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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (29 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401233007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401233006
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Dini is the multi-award-winning writer of many scripts for Batman: The Animated Series, and has also written for the Superman and Justice League animated series. His comics work includes Batman: Black and White and Batman Adventures. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
I read a library copy of the paperback
The first thing to say is that this is a massive tome of 10 collected issues which rounded off the Zatanna pre-new52 series and it's actually quite engaging.
Yes, it's fluffy and sugary and a tad repetitive but it looks good, flows well and never ceases to entertain.
I know Paul Dini's writing more for his animated adaptations but this is less childish than I expected indeed it may well have pre-empted the Justice League Dark's later success.
Having said all that, it doesn't quite rise into instant classic territory as it remains doggedly light and whimsical throughout.
Zatanna suffers, as do most magic-based titles from a very powerful and very vague powerset.
I miss the George Perez designed flowing blue costume with the lobster-like headpiece....what, just me...?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Unsettled on 24 Feb. 2013
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Annataz is one of the more understandable of the magic users in the graphic universes, more so than Dr Strange for example.
You don't need to have her experiences with puppets to find them, like Clowns, to be so creepy. Still, with that therapist she may remaine sane.
The graphics are pretty reasonable and the story-lines reasonably good. Though her pals' blessing may not be the protection they may imagine (see the Hawk & Fisher stories)
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Zatanna's 2nd and Hopefully Not Last Volume is a Blast 25 Jan. 2012
By Hound Dog - Published on Amazon.com
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As you may already know, Zatanna's long-awaited solo monthly series came to a premature end in late 2011 at issue # 16 when DC Comics once again launched a complete revamp of all its continuity. As a consolation prize, the Justice League's sultry sorceress was immediately transferred over to a co-leading role in the new ongoing series, "Justice League Dark," with John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, among other supernatural characters.

This second volume, "Shades of the Past," picks up with issue #7 and carries on to the series finale in #16 where Zatanna has a memorable night warding off an unwanted protégé in Klarion the Witch Boy (who, along with Zatanna, was one of the stars in Grant Morrison's re-launch of the Seven Soldiers a few years ago). This book's well-paced storylines include: the Mistress of Magic encounters a psychotic puppet from her past (the idea reads much better than it sounds); the return of nefarious mobster Brother Night; and an elite assassination squad assigned to literally silence Zatanna. However, I'll note that, even though DC Comics promoted an issue in which Zatanna was to be put on trial for crimes against magic (and prosecuted by the Spectre, no less), it didn't happen. Instead, the Klarion guest appearance replaced the Spectre's presence in the finale, presumably due to DC's relatively abrupt relaunch.

All in all, give DC Comics kudos for including four additional issues here for the same original price to complete Zatanna's solo series in two volumes, rather than cutting readers off with only the originally planned issues # 7-12. Although the series had loads of untapped potential (i.e. bringing in writer Gail Simone and artist Ed Benes could have done wonders here), it was a terrific monthly read for nearly a year and a half even with some uninspired writing and spotty artwork. Despite its artistic flaws, my assessment is that "Shades of the Past" is an underrated gem.

Rating: 9/10 (for ages 10 and up).
The sexy sorceress returns... 23 Dec. 2011
By D.S.Thurlow - Published on Amazon.com
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"Shades of the Past" is magician super-heroine Zatanna’s second outing in graphic novel format, gathering together "Zatanna" DC comic issues 07-12, all from 2011. Paul Dini and Cliff Chiang are headlined as principal author and artist, respectively.

Many of the characters from the first Zatanna graphic novel make repeat appearances, including her manager Mikey, magical cousin Zachary, friendly Detective Dale Colton, and archenemy Brother Night. Zatanna's powers will be tested, however, by a whole new group of opponents, including a bizarre reincarnation of Sargon the Sorcerer, a villain named Backslash who negates her magic, and a group of masked and lethal witch-hunters. A murderous and vengeful puppet from Zatanna's past gets an extended story arc. A succubus will ruin a night out on the town with Zachary, while a young warlock named Uriah will spoil a good night's sleep. All the while, Brother Night schemes in the background, spoiling for another confrontation with the sexy sorceress.

The pacing of the stories keeps Zatanna hopping from crisis to crisis. Several of her opponents will succeed in denying her use of her magic, forcing Zatanna to fall back on her wits, guile, and physical fighting skills. The dialogue is snappy, and the artwork ranges from good to excellent. "Shades of the Past" is highly recommended to Zatanna's fans as an entertaining read.
Fun stories, so-so art 10 Dec. 2012
By BS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The recent Zatanna series was a lot of fun.

The dialogue was sharp and the story lines were accessible but clever with a nice balance between light humor and dramatic tension. The "Shades of the Past" storyline is real good, the "Wingman" stand alone issue is funny, and the final issue of the collection is a lot of fun, too.

While all of that is well and good, the credits on the cover can be a little misleading. Cliff Chiang (New 52 Wonder Woman) only draws three issues of collection, and Paul Dini only writes about half the issues. While the quality of the writing doesn't dip when Dini is not the credited writer, the art suffers. Chaing's broad, cartoony style is a perfect match for the tone of the book and the more detailed, grittier art of the other issues is a bit jarring when it changes mid-storyline. There are several other artists who contribute to the book, but stylistically, they're all very different from Chiang.

Overall, I'm still going to give it 4/5 stars. The writing is well above average for super hero stuff and the art is, at worst, serviceable. I'm a big fan of Cliff Chiang, so I'm glad some of his work is in this collection which leads me to rate this collection as a whole above average. If Chiang (or someone with a similar style) drew the whole collection, I'd probably give it a 5/5.
Magically fun read!! 13 Dec. 2012
By S. Penrose - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Zatanna has always been a character that I knew more about her look than her character. That probably just proves that I'm a typical guy. This book has a certain "Buffy" vibe to it that I love and the cast of characters, both good and bad, is really fun. The villains here are creepy, funny, and entertaining. The art here is very good. Overall, a very fun read!
Passed it at the Comic shop originally 18 Aug. 2014
By Jack M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Good story. Good artwork. I enjoyed it.
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