Books of Magic #3

Writer: Kat Howard Artist: Tom Fowler Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: January 2, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 5
7.5Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

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The body of Tim's teacher, Mr. Brisby, has been discovered, and the scene is grisly-could his killing have been a ritualistic act? Tim tries to comfort his classmates, but finds himself in need of his own protector.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Jan 3, 2019

    This book is just so good. I sit impatiently each month waiting for the next book. Do yourself a favor and get caught up on this book. You will be so pleased with your purchases. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Jan 2, 2019

    Howard and Fowler beautifully leave their mark on this series and within the Sandman Universe imprint as a whole. Yet another stunning issue by all accounts, building further anticipation for the issues soon to come as Timothy Hunter grows into the universes most powerful magician. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 2, 2019

    Tom Fowler's art continues to add some impressive and detailed visuals to this story. There are several vibrant and well done panels that showcase the emotions of the characters in the scene as well as the beauty of the world of magic. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Watch - Steve Batley Jan 21, 2019

    Some underscore of foreboding with hints of hidden plot points to follow. Things are getting intriguing and I can almost hear the ominous music as Tim follows the road to his destiny. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 2, 2019

    Of all the books in this line, it feels like the one that's keeping the truest to its original source material. Even if it has reset Tim to an earlier stage in his quest, it's keeping things fresh and classic at the same time. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Benjamin Novoa Jan 2, 2019

    Plenty of comics are striving for readers attention, but Books of Magic #3 stands out among them. If you're looking for a comic outside of the standard superhero genre, Books of Magic has it all. Magic, mystery, and sincere character work makes Books of Magic a must-read. Give Tim's tale of death and consequences a chance and you will not be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Jan 15, 2019

    Its still early enough to get in on this book from the beginning, and I would highly recommend doing so. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 8, 2019

    The Books of Magic is teasing more and more of what's to come in a light way as right now it's focused on how Tim's coping with everything. There's a lot of things going on with him at this point but it's keeping it mostly narrow, such as wanting to do right by his father and with those around him that he cares about. Kat Howard may be moving things a bit slower than I care for here but I'm also enjoying the pacing. It's making me wish this was like the original prestige series where each volume was twice as long so that there was more than just the quiet spaces like this that's building the world. It's a solid installment and I'm looking forward to more, and a re-read of what came before. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jan 13, 2019

    Books of Magic gives us a man-on-the-street entry point into the Sandman Universe. Tim is an average, awkward kid, just like so many of us, so seeing him suddenly get caught up in the wide world of magic with all of its risks and consequences is riveting. He could save the world or destroy it and that will all be dictated by where he goes next. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jan 3, 2019

    Built up with slender panels and expressive character models, Books of Magic #3 is a fine-looking low point for the new Sandman Universe title. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Sequential Planet - Frdric Bentley Jan 4, 2019

    Sadly it simply isn't good enough to fill the massive boots left by past Books of Magic comics. The art is lazy at one point, although overall it is good, the story doesn't advance that much, which is a shame as the characters are truly great, especially Mad Hettie. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Chris Jan 2, 2019

    An interesting (though kinda flat) outing with Tim Hunter as he deals with the guilt for his actions last issue.  Unfortunately not much meat on the bone this time around.  Hopefully this picks back up again next issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Epicstream - Brian McCormick Jan 9, 2019

    This issue might read better in trade format, but for a single issue, it's a bit thin. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Christian Hoffer Jan 2, 2019

    There's a disjointed feel to this comic, as events important to the plot are brought up after the fact. Read Full Review

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