A surprising combination of DC's supernatural superheroes are coming together this November in a three-issue, prestige format miniseries that asks: what were some of these masters of the dark forces like in college?
Zatanna Zatara is lumped in with The Enchantress, Sargon the Sorcerer, and more in Mystik U, an upcoming story from writer Alisa Kwitney and artist Mike Norton.
"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," explained Norton. "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."
A solid suspect might be that new girl, but maybe that's just us...?
Like the recently-concluded Gotham Academy, though, this book has the tropes of traditional high school/college storytelling baked into its DNA in a way few superhero books do. To say it has a very Runaways feel to it might be oversimplifying, since Norton has worked on that title before.
"The first year of college is a kind of theater where people improvise themselves," Kwitney said. "Sometimes they change their names, and they might adopt a whole new way of dressing along with a new passion. It's also a place where you might discover that, after years of being on the bottom of the food chain in high school, there are people who recognize your talents. But the opposite can also occur—you realize that you're no longer the best in the class at something. Mystik U is very much a story of freshman orientation for Zatanna and the others, but on magickal steroids."
You can check out some preview pages in the attached gallery, and the official solicitation text below.
Look for the first 48-page issue of Mystik U to manifest in comic shops on November 29, 2017.
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+