Books of Magic #16

Writer: Kat Howard Artist: Tom Fowler, Craig A. Taillefer Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: January 22, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 7
8.3Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Tim's burgeoning magical abilities got onto the radar of the London police, but he was able to keep them at bay...until Detective Celia Culpepper of the Other Side took his case. She's a sorcerer herself-quite a powerful one, it seems-and now there's no place Tim can hide! But should he hide? Or does Celia have much grander plans for Tim than locking him away? He'd better decide what side she's on soon...because Tim's evil doppelga nger is on the loose, and Tim can't stop him on his own!

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Steve Batley Jan 28, 2020

    Things are taking a turn for the worst from every conceivable angle and its getting hard to see where there will be any respite. The writing and art are the most in tune theyve been the whole series so far. Which is great news for readers. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 22, 2020

    All of the art is filled with beautiful details and the panels convey a cinematic quality that captures both the drama of the moments, but also the magic of the world. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 22, 2020

    Tim's indoctrination into the world of magic has been shown before, but I don't know if it's ever been this disturbing. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 28, 2020

    Books of Magic continues to move forward with what the Other-Tim is doing in order to change Tim's path and the level of frustration is growing pretty quickly. There's no patience here to do what's needed which is why those who have watched over him for as long as they have are as successful as they have been so far. I like what Kat Howard is doing here even if it's taking a touch long to get there because it has to unfold at a certain pace. And I continue to love Fowler's approach to presenting this world, making it worth spending the time on all the details and the layouts themselves. I'm looking forward to seeing what's next still. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Jan 22, 2020

    Sixteen issues in and Kat Howard and company is still pitching a shut out. I say leave them on the mound for as long as they want. While this book is slow, it is still be best book in The Sandman Universe. I will anxiously wait to find out who can help Tim this time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Jan 22, 2020

    This is another solid entry in the Books of Magic series. The tension continues to build in each issue and the next one promises a reckoning. How will these events shape Tim? Will they tip him towards good or evil? Only time will tell, but I’ll make sure to keep reading each issue to find out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Corey Patterson Jan 22, 2020

    Writer Kat Howard portrays Tim's existential crisis well. Using the tools of magic and fantasy, she illustrates a search for identity in a relatable way. Readers can resonate with doubts about their true "goodness" and questions of who they really want to be in this life. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Jamie Lovett Jan 22, 2020

    It's fine, but at some point, the series needs to remind us why we care. Read Full Review

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