"Summoning": The spirit of Zatanna's mother beckons her daughter to the secret city of the Homo Magi. Without haste, she and her stage manager, Jeff Sloane, ride on horses through a mystic plane which forces them to enter a giant
Zatanna Special #1 is a one-shot with a cover date of May, 1987. It was published on January 20, 1987.
Synopsis for "Summoning"
The spirit of Zatanna's mother beckons her daughter to the secret city of the Homo Magi. Without haste, she and her stage manager, Jeff Sloane, ride on horses through a mystic plane which forces them to enter a giant snake's digestive tract. Through Zatanna's quick magic, they escape the snake and finally reach her mother's native land only to find the people dying from an unknown sleeping sickness.
Zatanna successfully utters the "spell of cures" at the Temple of Hope, saving everyone's life. The High Lord asks that she stay as Queen, but she hesitantly declines. The High Lord then requests her to visit the guardian of the Shrine of Ages in order for her to know what her correct decision should be. She agrees and she and Jeff ride their horses to the top of the mountain to visit Kohl, the ancient one.
Upon entering the shrine, they speak briefly with Kohl who suddenly turns into dust. Ghostly spirits appear, threatening the two and they dive inside a fountain where Zatanna is carried deeper under water by the strong current. Sensing danger in their path, Zatanna sends Jeff back to Shadowcrest using magic, but shortly afterwards, she falls unconscious.
When she awakes, Zatanna is back at her Shadowcrest home. Her father welcomes her back with open arms thanking her from reviving him from death. However later that night, she realizes this is not her home and her true enemy revels herself. It is Allura, mistress of the dark elements. Allura had created this illusion to trick Zatanna and trap her before she could learn the secret behind the source of her magic. Zatanna is trapped by Allura, who takes Zatanna's amulet and leaves Zatanna ensnared by dark magic.
Once again, Zatanna enters a subconscious dream, in which the spirit of her mother, Sindella, speaks to her and reveals the secret source of her magic. Zatanna finally understands that life gives magic a meaning and thanks to the newfound wisdom, she recovers her powers and strength to defeat her most powerful opponent: her own doubts, fears and darker side. Once she has overcome her inner demons, Zatanna breaks free from Allura's trap and her powers return to her.
In Shadowcrest, Jeff Sloane worries about Zatanna's fate, but Sindella's spirit reassures him that her daughter shall soon return from her quest and that his presence will provide Zatanna with the much required healing. True enough, Zatanna shows up in Shadowcrest shortly afterwards, reinvigorated after the whole experience and thanks to Jeff Sloane, she is ready to face any and all future challenges.
Appearing in "Summoning"
- Atlantic City
- Gotham County
- The Secret City of the Homo Magi
- The Shrine of Ages
- The Temple of Hope
- Optic Gem
- Power Crown
- This issue was originally planned to be a four-issue limited-series. The four issues were edited into one story, and several pages were deleted.
- Events in this comic occur prior to Justice League of America #248.
- Zatanna Recommended Reading
- JLA: Zatanna's Search
- Justice League of America (Volume 1)
- Adventure Comics (Volume 1)
- Supergirl (Volume 1)
- Zatanna Special #1
- Zatanna (Volume 1)
- Day of Judgment (Volume 1)
- Reign in Hell (Volume 1)
- Zatanna: Everyday Magic
- Seven Soldiers: Zatanna (Volume 1)
- Zatanna (Volume 2)
- Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell
- Mystik U (Volume 1)