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The Magic Order #2

by lucstclair on July 15, 2018

Writer : Mark Millar
Artist : Olivier Coipel
Publisher : Image

As more and more wizards are knocked off, the Moonstone family and a few wizard associates gather for an urgent meeting to discuss a plan. With this second issue, I really feel like the series is advancing. We learn about Cordelia’s colorful history in an escapist act that had me howling. New characters and locations are introduced like Uncle Edgar, who seems to be the caretaker of Moonstone Castle, the family’s safe haven for meetings, think Lucien from The Dreaming. There’s also Ray, a nerdy guy who runs The Vault, an area where magical objects, weapons and various doohickeys are supposedly kept safe, one such device is called a Soul Camera, it’s used quite predictively, but creatively. I guess I was a little surprised to see who was behind the murders, especially this early into the series, but I’m really digging it so far.

Millar’s writing for this story is very linear, events happen, characters are introduced, origins are depicted, boom, boom, boom. I love the pace and I can’t wait to see where he takes the reader next. Olivier Coipel’s art is absolutely stunning, with the assistance of Dave Stewart’s coloring, the pages and panels are dream-like and surreal, I wanted to cross into the painting myself to visit Moonstone Castle. I’ve always enjoyed Coipel’s work on Marvel’s Thor & X-Men, but here, it’s rougher and edgier. I think it’s his best work to date. 

I was never a huge Doctor Strange fan, even Harry Potter never really did it for me, but this feels like Image took those elements and made it for adults and I’m on board the magic train.
 

Our Score:

8/10

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