Zatanna #4: Writer: Paul Dini. Pencils: Chad Hardin.
This issue gets started with Zatanna heading to Las Vegas to do a show, but instead running afoul of the Royal Flush Gang. Needless to say, Z makes quick work of the card themed losers.
Z returns the money the Gang stole to casino owner Sonny Raymond, who after asking Z out on a date begins to talk to a picture of his father, which actually turns out to be possessed by Mammon, Hell Lord of Avarice.
After a long day of practicing her act, and dealing with the Gang, Z returns to her hotel room and discovers that her cousin Zatara was “thoughtful” enough to throw a party for her.
Z disciplines Zatara for his antics...
And sends him and his assistant, Bunny, on their way, where they pass some old women who turn out to be fire demons sent by Mammon.
After an extended fight scene, the tired Z falls victim to the fire demons, giving us our cliffhanger.
What I Thought: This was another good, if not spectacular issue of Zatanna. I mean, I liked everything that happened here, and I LOVED seeing Zatara show up in something other then that stupid Teen Titans Second Feature, but this was definitely a set-up issue. With all that said, I am looking forward to next issue to see how Z gets herself out of her current predicament, as well as hopefully some more Zatara appearances.
Score: 7 1/2 out of 10.