Gutter Magic #1

Gutter Magic #1

Writer: Rich Douek Artist: Brett Barkley Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: January 13, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 2
8.3Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Cinder Byrnes has been trying to lie, cheat, and steal his way into wizardry his entire life, and he's finally got the key to unlocking the power of magic. But first, he needs to stay one step ahead of the sorcerous crime lord that wants him dead. Writer Rich Douek and Artist Brett Barkley present an action-packed urban fantasy tale, set in a modern New York City where World War II was fought with magic.

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - Ash Bartlett-Needham Jan 13, 2016

    If you are looking for a magical world with relatable characters and a fast paced adventure storyline, then Gutter Magic #1 is definitely a comic you should not miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jan 12, 2016

    There's a certain brand of magic in this series and it doesn't come from a wand: great storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jan 17, 2016

    I thoroughly enjoyed being introduced to the world of Gutter magic in this debut issue. Rich Douek has created a world that I'm going to love seeing explored in upcoming issues augmented by the great art of Brett Barkley. This landed a spot on my pull list and I look forward to meeting “The Morgue” in issue #2! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Christopher Calloway Jan 12, 2016

    This is a wakeup call for comic readers who love fantasy. This one is the sleeper comics of the week I rate buy on sight. I can't wait to see what else springs from the fertile imaginations of Douek, Barkley et al in the next installment of IDW's four-part Gutter Magic series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 12, 2016

    That said, Gutter Magic is definitely the best-case scenario for Comics Experience, as this book definitely shows what a team of new creators can do with the right mentorship. This book moves fast and liberally cherry-picks from multiple genres to make this series feel at once familiar and brand-new. Cinder's quest for magic is as strong of a premise as any, and here's the kicker - this creative team has already found it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fanboys Inc - Buddy Beaudoin Jan 12, 2016

    Gutter Magic is ferociously entertaining. The creative team on all accounts have done something marvelous in building this world and birthing its characters. The resulting pages of that effort are a joy to read. Get this book on your radar! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Jeff Marsick Jan 14, 2016

    Once a self-published gem, it's nice to see this book get the mainstream attention from IDW it deserves. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Amani Cooper Jan 13, 2016

    Rich Douek paces this book really well. There were plenty of opportunities for predictable turns, but Douek surprised me with some of them. Of course you still have your common thief on the run story, but it is still a good read. The marketplace chase just might be my favorite scene because of how cool it is. Also, points go out to letterer Nic J. Shaw for putting up with those magic symbols and incantations. Now that the fantasy and steampunk side of the story has been set up, it will be interesting to see how the modern world will play into it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Jan 14, 2014

    Gutter Magic is an enjoyable read full of clearly defined characters in a world that is both intriguing and fun. You can't take anything for granted in a magical environment, and that kept me moving from page to page quickly. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Jan 12, 2016

    Gutter Magic #1 is an exciting, dark fantasy adventure that will want you coming back for more. It has awe-inspiring magic battles, cool magical artifacts, interesting and well thought out characters, and some great artwork. There are some minor setbacks with one out-of-place line of dialogue and some issues with the art. This is one you will want to check out if you are looking for something different in your fantasy genre that has an exciting, dangerous, and interesting world. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jan 13, 2016

    Gutter Magic #1 is an action-packed urban fantasy tale which sets the bar for any of this kind to follow throughout the year. Great sense of world building and character appeal. Definitely a new title you don't want to miss getting into because it could easily be a mini series that could come back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Jan 12, 2016

    Gutter Magic is a skilfully crafted labour of love for Rich Douek. It looks to be a good old fashioned seat-of-your-pants adventure series set in a ridiculously well thought out locale. The world in which were introduced has moved on from technology to magic, but the answer to Cinders quest seems to point back to the technological past to complete his magical future (this will make a lot more sense once youve read issue one). The execution of the narrative and art are fitting to the themes of the story and, if Im going to be honest, are really good fun. This is entertaining stuff. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdophiles - Kylee Sills Jan 13, 2016

    Gutter Magic has carved out a niche for itself inside of genres that feel familiar, while presenting them in new and interesting ways " magic isn't going to be the easy answer to all of Cinder's problems (though whether he understands that or not is something to be seen in the rest of the issues) and that makes the journey all the more interesting for readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Jan 14, 2016

    With all that said, there are some places to improve. This is a four issue miniseries so there's understandably a need to streamline things but I didn't really feel like I left knowing Cinder. I know what he wants and I know how he plans to get it but I don't know what makes him tick. I don't know what he likes and what he doesn't like. I would like to see the second issue flesh out his character a bit more but not lose the momentum that this issue sets up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - StephenFn Dec 18, 2015

    An Incredibly Interesting take on the fantasy genre, well paced and full of Intriguing characters and plot turns, this issue is well worth a read and I look forward to the magic to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jan 13, 2016

    Gutter Magic #1 is an impressive debut that has a lot to accomplish. It had to build a brand new world while making me care about a new character I have no tie to and hook me with an adventure in just 1 issue. It did, and that's impressive. Douek, Barkley and Rivera have a solid fantasy adventure comic here with Gutter Magic #1 and if you enjoy The Autumnlands, Steampunk worlds or a The Dresden Files, I'd definitely recommend you check this out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Jan 13, 2016

    So, Gutter Magic is off to an OK start with a caution that there's a lot more story that could stand to be told here. Let's see if it can pull it all together in the remaining three issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Arpad Okay Dec 10, 2015

    Cinder finds himself in a library at the issue's start and a bookstall at its end. His past and his power are hidden in books, but there's something more to their presence in Gutter Magic than that. Rich Douek is an Alonso Quixano, surrounded by every kind of book, and their stories become his stories. Stories of derring-do, of magic and monsters, ghosts and pirates, stories of people surrounded by books. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - AD Boorman Jan 11, 2016

    Hopefully, this creative team will continue to maintain and improve on the quality of the writing and artwork.  This is a comic with a lot of promise. I hope they can deliver. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Kieran Docherty Jan 12, 2016

    This is the best comic I've read in a while and I'm genuinely excited for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Jan 10, 2016

    The artwork is well done, with a degree of realism in both the human and non-human characters. Even the world is well done, with an extreme attention to the post WWII world, with minor elements of steampunk that can be seen in some of the panels. Of course that does explain the slight Victorian dress of the characters, over a more modern style of clothing but, that works with the story well. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven Phillips Nov 23, 2015

    Gutter Magic offers intriguing gestures toward a world of wonder, without much in the way of follow-through. This is to low fantasy what cyberpunk is to hard science fiction. It's dirty, rough, paranoid, and dangerous. I hope subsequent issues can rally the comic's strengths and better support that core. I hope the book gets where it's going soon. Read Full Review

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