Well, we finally have the answer to a years-old question about what happened to the Mystic U title that was supposed to launch as part of DC’s DC You initiative.
The promised Zatanna series from writer Alisa Kwitney, given an aesthetic spelling change and artist Mike Norton, will be (re)launched in November as Mystik U, a bi-monthly prestige format limited series with a cover by Julian Totino Tedesco (pictured above). Norton gives a rundown on the book’s concept in an EXCLUSIVE interview on DC’s website (how did they ever score that?!):
“Mystik U is about a sheltered show biz kid (Zatanna), a bitter rebel (Sebastian Faust, son of Felix), a split personality (Enchantress), a competitive premed student (new character Pia Morales), and an awkward prodigy (Sargon the Sorceror) all discovering that they have the capacity to perform real magic.
They’re enrolled at a university for the magically gifted, where the world’s most powerful practitioners of magic will mentor their fledgling talents…and try to discover which of them is fated to betray the others and become a powerful force of evil.”
One question not answered in the interview is whether or not Mystik U is accredited, or whether it’s more of a “university” in the same sense as Trump University or Acme Looniversity are. However, Kwitney does tell us what we can expect from the story:
“Human stuff. The first year of college is a kind of theater where people improvise themselves—sometimes they change their names, and they might adopt a whole new way of dressing along with a new passion. It’s also a place where you might discover that, after years of being on the bottom of the food chain in high school, there are people who recognize your talents. But the opposite can also occur—you realize that you’re no longer the best in the class at something. Mystik U is very much a story of freshman orientation for Zatanna and the others, but on magickal steroids.”
We hear Grant Morrison does his best work while high on magickal steroids. Kwitney also makes some Harry Potter comparisons and talks about the series’ villain:
“There is definitely a villain, but there’s also an exploration of the villain’s journey. One of the things I always loved about Harry Potter was the unfolding of the story of the young Tom Riddle and how he came to be Lord Voldemort. If I could ask J.K. Rowling to write a book for me, it would be the complete tale of Tom Riddle’s school days at Hogwarts.”
You can read the full interview at DC’s website. Mystik U #1 hits stores on November 29th.
MYSTIK U #1
Written by ALISA KWITNEY
Art by MIKE NORTON
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
Leave the world of the mundane behind and step through the magical doors of Mystik U! After a tragic accident, a young Zatanna Zatara, under the guidance of Rose Psychic, enrolls in a mysterious university that teaches its students how to master their unique brands of magic. Will Zatanna fit in with her new classmates (Enchantress, Sargon the Sorcerer, Faust and more!) and unlock her true potential? Find out in this exciting bimonthly miniseries from novelist Alisa Kwitney (DESTINY) and Mike Norton (Revival, Runaways)!
On sale NOVEMBER 29 • 48 pg, FC, 1 of 3, $5.99 US • RATED T+