Comics Alliance have confirmed from DC Comics that the long-awaited Black Canary/Zatanna OGN from writer Paul Dini is to be published in May of next year. Originally expected to be drawn by Amanda Conner, the graphic novel will now be drawn instead by Joe Quinones.
Dini is probably the writer most associated with Zatanna, having written the most recent Zatanna series as well as her appearances in the Batman cartoon series.
This story will see one of Black Canary’s enemies, defeated by the heroine but choosing death over capture, come back to menace Dinah from beyond the grave. In order to stop this supernatural attack, Black Canary turns to the most obvious source – Zatanna. Team-ups ensue, although it also sounds like they might first fight each other before coming together to stop their mutual opponents. The classic sort of stuff, in other words.
The graphic novel has been in the works for years and years now – and was last seen, Andy Khouri notes, in 2011. As such, it looks like the story is drawing on both characters’ classic appearances rather than their New 52 looks and personas. Dini has been absent from the DC Universe for quite a while himself, having been spending his time on the new Hulk cartoon for Marvel.
Quinones has most recently been working on covers and interiors for Captain Marvel; work which has brought him to the attention of a much wider fanbase. Black Canary/Zatanna is due in May 2014 – and you can see more of his artwork over at the Comics Alliance article.