Magi is set on a world that is an alternate version and recreation of the ancient Old World (similar to ancient Persia). About 14 years before the story begins, several magic castles (of various architectural styles) begin to appear in this world. These mysterious ruins are known as “Dungeons,” and they are full of treasures and traps. Aladdin, who is a Magi, and his friend, King Alibaba Saluja, embark on a dangerous and deadly adventure into those Dungeons to find fortune and glory and more adventure.
As Magi, Vol. 24 (Chapters 229 to 238) opens, Aladdin concludes the tragic history of Alma Tran. Ugo takes on a difficult spell, while Solomon battles his father, David. David makes a shocking move that transforms Solomon in some ways. Solomon will enter the “Flow” and meet the dark god, Il-Irrah. Queen Sheba will battle her friend, Arba. See the birth of the evil group, Al-Thamen. Plus, the origins of Aladdin, Magi, metal vessels, djinn, dungeons, Tran people, and more.
THE LOWDOWN: The Magi manga (subtitled The Labyrinth of Magic) packed so much adventure and so many subplots in its previous 20+ graphic novels. With the beginning of a new story arc in Vol. 21, creator Shinobu Ohtaka packs the story with history.
Magi Volume 24 is epic, but personally, this is not one of my favorite volumes of this series. The history and origin stories are interesting, but I am interested in the present. Still, longtime readers will find many questions: who, what, when, and where answered.
I READS YOU RECOMMENDS: Readers, especially young manga readers, looking for adventure stories will want to read the “Shonen Sunday” title, Magi.