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REVIEW: ‘Mystik U #1′ brings you back to those college years



Story by: Alisa Kwitney
Art by: Michael Norton
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Mystik U #1 – what makes it interesting in pitch form is also what makes it tough to like.

Posted November 29, 2017 by


This title should be a no-brainer, right? Zatanna up front (and yeah, I’ll admit I’ve got a soft spot for the character because of the JLU cartoons) and backed up by a cast of magic users, all at a wizard school learning to harness their powers.


What makes it interesting in pitch form is also what makes it tough to like. We’ve got so much good material set in and around parameters like this that it becomes a challenge to come up with something interesting. Unfortunately, the piece goes for a frame that’s way too familiar. One of them will be some kind of harbinger of doom, and we open on the apocalyptic events. And while there’s an attempt to make the characters unique and interesting, this first issue hasn’t drawn up enough to make any of them stand out.

As a concept, Mystik U #1 should work. But bogged down by writing that sometimes takes itself too seriously, and a lack of a sense of fun and wonder that should be a part of a story like this, Mystik U is okay, but not as good as it should be.

Reviewed by Carljoe Javier. He loves comics. He is Managing Editor of Anino Comics, writes comics and prose, and teaches at the Ateneo Department of Fine Arts. He is also the Creative Director for Smarter Good

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