Last month, Previews World ran an interview with writer Paul Dini on his upcoming graphic novel, Black Canary & Zatanna: Bloodspell. With the holidays and other posts occupying my time, this one kind of slipped through the cracks. But since I'm reviewing comics for the next couple days, I wanted to push this one out and share it with anyone who missed the story.
My favorite part of the Q&A is when Dini describes the versions of Black Canary and Zatanna as outside the current New 52 continuity.
PREVIEWSworld: Your book features Black Canary and Zatana in their more traditional costumes. Is this because the book was conceived and started production too far in advance of the New 52 overhaul? Or were you "in" on the changes to come, and decided to plow ahead anyway with original costumes as you wanted to keep the book old school?
Paul Dini: At the time I conceived the story, the New 52 DC Universe was years away. But the story never changed even as the Universe did. It was always intended to be a stand-alone, a story that takes place in no particular DC continuity, but is familiar to all readers of DC comics over the years. If bits of Black Canary and Zatanna's relationship as depicted in Bloodspell later find their way into ongoing continuity, then I'll know that readers and creators have found something interesting in their relationship, and I think that's a good thing.
You can read the full interview here at Previews.
And don't forget to buy Bloodspell on May 21st!