The Magicians #1

Writer: Lilah Sturges Artist: Pius Bak Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: November 6, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 2
7.6Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

* Series creator Lev Grossman returns to BOOM! Studios for an all-new story in the world of The Magicians with Lilah Sturges and artist Pius Bak that features the first appearance of the next generation of heroes and villains!
* Long after Quentin Coldwater has graduated from Brakebills, Dean Fogg welcomes the first class in Brakebills history to include hedge magicians, who are known for being dangerous practitioners of unsanctioned magic.
* As these two student bodies clash to prove their superiority, everyone at Brakebills is forced to take a side - not realizing a new threat has target more

  • 9.1
    Geek'd Out - Aaron Roberts Nov 6, 2019

    While The Magicians #1 does a whole lot right, there are a few rough edges. I was a bit confused the first time through the book. It took me multiple readings to pick up on the whole story, and Im still not sure Ive filled in all the cracks. The setup for issue #2 is also a little weak, and this issue could have used a few more moments of exposition. But the allure of magic is in the wonderment, and no good magician reveals their tricks. Thats something The Magicians #1 excels in. It gives you just enough to hook you but leaves you wanting so much more. Its a captivating entry point into a much larger world and an adventure thats sure to have many more tricks up its sleeve. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Nikko Soto Nov 6, 2019

    Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Magicians #1. It's a new start to an already immensely popular series. This new group shows such promise for never-before-seen magical adventures that I'm extremely looking forward to. The fact that they need to team up with Brakebills students who may not be as excited for them to be there adds this new dynamic within this universe. The ending was completely unexpected but sets the tone for how I imagine the rest of the series will go. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Nov 6, 2019

    By the end of the first issue, there is a twist that will shock just about everyone, particularly longtime fans of The Magicians. As I said above, the acceptance of hedge magicians was only one of the big changes going on around Brakebills. The other was a twist which changed the game within the classroom. This didn't quite explain what motivated the changes at Brakebills, but for the first issue it is understandable that they want to give us a good reason to come back for issue #2. Overall, The Magicians #1 is a book worth picking up whether you are a new or longtime fan. The time was spent wisely to make sure this was a new experience at the core. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Patrick Cavanaugh Nov 6, 2019

    Rather than spoon-feed its readers required exposition, the characters and their conversations help clarify those points, all while driving the narrative forward. Add to that a rather exciting display of magical abilities in the book's final sequence, include an immensely effective fourth-wall-breaking moment, and any fan of wizards and witches, no matter when you know about Magicians, will be given an enticing first installment of a promising miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon Mudd Nov 7, 2019

    Fans of the books and the television show will enjoy it as will Harry Potter fans who always wondered what it would be like if Hogwarts students talked the way 'real kids' talked. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Nov 6, 2019

    Sturges and Bak are no strangers to The Magicians; whilst it can be fun spending an extended amount of time in one particular world or genre, there comes a point when you have to question whether there is actually anything new being done. This possible malaise is not restricted to indie books; the same argument could be used with Batman where there is yet another Batman vs Bane confrontation going down. In the interest of fairness, Mrs H, as mentioned a fan of the show, had a look at this book and found it confusing. So there you have it, on this occasion The Magicians have failed to impress a comic fan and a fan of the TV show, with their almost adult like Harry Potter tricks. Read Full Review

  • 5.6
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina Nov 6, 2019

    Overall it was a satisfactory 1st issue. I do look forward to seeing the students' attempts to deal with this incident, which I can already tell will lead to an even more dramatic situation. Going forward, it's kind of difficult to put the crystal ball on this, because the world building is done yet and it is the latest iteration in an already crowded Magical Fantasy field. Read Full Review

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