The GeeksverseMagus #1 – Week Late Review

Magus #1 – Week Late Review
Published on Friday, December 31, 2010 by

Published by: 12-Gauge Comics
Written by: Jon Price
Art by: Rebekah Isaacs
Colored by: Charlie Kirchoff
Lettered by: Ed Dukeshire
Editor: Keven Gardner
Cover: Fiona Staples

I’m a sucker for any of that “hidden magical world” stuff that comes along. So when first heard about this book I knew it was one I had to pick up. There’s a slight Harry Potter feel to it, which is mostly me seeing it because I’ve been reading the Potter books again. So it’s not a knock as much of Potter isn’t completely original either.

But aside from there being a secret wizarding world and an organization that works to keep it secret, thats where Potter ends and Magus picks up. Magic has been capped so it doesn’t go out into the world. The Guardians, and we’re not told if that’s the full name or just shortened, work to keep it hidden when it does pop up. But now the Seal is being broken and magic is erupting everywhere, uncontroled.

There’s a wonderful 2 page spread that perfectly shows what happens when people are given magical powers without any training. Death, destruction and chaos.

We’re introduced to a few characters, two that we see do magic, one that it looks like used to be able to, and 2 boys that we can already tell are more then what they seem. The characters aren’t fully fleshed out, the issue having alot going on and not spending much time on any of them. We get some basics but not much else. We’re left to assume that the 2 boys are orphans, but we don’t know.

But for what was messing in background and fleshing out, the issue made up for in story. It moves quickly, not getting bogged down, and lays out the foundation for the rest of the series. The background will come as the series progresses. Price does a good job giving just enough, just what is needed to lay the foundation. For example, the story is laid out that it doesn’t matter if the boys are orphans or not, just that they are there and become involved.

Isaacs art is wonderful. Highly detailed and well proportioned. Her lines are tight and her layouts keep the story flowing smoothly. The shot of the half decomposed dog is creepy and Isaacs shows the emotion of the girl beautifully. The two page spread is well done with little bits here and there showing the horror of what is happening, but also how some others are enjoying it.

Magus #1 receives
5 out of 5

I was hyped for this series and I wasn’t disappointed.

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