King: Mandrake the Magician #1

King: Mandrake the Magician #1

Writer: Roger Langridge Artist: Jeremy Treece Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: February 18, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10
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"It's time to put on a SHOW!" Welcome to the KING, full of IMPOSSIBLE TRICKERY and DEMONIC DESTRUCTION and HEARTBREAKING VILLAINY and WITCH DOCTORING and GLOBAL CATASTROPHE and SMIRKING SLEIGHT-OF-HAND and DAPPER DETERMINATION! Witness MAGICAL MYSTERY by Eisner-Award Winner ROGER LANGRIDGE (Thor the Mighty Avenger) and JEREMY TREECE (Marvel Zombies) with a connecting King cover by comic legend DARWYN COOKE!

  • 8.5
    Geek Sushi - Peter Rodriguez Feb 19, 2015

    Before there was Doctor Strange, before there was Constantine, before there was Thomas Alsop, there was Mandrake the Magician. Both Langridge and Treece have pulled one out of the rabbit's hat and delivered a first issue that in the spirit of Mandrake is truly hypnotic. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Feb 22, 2015

    If you are looking for a magic fix in your comics and Doctor Strange, and Zatanna aren't doing it for you right now, then check out King: Mandrake the Magician #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Feb 18, 2015

    King: Mandrake the Magician #1 is a fun outing that knows its primary character well enough to keep my attention. And for that it earns a recommendation from me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Glen Davis Mar 9, 2015

    A good effort, and the cartoonish art by Jeremy Treece helps to sell the surrealist magic at work in the book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Feb 23, 2015

    "King: Mandrake the Magician" #1 is a great addition to the King Features celebration and a nice introduction to (or reminder of) one of the oldest comic book magicians. Langridge and Treece give readers plenty to absorb here, including the source of Mandrake's motivation and the ever-expanding scope of his world. The opening chapter of a four-part series, "Mandrake: The Magician" #1 is a strong start for what promises to be a fun adventure. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Stuart Addison Feb 21, 2015

    Mandrake the Magician #1 is an intriguing start to what could be a truly magical series Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Inter-Comics Podcast - Mathew R Wilmot Feb 18, 2015

    While this may only be the first issue and little plot is revealed Mandrake the Magician is an immensely fun and utterly stunning book to look at. It has already proved itself worthy of the title 'King,' let us hope that the quality continues and we end up with a fantastic story too. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Ben Penfold-Marwick Feb 17, 2015

    This Mandrake seems to be have Stark's cockiness in performance only, while in private he's a much more sombre guy. This was a nice surprise and seems to balance fun with gravitas. The nods to warriors from Mongo and references to Ming give me hope that we'll be seeing more of those familiar characters in future storylines. I look forward to seeing what magical journey Mandrake will take us on over the next three issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Aaron Halverson Feb 18, 2015

    What really drives the score up on this, for me, is the potential that the series has as well as what it could add to the universe. Mandrake could do a really good job filling in the Dr. Strange role. A device to explore the more esoteric side of the Pulpy-verse, using its unique art to be different and psychedelic in contrast to the other books in their line-up. While this issue feels kind of like filler I'm really looking forward to the next issue where it looks like things will amp up. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 19, 2015

    There's some potential behind Dynamite's new Mandrake comic, although it's still got some kinks to work out of its act first. Read Full Review

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