Major events happen in Myrra, and something really bad happens to one of the cast members, but all that really gets overshadowed by Mordru’s appearance in this issue.
I am a longtime Legion of Super-Heroes fan, so I was thrilled to see the evil magician back in action. As the story is set in the present, there is no Legion appearance, or even an acknowledgment of them, but it wouldn’t really have made sense. Doesn’t mean I didn’t want one anyway. But I won’t call down the story because of it.
Mordru provides some information to Zatanna and Wonder Woman, and even a little bit of help, but none of this reduces the menace of the character, thanks to some deft writing, and superb art. And I love the location of his secret hideaway.
There are some chilling visuals in this issue. The sad fate of one of the characters, as I referred to above, and the more temporary, but still stomach churning, way that Zatanna is kept quiet really stood out for me.
And I also very much appreciated the research that went into this story, which utilizes elements from the Secret Origins issue devoted to Zatanna and Zatara.
Every single month this series turns out well crafted, intelligent, disturbing, and hugely entertaining stories. It’s a genuine pleasure to review it, which is not something I can say about every book that I cover.