Books of Magic #19

Writer: David Barnett Artist: Tom Fowler, Craig A. Taillefer Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: May 27, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 6
8.7Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

All Tim wanted to do was impress a pretty girl by getting the two of them into the Glastonbury Festival. But one poorly thought-out spell later, they've instead found themselves at a different festival-the ancient carnival of the realms, where all the worlds of magic go to let their hair (or tentacles, or tendrils of fire) down and have a good time! It's just a shame that for some species, "a good time" might turn out to mean "eating humans"...Don't miss the start of this two-part tale written by guest writer David Barnett (Punks Not Dead).

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Jun 9, 2020

    Books of Magic #19 is the beginning of a small, two part interlude into the main run of what is clearly the best book in the Sandman Universe. Tim is at his best when he is torn between being a teenager and being a magician. I cant believe I have wait a month after having to wait through the pandemic to get this. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Jamie Lovett May 29, 2020

    Readers will have to wait until the next issue to learn whether Barnett has anything interesting to say about this era or its storytelling tics. Still, this issue in a vacuum is a delightful dose of wry nostalgia. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 27, 2020

    This issue has a lighter tone than the last few arcs, but there's still a sense of genuine danger to it, and it's great to see Tim out of his element and acting more like a normal kid. More DC work for Barnett, please. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 29, 2020

    It didn't take much to get back into the groove of Books of Magic and getting a nice little side story for a couple of issues with no grand stakes is definitely welcome. It's good just to see Tim making a friend of some sort here and just coping with things in a way that feels very teenager-ly. Barnett's story has a good flow once it gets a little momentum underway and the introduction of Izzy works well for me as does getting to see Festival and adding another odd little dimension to things. It's a fun book with great artwork and plenty to see and do, which is welcome to get back into after a few months away. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Jun 2, 2020

    The trio of artists are tasked with creating a whole new realm distinct from the Dreaming or Faerie, and they succeed in the world of the Festival. Though it does resemble a town fair, there are enough distinct elements to make it stand on its own. Where the Festival really shines is in the creature designs, with some very interesting and grotesque figures popping up across the issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally May 26, 2020

    Fowler and Taillefer deliver some beautiful visuals throughout the story and the moments between Tim and Izzy are brilliantly done. I would have liked to see more of the grandeur and scope of Festival personally. Read Full Review

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