Comic Review: Mystik U - Book 1

Do you want a thick comic book about mystical arts users going to college? Do you want teenage angst and drama that you normally find in CW show? Do you want dialog written by a freshman who just found a thesaurus? 

If you answered yes to all three of these, you may just like Mystik U.

That may sound snarky and harsh (because it was meant to be), but I not implying that the previous list of descriptors is anything but what the author meant for it to be. Infact, if you love characters whose emotional status is prone to wild fits of polarity due to hormones or an ancient evil living inside of them, you will love this book.

 The common's lawn needs some water.

The common's lawn needs some water.

Now this is more than just an origin story for Zatana and several other DC characters, it also starts out with a grand world ending problem. A problem that can only be solved by rolling back time. A problem which seemingly starts when a bunch of prominent magick users are teenagers. Everyone but one person forgets this possible future, the headmaster(mistress) of Mystik University.

 oooh, I bet you would be great at scrabble.

oooh, I bet you would be great at scrabble.

Most of this book revolves around Zatana and her dorm mates getting to know each other and their powers. It's every 90's rom-com with a little "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" thrown in for good measure. There are romance interests, the bad boy who might not be so bad, the hipster jock whose into himself, the nerdy kid who gets the hot girl... all the cliches. I can't help but feel that there should be a Semisonic song playing while I read this.

 your so dark and mysterious, but I hate you because your a jerk, but only when people are watching... I just know I can change you.

your so dark and mysterious, but I hate you because your a jerk, but only when people are watching... I just know I can change you.

If it feels that I'm not saying much about the story... that's because I am not. At times it has the pacing of "filler" episodes in manga, but with less action. It's just not something I am very interested in. That's okay, I don't think I'm the target demographic.

"What?!?!" you might ask yourself, "How can a comic book using B & C list characters not appeal to a comic book junkie?" 

Well... You know how you watched Smallville because someone you liked watched it and you even found some parts of it enjoyable but you just didn't like it overall? It's like that. It's not that Smallville was done poorly, or that it had terrible actors, or the setting wasn't interesting... you just didn't dig the presentation because you weren't a thirteen year old anymore.  

 Goth girls be Goth

Goth girls be Goth

Despite the fact that I don't really dig the setting, the dialog, or even the story too much... I can't say it's bad writing. It fits the genre that it's trying to occupy. I've read enough of Alisa Kwitney (Femme Magnifique, The Children's CrusadeHouse of Mystery, Future Echoes) to know this is her wheel-house and I just wandering passenger.

The sad part for me is that I really dig the art. Yishan Li's and Mike Norton's styling is down right adorable and somewhat reminds me of Gisele Legace, whom I also adore. It's vivid, colorful, full of emotion with that "Riverdale" sort of flare. 

So, I may not like it, but you might. Just because I may not enjoy it, doesn't mean I think it's bad. Maybe you want to pick up the hardcover when the series is done. That's your prerogative. 

Rating: 7/10 Haruspicy References