The Magic Order Vol. 1 – Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel Quick Review

The magic order vol 1. - Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel Quick Review
The magic order vol 1. – Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel Quick Review

The Magic Order Vol. 1 – Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel Quick Review

A dark, graphic, adult fantasy/horror comic. The Magic Order Vol. 1 though a little derivative, gives enough to hold and entertain you.

A secret magic order that holds the monsters at bay from the world is threatened by a wronged villain. Madam Albany is out to take the magic order protected evil tome and turn the way of things on its head. Cue magic, graphic murders, monsters and an angsty family full of tropes. Set within beautifully dark art (that is kind of the biggest redeeming quality of the whole thing).

I won’t go into the frustration of that consequence erasing ending because ugh, that really ruined the magic for me.

But I loved the art, was interested in the world, the magic, artifacts, monsters, even some of the characters. Say what you want, I am always into the girls like Cordelia. Dark, self aware, powerful, slightly on the crazy side packed into a “fuck it” attitude. There was the making of something there that I could easily love. God, I just wish there was a little more detail put into it than what was given which was a little sparse and rushed, TBH.

– 2/5 I would totally read more (if there’s more – I never know with these things) but that ending…

I have received a copy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

 

Cold Spots – Cullen Bunn, Sean Phillips & Mark Torres

Cold Spots - Cullen Bunn, Sean Phillips, Mark Torres Quick Review
Cold Spots – Cullen Bunn, Sean Phillips, Mark Torres Quick Review

Dan Kerr, a PI, is hired and sent to find wealthy Arthur warren’s missing daughter and grandchild. He finds his way to a remote town where paranormal ghosty things ensue.

To be blunt – the story overall doesn’t deliver on its promise of “unexpected twists and mounting dread”.

The first issue starts strong with creepy lingering unease in every frame. Everything is mysterious and dark and shadowy. It feels like there is something big to discover. A possibility of there being more to it than your standard ghost story. A possibility of digging further into characters who seem to have complicated histories and depth. The setup is great. It delivers.

But the whole story ends up rushed through and light on detail. The characters are mostly underwhelming, and the development and scale of the story didn’t go where I’d hoped it would.

There was a lot of potential within. Issues 1-5 are atmospheric and filled with horror tropes that I enjoyed, and I think it’s possible the story could have become something unique and intriguing. The art is gloomy with a surprising amount and use of color that is quite well suited for the whole vibe of the story. The characters had potential to be interesting with further development had they not been left mostly as face value figures.

I always find this to be the problem with miniseries. It’s just not enough. Nothing is given enough time and space to develop. I’m not sure if there are more issues to come (it seems as though there aren’t) but if there were, I think this would be something I could really enjoy.

-2/5 A dark and eerie miniseries that could have been more.

I have received a copy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.