The Magic Order #1

The Magic Order #1

We live in a world where we've never seen a monster, and The Magic Order is the reason we sleep safely in our beds. Magic meets the mob in THE MAGIC ORDER, as five families of magicians—sworn to protect our world for generations—must battle an enemy who's picking them off one by one. By day, they live among us as our neighbors, friends, and co-workers, but by night, they a...

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Title:The Magic Order #1
Author:Mark Millar
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The Magic Order #1 Reviews

  • Anirudh

    I am not a Comic Book fan. I don't know who Mark Millar is, and I haven't read a lot of comics to be a fair reviewer. However, I absolutely loved this comic! It is so far very captivating and looks well designed.

    It is very difficult to write a good story in just 30 odd pages but the Magic Order impresses you. It feels like Harry Potter for grown ups. The comic in a way solves my biggest critique of the HP series that it is more suited for kids and grown ups who read grimdark would find it mild.

    I am not a Comic Book fan. I don't know who Mark Millar is, and I haven't read a lot of comics to be a fair reviewer. However, I absolutely loved this comic! It is so far very captivating and looks well designed.

    It is very difficult to write a good story in just 30 odd pages but the Magic Order impresses you. It feels like Harry Potter for grown ups. The comic in a way solves my biggest critique of the HP series that it is more suited for kids and grown ups who read grimdark would find it mild. However This comic redefines magicians and yanks them into our world of hate. rage and violence. I hope they continue to surprise

    Again, I am not a comic book reader but I liked the way this book was drawn. The expressions were good, the framing of a scene in a page was to me fantastic and I especially loved the use of colour black.

    Definitely recommended for both Fantasy and Comic fans alike.

  • Liz (Quirky Cat)

    This new series is Netflix’s first foray into the comic book world…and I’ve got to say I’m impressed. They managed to land Mark Millar for the series, who’s done some incredible series in the past (no pun intended there), so it isn’t terribly surprising, but it is nice.

    This series had no fear of starting out with a bang. Not literally, but it does start with a major move that’ll immediately grab your attention. I also enjoyed the magic system, what we’ve seen of it so far. I’m curious to see w

    This new series is Netflix’s first foray into the comic book world…and I’ve got to say I’m impressed. They managed to land Mark Millar for the series, who’s done some incredible series in the past (no pun intended there), so it isn’t terribly surprising, but it is nice.

    This series had no fear of starting out with a bang. Not literally, but it does start with a major move that’ll immediately grab your attention. I also enjoyed the magic system, what we’ve seen of it so far. I’m curious to see where things are going to go from here. Time will only tell.

  • Jedi JC Daquis

    The Magic Order has that mature Fantastic Beasts vibe which I'd definitely watch in Netflix.

    Besides that Facebook AR gimmick in the front cover, I bought this because Mark Millar always deliver a good first issue in his series. The Magic Order is no exception to that. It gives its readers that otherworldly vibe so real that it might just be existing in this world, bit we normal people kuat don't know it. This first issue is solid, smartly-written amd most of all, an enjoyable read.

    The plot eleme

    The Magic Order has that mature Fantastic Beasts vibe which I'd definitely watch in Netflix.

    Besides that Facebook AR gimmick in the front cover, I bought this because Mark Millar always deliver a good first issue in his series. The Magic Order is no exception to that. It gives its readers that otherworldly vibe so real that it might just be existing in this world, bit we normal people kuat don't know it. This first issue is solid, smartly-written amd most of all, an enjoyable read.

    The plot elements though are not that new in "secret society" stories. You have that usual death insode the order and conspiracy tropes that we have seen before. I bet a hundred bucks that there'd be a traitor character somewbere down the issues in this series.

    Overall, I'd recommend The Magic Order to anybody. You rarely see a comic series about magic in the real world.

  • Rachel

    An interesting twist to magicians.

  • Derek

    Wow! Impressive! The artwork is super amazing, and the whole book has that Fantastic Beasts vibe which is irresistible. Great story, not the first time I've come across orders and magicians being hunted down but I have a good feeling about this one.

  • Shannon

    This is published by Netflix which is kind of strange, no?

    Promising start at least.

  • Sam Quixote

    Gob Bluth is why I can’t take magicians in fiction seriously anymore - in the best possible way, because Arrested Development is too damn funny! But y’know what? Surprisingly, The Magic Order #1 wasn’t abracada-bad. Even more shocking - this was written by Hack Millar! Quite the trick indeed.

    So, despite thinking this was going to be a blatant copy of those pitiful magic/heist Now You See Me movies (years of reading Millar’s derivative output has conditioned me to expect the worst), The Magic Or

    Gob Bluth is why I can’t take magicians in fiction seriously anymore - in the best possible way, because Arrested Development is too damn funny! But y’know what? Surprisingly, The Magic Order #1 wasn’t abracada-bad. Even more shocking - this was written by Hack Millar! Quite the trick indeed.

