***image2***Books of Magic 3 is a definite step up from the previous issue. But really, that is to be expected. This series clearly has a well thought out plot, and is not concerned with rushing to get there.
There are developments across the board here, in Tim’s personal life, with his schoolmates, and in his magical development. We also get to see some evil cult that is probably going to cause problems for him down the road.
Kat Howard balances all this very well. I loved the room full of sheep left over from Tim’s attempt to lull himself to sleep. The story moves effortlessly from realistic to fantastic, from humourous to chilling, without ever feeling forced.
Credit for that also has to be shared with Tom Fowler, who ties it all together with his art. He certainly seems to know what points to emphasize, either to draw out the humour, or push forward the unnerving.
If I recall correctly, I dropped the original run of Books of Magic (the ongoing series, not the miniseries) at around issue 3. It just wasn’t working for me. With this run, I am just getting more engaged with Tim and Rose. Not a chance I would drop it now.
It’s still early enough to get in on this book from the beginning, and I would highly recommend doing so.