Comic Review: Zatanna and the House of Secrets

Zatanna & the House of Secrets by Matthew Cody
Zatanna & the House of Secrets
by Matthew Cody, Yoshi Yoshitani (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars


Zatanna is just trying to survive middle school. She and her stage-magician Dad live in a mysterious house with an adorable pet rabbit, Pocus. Zatanna believes that her father’s magic tricks are just illusions, until one fateful day when she encounters real magic. She realizes that the house holds more secrets than she ever knew, and she must navigate trick stairs, cold dungeons, and enigmatic doors to escape the clutches of a wicked sorceress and save her father.

I loved this comic from start to finish! Zatanna is a wonderful character, and she has some good personal development and teen angst that packs an emotional punch. The plot is enchanting and mystic with lots of wonderful surprises and twists. I loved the magical elements in the House of Secrets, and especially the magical characters and creatures that Zatanna meets as she discovers a new world of wizardy and spells.
One of the best things about this book is Zatanna’s close relationship with her father, Zatara. Since her mother is dead, Zatanna really relies on her father and they have a special bond. They have some ups and downs, fighting as all families do, but ultimately they love and support one another.

I was so impressed with this imaginative story! The artwork is absolutely gorgeous, and has an enchanting quality that drew me into the story. The panels are clear, showing the action in a sharp way that makes the story easy to follow. The colors are rich and vibrant, and I loved the smooth contrast in colors that makes the artwork pop.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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