Books of Magic #5

Writer: Kat Howard Artist: Tom Fowler Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: February 27, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 3
8.6Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

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Pursued by nightmares he can't remember and haunted by his inability to sleep, Timothy Hunter heads to the one place he knows he'll definitely find answers: the Dreaming. But the cost of such knowledge may be more than he bargained for...

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Steve Batley Mar 2, 2019

    In what has so far been a tale grounded within the real world, we now take an inventive and refreshingly cooling dip in the pool that is Dream and a delightful divergent trip it is too. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Indiana “Indy” Marlow Feb 27, 2019

    Rounding things out, the artwork of Tom Fowler and Jordan Boyd adds to the real magic of this book, with the Disney-esque feel of the character design making them truly stand out against the weird, insanity-induced fantasy land that The Dreaming has now become. If I were looking for a perfect summary of the aesthetic and feel of the book it would be in the panels of two familiar brothers regaling Tim with warm friendly smiles, only to suddenly turn into grotesque demons clawing at each others throats. And thats exactly what The Books of Magic is, a magical journey into the truth of what the world really is. Amazing, but bloody dangerous at the same time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Mar 4, 2019

    As we reach the penultimate issue of the first story arc, we find ourselves on the edge of our seats and totally enthralled. Because Howard and company really spent the time doing the deep character work, the pacing issue is overcome. Having already seen the cover of issue six (it is on the last page), I am so excited for what is to come and you should be too. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 27, 2019

    Tom Fowler's beautiful artwork continues to capture the imagination. I was interested in seeing his interpretation of the Dreaming through the visual style of this book and was not disappointed. Everything looked amazing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Mar 7, 2019

    Although billed as the first meet up between Timothy and Daniel, the current Sandman, this chapter still finds its charm sans the Lord of Dreams. Howard and Fowler continue to produce a heartwarming title for this imprint and to store shelves as a whole. With horror waiting around every corner, Timothy is in for a rude awakening after being on an impromptu vacation in The Dreaming. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Mar 31, 2019

    While I wish a bit more had happened during this issue, the blurb for the next one informs us that Tims trip to the Dreaming will have consequences. Since more is to come, I will reserve judgement on that. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 27, 2019

    This has been a very deliberately-paced series so far, feeling apart from the rest of the universe. That's ending now, as it's clear that even if Tim Hunter was content to stay out of the war, the war is coming for him. Read Full Review

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

    With the next issue bringing the opening story to a close, which looks to take us back to school as the teacher there is organizing things to bait and capture Time, this one spends almost all of its time in the Dreaming. And it pays off well as there's some good stuff we learn about Tim or how Tim is perceived along with seeing how the new version of the Dreaming is coming together outside of the actual book. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Corey Patterson Feb 27, 2019

    A philosophical reflection on the nature of truth, told through the experiences of a curious young wizard. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Chris Feb 27, 2019

    Tim visits the Dreaming and has himself a time.  Some interesting trappings, yet... I can't shake the feeling that something is missing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Christian Hoffer Feb 27, 2019

    Honestly, I felt Hunter spent too much time in the Dreaming, as the scant pages spent in the real world felt much more interesting and had a lot more consequences to the main plot. Read Full Review

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