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Rather a who s who of the DC comic world of magic, mixed with a bit of real magic.What Real magic As in great storytelling, great art, a big portion of myth and a muchhuge portion of fascination You bet A kid very much like Harry Potter might have been starts a journey of discovery, with four wise ass men from the magical side of Detective Comics, ostensibly to see if he wants to keep upon the path of a magical destiny Give him the principles and a feel for the cost, show him the dark Rather a who s who of the DC comic world of magic, mixed with a bit of real magic.What Real magic As in great storytelling, great art, a big portion of myth and a muchhuge portion of fascination You bet A kid very much like Harry Potter might have been starts a journey of discovery, with four wise ass men from the magical side of Detective Comics, ostensibly to see if he wants to keep upon the path of a magical destiny Give him the principles and a feel for the cost, show him the dark side, let him hope for the light, and put him in constant peril while keeping an eye on him or not.All told, it s one hell of a journey less like the Inferno andlike a dive into the human psyche to revel in our imagination and our sense of wonder.For all that, it works brilliantly.Whatever happened to our sense of wonder, anyway Perhaps it s just slumbering, waiting for that one good story to kiss us and shock us awake after long last This one feels like a genuine Gaiman even though it s filled to the brim with stock DC franchise characters The point is the journey, after all, not the reiteration of the franchises the artwork in The Books of Magic is splendid, a real treat John Bolton, Scott Hampton, and Paul Johnson create shadowy, smearily impressionistic, layered, slowly shifting, ambiguously dream like imagery that throws everything into question, including the narrative itself classic fairy tale illustrator Charles Vess brings his own unique and enchanting style to his piece the results are quite different reminscent of the stylized, now retro illustrations in old children s books like The Wizard the artwork in The Books of Magic is splendid, a real treat John Bolton, Scott Hampton, and Paul Johnson create shadowy, smearily impressionistic, layered, slowly shifting, ambiguously dream like imagery that throws everything into question, including the narrative itself classic fairy tale illustrator Charles Vess brings his own unique and enchanting style to his piece the results are quite different reminscent of the stylized, now retro illustrations in old children s books like The Wizard of Oz , but are also suberb Vess is a perfect artist for the third book s journey into Faerie.sadly enough, the art was the most arresting thing about this first volume initially a 4 part miniseries of The Books of Magic the series is all about young Tim Hunter s introduction to and adventures in The Dread World of Magick Tim himself is a surprisingly unappealing protagonist not only drawn as a homely, weaselly lad, but given dialogue that is often wearyingly ignorant or snarky Tim Hunter is not really the big issue i have with this collection although he is a small part of it he s just not an enjoyable traveling companion it is the narrative itself the writing is fine, Gaiman is a masterful writer and so, page by page, it is as polished as one would expect but the story pretty much amounts to a guidebook to DC s magical realms and wide range of magically powered folks for a comic book nerd like myself, reading what is essentially a beautifully illustrated List of People Things is a fun time it certainly had me combing my memory and wikipedia to figure out the backstories and eventual fates of all the characters but coming from the mind of the guy who wrote Sandman an all time favorite and the one long running comic book series that i would recommend to anyone , i can t help but feel really disappointed The Books of Magic is lacking in both resonance and imagination fun but forgettable.along the way, Tim meets Baba Yaga and Titania and members of Gaiman s own pantheon, The Endless he sees glimpses of the Beginning of Time, Faerie Land, Skartaris, Gemworld an odd choice , the 30th century future of the Legion of Super heroes and Sorceror s World, the various Ends of Time he is guided by The Phantom Stranger, Doctor Occult and his other half, Rose Psychic , John Constantine, Mister E, and Zatanna who makes the extremely dippy blunder of taking Tim to a Halloween gathering of Magic Super Villains oh, Zatanna, how typical , and he encounters Zatanna s father Zatara and Sargon the Sorcerer both killed off by Alan Moore during Crisis on Infinite Earths , Jim Corrigon The Spectre, Jason Blood The Demon, Boston Brand Deadman, Kent Nelson Doctor Fate who we find has a rather appalling fate in store for himself at the end of time , Madame Xanadu, Baron Winter, Tala, The Wizard, Tannarak, Felix Faust, and the ever annoying Doctor 13 happily killed off by Grant Morrison during Seven Soldiers of Victory best of all for me at least was a glimpse into the possible far future and a tiny little bit in the corner of one panel there, showing Klarion the Witchboy kicking The Spectre s ass in a magic battle i always knew Klarion could take down Spectre if he put his mind to it Wow I ve already read another comic by Neil Gaiman but this is truly a piece of art Timothy Hunter is a normal boy, or so it appears Four men approach him one day John Constantine, Doctor Occult, Mr E and Stranger Of all these characters I only knew Constantine The four propose to show the boy the ways of magic and put a choice before him to practice magic or to be normal.The four issues of this book are the travels he undertakes with each of these teachers.The first voyage leads th Wow I ve already read another comic by Neil Gaiman but this is truly a piece of art Timothy Hunter is a normal boy, or so it appears Four men approach him one day John Constantine, Doctor Occult, Mr E and Stranger Of all these characters I only knew Constantine The four propose to show the boy the ways of magic and put a choice before him to practice magic or to be normal.The four issues of this book are the travels he undertakes with each of these teachers.The first voyage leads through the past with the Stranger and we get to see Atlantis, Ancient Egypt, mythological creatures from ancient Greece and.The second voyage is with John Constantine through the present, during which Tim encounters several contemporary practitioners as well as magical creatures like werewolves.The third voyage is with Doctor Occult, who takes the boy to the worlds parallel to ours