Books of Magic #2

Writer: Kat Howard Artist: Tom Fowler Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: November 28, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 6
8.2Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

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Tim embraces his access to magic, trying to do as much as he can as quickly as his power will let him. Overwhelmed by enthusiasm and impatience, he ignores Dr. Rose's warnings and fails to consider the consequences of his actions. And they could be dire.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Nov 28, 2018

    This is delightful. The focus on one story is the key. The Sandman Universe has been a bit uneven out of the gate and there are clearly a lot of stories to tell. The fact that this book has a singular focus helps. Dr. Rose, who has a lot of story to tell herself, is only here for Tim. Everything is about Tim or is Tim adjacent. That singular focus will keep the readers coming back. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Watch - Steve Batley Dec 4, 2018

    As the threats make themselves known, both in Tim himself and from external sources, this series is continuing to intrigue as well as charm with both characterisation and plotting, without rushing too fast to appease the quick fix and is true to the original vision of its creator. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 28, 2018

    The art in this issue is great. There are some beautifully detailed panels in this issue and the art has a great flow with the tone of the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Chris Nov 28, 2018

    Undoubtedly my favorite offering from the Sandman Universe line.  Tim Hunter is a fairly relatable character, who isn't looking to "fake it til he's made it".  The pacing is great, and the art is beginning to grow on me. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 4, 2018

    Though the second issue doesn't feel as clearly driven as the first issue was, mostly owing to reading so many other things between issues, there's a lot to like here. Tim's young and really eager because he wants to help others (for his own selfish but understandable needs) and that's going to lead to mistakes. Especially since he's unaware of the variety of dangers out there. Howard is setting things up well with what's going on and hinting at the bigger stakes while Fowler is keeping it all grounded for the most part, which makes the magical moments feel like they're all the more engaging and exciting. It's a solid book that I'm eager to see more of with what's intended to see if it can really capture what it is that Tim is all about. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Dec 26, 2018

    Im still a fan of the book. I just hope the next issue will be better. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 28, 2018

    I liked this issue, but it moves so quickly I couldn't love it. There's a lot of action in this one, but not many reveals. It's nice to see how things move along, but there isn't a lot of meat on its bones. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Christa Harader Dec 3, 2018

    "Books of Magic" #2 doesn't drop the momentum of the first issue, with more on Tim's struggle with his powers and the curiously dark world that awaits him. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Nov 28, 2018

    The opening issue left me a bit cold, but I am warming up to the new era of Books of Magic after its second issue. We have a bit more of an idea of the kind of dangers lurking outside Tim's door as well as his, and Dr. Rose's, capabilities. Second issues are always critical, especially for rebooted series, but Kat Howard, Tom Fowler, and Jordan Boyd take the foundation of their debut and build upward on it nicely, putting Tim and the readers in the thick of this magical mystery that can only get weirder, and hopefully better, from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 28, 2018

    Overall, Tim's story continues to intrigue me, but I'm not sure the deliberate pace fully works for the series. Still, the line as a whole remains a strong read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Indiana “Indy” Marlow Nov 29, 2018

    The only time theres any real brightness to the panels is when Tim is out of his house on one of his adventures, or when a character like Dr Rose walks into the panel. This not only shows how magic is lighting up Tims life but also that it still exists in the dull and boring world us readers, and the other normals in the story, live in every day. And Tim is our way in, courtesy of his stumbling journey through the pages of the books of magic. If he doesnt get gutted like a fish first, that is. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Nov 29, 2018

    This Books of Magic series is proving to be far slower-paced than the original Gaiman series. It's not bad " just different " but it is now apparent that Kat Howard is taking her time with this story and setting up the rules of magic in this reality. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Christian Hoffer Nov 28, 2018

    Books of Magic #2 is a definite improvement over the first issue. Instead of portraying Tim Hunter as a generic teen seeking to learn magic, now he's a sullen troubled teen that wants to use magic as a cure-all to fix his family. Read Full Review

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