    So, despite thinking this was going to be a blatant copy of those pitiful magic/heist Now You See Me movies (years of reading Millar’s derivative output has conditioned me to expect the worst), The Magic Order is actually The Godfather - with added sequins and wands. “Good” magicians are being assassinated by a dude who looks like Guy Davis’ The Marquis while dreary family drama plays out amongst The Magic Order.

    The murders are what interested me the most. The Marquis dude is creepy and visually striking, the killings are exciting and that last one is particularly imaginative and haunting. I quite liked the introduction of Cordelia Moonstone, the wayward escapist daughter, though the whole Moonstone family situation, as well as the “protectors of the world” flashback, felt like an uninspired rehash of Jupiter’s Legacy.

    I couldn’t have cared less about Gabriel Moonstone’s cheesy melodramatic backstory, the bad guys who showed up at the funeral were hammy as hell and seeing the different sides squaring off made me unintentionally laugh as it reminded me of the South Park psychics’ battles. I appreciate Olivier Coipel’s skilful art but I’m not hugely taken with it, though Dave Stewart’s painted colours are really something.

    Well, well – a half-decent Mark Millar comic at long last! Hopefully the rest of the title (and forthcoming Netflix adaptation) continues in this vein – or, dare I say it, gets better – but for now The Magic Order #1 is an auspicious beginning for this new series.

  • Al Young

    I consider myself as big as a Mark Millar fan as anyone, but I am a bit perplexed by the news of more Kick-A** and Kingsman movies being ordered. Surely, we are running out of steam on these franchises. This is on top of Millar partnering with Netflix for what is called the First Netflix Graphic Novel- the Magic Order.

    I don't really know what that means, my comic shop owner friend said he got traffic for The Magic Order that he never seen before. So, it apparently worked.

    I just think we have rea

    I consider myself as big as a Mark Millar fan as anyone, but I am a bit perplexed by the news of more Kick-A** and Kingsman movies being ordered. Surely, we are running out of steam on these franchises. This is on top of Millar partnering with Netflix for what is called the First Netflix Graphic Novel- the Magic Order.

    I don't really know what that means, my comic shop owner friend said he got traffic for The Magic Order that he never seen before. So, it apparently worked.

    I just think we have reached peak Millar for awhile, and getting excited over Millar seems so early-201xs like oh say, getting excited by a new something from Dane Cook or Blackeyed Peas or Glenn Beck.

    In any case, I still consider myself a big fan, so here we are.

    This comic had a few things besides the Netflix tie-in to get it some (**no such thing as bad**) publicity like full frontal male nudity and no reorders (only one printing).

    All that said, as much as I like Millar and the hype, The Magic Order falls a bit flat.

    There's plenty of the Millar sex and ultraviolence. I also don't blame Oliver Copiel who gives good illustrations as is often expected in Millarworld. It's not the pacing (at $4, the book moves quickly and isn't bogged with exposition, but still has plenty of content for money).

    Maybe it's not even the idea- which has been explained a few ways, but is hard to beat as a "Harry Potter meet The Sopranos". Millar doesn't seem to do a lot that grabs in the first issue. Surely, it suffers in comparison to the works of Warren Ellis who would have likely knocked this one out of the park. Though Millar surely has the ability, no one seems to be able to compete with warrior mages on the level of Ellis these days.

    Which is where this book ends for me. It's not bad, but nothing stands out. Perhaps I have read too many Vertigo titles over the years, but no character really stood out for me as well. Even at some of Millar's weakest points (MPH, Huck, Empress), I always took a heavy impression away from the story.

    I didn't really do that with The Magic Order, which surely could have been done by others (Ellis, Morrison) with more pizzazz, more humor (Ennis) or at least equally competently by the likes of Peter Milligan.

    I will stick with the series since there are elements there, but I am a bit underwhelmed walking out of issue one.

  • Carmen

    Not for children, obviously. Secret organization of wizards protects the world from bad things (demons, etc.) without their knowledge. But it's less Avengers and more Mafia. For instance, the comic opens with a wizard taking control of a little child and sending the child into his parents' bedroom to cut his father's throat with a butcher knife.

    You know. That sort of thing.

    Looks dark, but has promise. We'll see.

    I hear Netflix owns it and has rated it M for Mature. LOL

  • Brandon St Mark

    There were aspects of this I found really interesting, but I just don't have an desire to continue this. If it were an actual TV show on Netflix I might watch it, but as a comic I just don't care enough.

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