Fairyland chiefly amongst them and we get to encounter a baba yaga as well as the queen herself, Titania.The fourth and final voyage is with Mr E, who takes Tim into several possible futures until they reach the end of time itself.I must say, I m used to top notch writing from Gaiman but the story he conjured up here as well as certain revelations throughout the four issues defy description They touch so many themes and not just on the surface, but delve deep into these realms in such an eloquent and intelligent way We also get a few cameos, namely view spoiler Dream and Death and Stranger turns out to be their brother Destiny hide spoiler which made this loads of fun.Now, I know by now that there was a lawsuit again J.K Rowling once upon a time She was accused of plagiatism for using a lot of elements from this story for her Harry Potter books I have no idea if Neil Gaiman started that according to an old journal entry on his blog he didn t , but I do know that the accusations are rubbish and that it was therefore correct that the court dismissed the charges Yes, the boy especially once he has yo yo looks like what illustrators made Harry look like and it is about a young boy twelve who comes into contact with magic But that is where the similarities end no school, no ultimate enemy to fight, no prophecies, no friends and coming of age stuff,This book is so rich in wit and original ideas about what being human means, what imagination is and what it s for, guilt and absolution, faiths both ancient and contemporary , magic in all its forms, abstract concepts such as time, death and love and how one small choice can influence not just your own life but that of many others Everything has a price, there is always a consequence And it is all done in a slightly scary and dark way especially the last issue And we get LOTS of puns and literal meanings of phrases which is typical for Gaiman.Moreover, the art is simply stunning Sometimes blurry or chaotic but then again, chaos is one of the abstract concepts explored here At other times the images are extremely detailed and the colours always gorgeous I m not exaggerating when I say that this is beyond a doubt the best comic I ve ever read, possibly even the best story I ve ever read granted, I haven t read Sandman, but if that is only as good as this one, it ll be mindblowing No idea why this book isn twell known throughout the world but I m telling every person liking great art and an intelligent and meaningful story READ THIS BOOK I need to stop picking up Gaiman s work just because he s familiar when I look at the graphic novels shelf The Books of Magic was fine, but not something I m interested in continuing I really liked that every part had a different illustrator as it had a different tour guide for Tim. [ DOWNLOAD PDF ] ☪ The Books of Magic ☦ A quartet of fallen mystics dubbed the TrenchCoat Brigade is introduced in this first collection of the adventures of Timothy Hunter John Constantine, the Phantom Stranger, Dr Occult, and Mister E take Hunter on a tour of the magical realms Along the way he s introduced to Vertigo s greatest practitioners of magic and must choose whether or not to join their ranks Psychology: Themes and Variations the Phantom Stranger Complete Hungarian Dr Occult Goldie and Her Bears (Mischievous Fairy Tales, and Mister E take Hunter on a tour of the magical realms Along the way he s introduced to Vertigo s greatest practitioners of magic and must choose whether or not to join their ranks I belive in magic I belive in magic I came across this series at the library by pure chance and I m so glad I did because I probably would have never discovered it otherwise I was instantly drawn in from the first page, both by the story and the art The art is absolutely out of this world and really brings this story to life in such a great way The story itself is full of magic and awesomeness and heck of a lot of weirdness as well Some parts were so weird that I m left wondering if it just went over my head and I didn t get i I came across this series at the library by pure chance and I m so glad I did because I probably would have never discovered it otherwise I was instantly drawn in from the first page, both by the story and the art The art is absolutely out of this world and really brings this story to life in such a great way The story itself is full of magic and awesomeness and heck of a lot of weirdness as well Some parts were so weird that I m left wondering if it just went over my head and I didn t get it or if it was purposely done that way That was my only minor drawback with this one But it is still another magical read nonetheless from the brilliant mind of Gaiman Hmmm.I m not sure about this one There were moments when I had no idea what he was talking about There were some really cool sections that got me thinking Sometimes the font changed to a style that was difficult to read Oddly, G and S looked alike I own this, so I may have to try this one again at another time. This book is magic, simple as that A bit of a lengthy read, but you don t get the feeling of running around in circles or anything like that It just flows effortlessly, despite being highbrow in some places, especially the last chapter, Road to Nowhere Reminds me to reread it other than that, this is an amazing feat of textual magic. I once read a breathless and poorly written article about how this book totally ripped off Harry Potter I mean, PLEASE bespectacled English kid who can do magic DUH That was the general gist of the article it also pointed the plagiarism finger at Diana Wynne Jones for her Chrestomanci series It s just a shame that online articles can t be physically ripped into tiny pieces and stomped upon Clearly, anything about bespectacled English kids who can do magic has to be stolen from Harry Pot I once read a breathless and poorly written article about how this book totally ripped off Harry Potter I mean, PLEASE bespectacled English kid who can do magic DUH That was the general gist of the article it also pointed the plagiarism finger at Diana Wynne Jones for her Chrestomanci series It s just a shame that online articles can t be physically ripped into tiny pieces and stomped upon Clearly, anything about bespectacled English kids who can do magic has to be stolen from Harry Potter, right Too bad the article author and this was published in the online edition of a respectable newspaper, mind you didn t notice that The Books of Magic and the Chrestomanci books referenced Charmed Life and The Lives of Christopher Chant were all written before Harry Potter And no one wears glasses in the Jones books And the thousand other differences