Comic Review: Mystik U #1 (DC Comics)

Not so much “DC’s version of Hogwarts” as “Gotham Academy meets Brakebills”. DC’s magical characters have a bad habit of turning into world-destroying megalomaniacs. The first issue of this three-issue […]

Not so much “DC’s version of Hogwarts” as “Gotham Academy meets Brakebills”.

DC’s magical characters have a bad habit of turning into world-destroying megalomaniacs. The first issue of this three-issue bimonthly series begins with one of them having nearly completed the task of succeeding at it. Earth’s only hope is for Zatanna and Dr. Occult’s partner Rose to work together and cast a spell to rewind time to a point before the aptly-named Malevolence came into its full power.

And as anyone who has followed the Flash TV series can tell you, going back in tie always creates a divergent timeline. In this case, it’s reset the ages of a number of DC’s existing magicians and turned them into college freshmen attending Mystik University. Rose is the Dean, and the only one aware of the timeline that her current one has overwritten. With the assistance of a staff comprised of other magicians such as Madame Xanadu, Merlin, Cain, and Abel, Rose hopes to guide Zatanna and her fellow students into a force that can stop Malevolence if her staff can identify the person who is fated to become it.

Zatanna’s classmates and allies are Felix Faust, Sargon the Sorceror, and her roommates Junie Moon/Enchantress and the new character Pia Morales. They may just manage to save the world – if one of them isn’t the one fated to become Malevolence and destroy it…

Alisa Kwitney gives each character a unique voice. Mike Norton gives each of them a look to match. And the university campus including the Houses of Secrets and Mystery is just one of the multitude of easter eggs to be found in the book’s pages.

Recommendation: Buy!

About Grady W Smithey III

A 49 year old with a lot of comics and even more opinions. Rumors that he is a fugitive from a parallel Earth are probably just exaggerations.