Books of Magic #4

Writer: Kat Howard Artist: Tom Fowler Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: January 30, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 5
8.8Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

Dr. Rose goes on a special assignment, leaving Tim to search the school library for more books only to be caught performing magic by his nemesis Tyler! Will Tim be able to explain what Tyler saw, or will he be outed as a magician?

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Jan 30, 2019

    The final few pages of this break your heart, then they weld it back together and give it an electric shock. Into the dreaming!? Here we go. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Nikko Soto Jan 30, 2019

    I really enjoyed reading this issue and I'm continuously impressed with every installment of the series. Part of what I like about the series is that the character of Tim's reminds me so much of Harry Potter. Since Gaiman's work was released first, it wouldn't surprise me if some inspiration from Tim was placed upon Harry. Regardless, this series continues to give a great story and will undoubtedly continue to do so. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Feb 6, 2019

    Continuing of the new era for the young wizard, Howard and Fowler continue to leave their mark on the title as a whole. Standing just a bit higher than its contemporaries within the Sandman Universe imprint, this series is a hallmark to DC comics and Neil Gaimans legacy. With the young Wizard headed into The Dreaming with the next issue, reader anticipation is sure to build as Timothy meets the new Sandman, Daniel. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 30, 2019

    Tom Fowler continues to deliver quality art in every page. From facial expressions to minor details, there is always something visually to catch your eye. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Feb 22, 2019

    But that might be a lot to be tossing at the series for issue 4. Whatever. I am enjoying it, and liking where it seems to be going. Nuff said. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Steve Batley Feb 10, 2019

    A solid issue that has much bubbling under the surface, boiling over at the finale to remind us all that magic can happen when we least expect it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 30, 2019

    The plotting feels a little scattershot at times " Tim is sent to the headmaster's office, but never actually goes and instead wanders out of school " but the mix of normalcy and looming supernatural elements is really appealing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Christian Hoffer Jan 30, 2019

    For the first time, Books of Magic doesn't feel like a generic "kid learns magic" story, and next month's trip into the Dreaming could really help open the series up further. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 5, 2019

    I continue to enjoy Books of Magic out of all the launch books the most and easing into Tim's life and what he struggles with is engaging. There are big stakes looming out there to be sure but right now everything is kept smaller and more personal, which works in its favor in my mind. Kat Howard gives us more of his day to day and some of the challenges there, the self-hate that comes into play at times, and intrigue with both Dr. Rose and Mr. Davies with what they show of themselves here. Tom Fowler really delights me with his design work here as the traditional flow is right for this book in the mundane world but he captures a quirkiness with the character designs and intrigues with the magic. I can't wait for more and hope that the skip months aren't common. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Indiana “Indy” Marlow Jan 31, 2019

    At the end of the day, this is a wondrous modern fairy tale with some genuinely likeable and relatable characters. It provides just the right amount of a mirror to our own world, along with plenty of escapism to ensure its readers become more and more interested with each passing issue. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Chris Jan 30, 2019

    After a bit of a stutter last issue, things are moving forward and a few interesting "trappings" are introduced and explored. Read Full Review

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