First look at DC Comics' spellbinding new Mystik U fantasy mini-series

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Aug 18, 2017

Feeling a little lost in a post-Harry Potter world and searching for a wand-waving comic book title to satisfy those magical urges?

Check out this new bi-monthly series from DC Comics that gathers budding young warlocks, witches, and sorcerers in an academic setting similar to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry or SYFY's The Magicians.

Mystik U is an upcoming four-issue Prestige series premiering November 29 by writer Alisa Kwitney and artist Mike Norton, with familiar characters Zatanna, Sebastian Faust, the Enchantress, Sargon the Sorcerer, and a new character named Pia Morales all headed back to school.

Here's the official solicitation synopsis:

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)!

"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," said Norton. "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."

Kwitney fully acknowledges obvious comparisons to J.K. Rowling's Potterverse and was inspired by the evolution of the Tom Riddle character into the evil Lord Voldemort. Her Mystik U miniseries will examine the intense social interaction of these magically endowed college students in a mysterious and competitive setting.

"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," said Kwitney. "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.

"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."

(Via Newsarama)