A Fantastic First Issue From The Magic Order #1
The Magic Order #1
Spoiler alert: This review does contain spoilers for the first issue of The Magic Order.
The world is full of magic and monsters. You don’t see the monsters due to the magicians keeping the world safe. All that is at risk, however, as someone is starting to murder these caregivers of magic.
The Magic Order focuses on the Moonstone family, who are all, for the most part, involved in some sort of way with magic. Leonard is a stage magician. Cordelia is a reckless children’s entertainer. Regan helps his father. Then there’s Gabriel, who appears to want nothing to do with any of it. However, they are all thrust into the center of this horrific murder in their world and it’s only the beginning.
Mark Millar is one of those creators who is able to get incredible artists on his books and tell really entertaining stories. I feel like that’s just what The Magic Order is. It’s got its gruesome moments, like a child being magically forced to kill someone with a knife through the face. There’s colorful language and interesting characters sprinkled throughout the book. I expect nothing less from Mark and he totally delivers on this. One thing I always appreciate about Millar’s writing is that you get a good sense for who the bad guys really are. Their actions are so grand yet despicable that you know the stakes are going to be that high for the protagonist. This is the first book from Mark Millar that was sold to Netflix and if this is the kind of stories that we’ll be getting as part of the Millarverse-Netflix partnership, then consider this win-win. Even the use of magic here doesn’t feel like it has been lifted from pop culture.
Olivier Coipel’s art is beautiful in this book. Every page looks great. Dave Stewart helps those pages look spectacular with his color work. From a visual standpoint, this is as flawless a comic as there is. The various players in The Magic Order have a great design to them and Coipel spares no detail on their look. I was impressed. This is one of those books that I feel you enjoy a bit more (if possible) after a few reads and views.
I thought this was an absolutely great first issue for this mini-series. I have heard this described as a Harry Potter with foul language and that description doesn’t work, as this doesn’t feel like it borrows a concept from anywhere else. Millar and Coipel knock this out of the park. The Magic Order is fantastic stuff.