For as long as there have been comic books, there has been the feud between DC and Marvel. Both are heavy-hitting comic companies that continue to gain legions of fans every year. The purpose of this column is to take one DC persona and one Marvel persona of equal measure and popularity and pit them against each other to see who would come out on top and who is a better character overall.
Zatanna first appeared in 1964. Her father was the famous magician Zatara and her mother was a member of a mystical race called the Homo Magi. With magic in her blood she became a successful stage illusionist and soon discovered her own powers exploring both of her parent’s magical heritage throughout her life. Zatanna got involved with Batman while investigating the disappearance of her father and later joined the rest of the Justice League. She’s used her mind wipe powers to erase or alter memories of others on multiple occasions, including Dr. Light and Selina Kyle. Zatanna remained close friends with Bruce Wayne and went on to continue to stage career and join the Sentinels of Magic. Despite her ups and downs with her powers, Zatanna worked as a reserve member of the Justice League and a regular guardian against mystical threats. In the New 52 reboot Zatanna works with the Justice League Dark.
Emma Frost first showed up in Uncanny X-Men in 1980. Emma grew up in Boston as the daughter of wealthy merchants. Emma and her two sisters discovered that they were mutants with telepathic abilities that became apparent as they got older. Emma made her money by becoming a stockholder of a multi-billion dollar company which she became chair of. After becoming a dancer for the Hellfire Club Emma joined up with Sebastian Shaw as he planned to achieve world domination. She became the White Queen after taking control of the Council of the Chosen (renamed The Inner Circle). She recruited members to her mutant super-team, the Hellions, which eventually teamed up with the X-Men. Emma’s story has consistently been in the grey zone: she runs a academy to teach mutant children but also shot and killed her sister for her inheritance. She is known for being a character that walks the line between good and evil. While Zatanna has been around longer Emma has had many more inter!
esting and complex storylines.
Point: Emma Frost
Zatanna possesses powerful magic due to her unique genetic structure and her affinity for learning new skills. She casts spells by speaking backwards and can do any number of things including: aerokinesis, chronokinesis, deflection, energy blast, and create force fields. She can also heal herself and others from injury control the elements, change her size, read minds, erase memories, teleport, transform, and even fly. While a member of the Justice League Zatanna learned to advance hand-to-hand combat. Despite her seemingly endless list of abilities Zatanna’s power has come and gone over the years and she has a vulnerability to certain enchantments and must be able to speak or read to focus her spells.
Emma Frost is one of the most powerful mutan!
ts in the Marvel universe. She is known for her telepathic powers which allow her to read and control minds. She can also alter someone memories, induce paralysis and cast illusions. Emma can activate or boost a mutant’s powers by accessing their neurological pathways and communicate mentally across long distances. However, if her enemies use mental scramblers they can prevent her from accessing their minds. As far as defensive powers, Emma can also transform her body into an organic diamond which makes her near invulnerable and ridiculously strong. Both women are insanely powerful but Emma’s widespread telepathic abilities and diamond form give her the edge over Zatanna.
Point: Emma Frost For affiliations, apparel/weapons, and social relevance go to the source. WINNER: Emma Frost!