Podcast Episode 107: Top 5 Magic Characters

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Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn and caldron bubble.

Just in time for Halloween, Travis joins me to discuss our favorite magical comic book characters. Who will make the cut? Dr. Fate or Dr. Strange? Etrigan or Hellboy? Listen to find out! But first we briefly talk about the passing of Steve Dillon and then chat about the fantastic artist who’s coming to the 2017 Emerald City Comicon: José Luis García-López!

Who are your favorite magical characters? Let us know!

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RandoMonday: Books of Magic #52

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Books of Magic #52 by Peter Gross (story & layouts), Temujin (finishes), Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh/Jamison (c), Comicraft (l), and Michael Kaluta (cover)

Sometimes it’s a bit hard to write about a single issue of a series like Books of Magic because it had such a long, overarcing storyline. Regardless, Tim Hunter learns that his father is sending him to a boarding school with his horrible stepbrother, but to soften the blow, daddy tells him to go back to the old neighborhood to talk to his friends. The only problem with that is that none of his old friends care for him anymore, thinking he is the one who hurt their friend Molly (which is true). Meanwhile, Tim is being hunted by a Thomas Currie, who is wanting to find the One True Tim, and he thinks our boy is him. The issue ends with Mr. Currie accepting a position at the same boarding school that Tim will soon attend.

This issue reads as an epilogue to the previous story and as a prelude for what’s to come in the next arc, so it’s probably as close to a done-in-one as this series could get. While I was confused about the events referenced–it having simply been too long since I’ve read this series–I did enjoy the reread, and recall that I enjoyed the search for the One True Tim as the series marched to its inevitable end at issue 75.