proper to be. Corn canines! Funnel truffles! Fried all the pieces! The worse for you, the higher.

Zatanna: The Jewel of Gravesend by Alys Arden and Jacquelin de Leon is now obtainable in bookstores, comedian outlets, libraries and as a digital graphic novel.

When Mandy Curtis isn’t studying books by Leigh Bardugo or Sarah J. Maas, she’s dreaming of busting dangerous guys with Wonder Woman—if Steve Trevor’s there, too, she gained’t complain—and writing about YA fiction and popular culture at Forever Young Adult. Follow her on Twitter at @mandyannecurtis.

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NOTE: The views and opinions expressed on this characteristic are solely these of Mandy Curtis and don’t essentially replicate these of DC Entertainment or Warner Bros.


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