Tim Hunter takes a trip to the school library in the latest issue of Books of Magic. Kat Howard and Tom Fowler do a superb job of blending high school drama/trauma with dark, magical turns.
Fowler composes a sequence in the library particularly well, making it equally hilarious and humiliating. Can’t spoil it, though.
The mood shifts between comedic and ominous, and yet there manages to be a down to earth realism about it all.
The conclusion is a great tease for the following issue, as Tim Hunter decides to take up an offer made long ago, back in the original miniseries.
Tying it to that series, and to the larger magical DC universe, is important for the book, I think. It’s not Harry Potter, and though it ought to be an easy sell to lovers of that universe, Tim is more than a “copy” who predated Potter. He was introduced to feel like a new core figure for that universe. I hope to see him build towards that in this book.
But that might be a lot to be tossing at the series for issue 4. Whatever. I am enjoying it, and liking where it seems to be going. Nuff said.