The Magic Order, Vol. 1

The Magic Order, Vol. 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 th...

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The Magic Order, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Jakub Kvíz

    A fun, action-packed story about the order of wizards living in our world and protecting us from evil and darkness. But it's mostly about members of The Magic Order being killed one by one.

    It's similar to Millar's Reborn where the reader is thrown into a complex world with little explaining but The Magic Order is a really easy-to-read story with perfect art and huge plot hole at the end.

    I wonder if this is just a "preview" for possible Netflix TV show or if Millar plans to do more.

  • Chad

    This is Millar's best idea he's had in years, perfectly executed by Olivier Coipel and Dave Stewart. Yes, it's a simple concept. Evil magicians start murdering good ones in order to obtain an all-powerful book. Millar leaves a ton of meat on the bone focusing on the basic story instead of character. But it's so well done though, that I want to see more. Coipel's art is so well crafted. There's a reason why he's one of the top artists working in comics. The end of the first issue is just chilling

    This is Millar's best idea he's had in years, perfectly executed by Olivier Coipel and Dave Stewart. Yes, it's a simple concept. Evil magicians start murdering good ones in order to obtain an all-powerful book. Millar leaves a ton of meat on the bone focusing on the basic story instead of character. But it's so well done though, that I want to see more. Coipel's art is so well crafted. There's a reason why he's one of the top artists working in comics. The end of the first issue is just chilling.

    This appears to be the first comic under Millar's Netflix deal. As with a lot of his latter day comics, this is almost a story treatment more than it is a fully fledged story. There's a lot Millar leaves hanging and not fleshed out that Coipel's detailed and fully realized visuals fill in to make this better than it should be.

  • Kyle

    Actual rating: 4.5

    Such a simple concept, but executed so very well by Mark Millar and his team. I haven’t read any of Millar’s previous work, but I’m familiar enough with it to know that this is pretty exceptional! An order of (good) magicians tasked with keeping the world safe, being hunted down by a mysterious assassin and a band of renegade (evil) magicians. There ya go.

    For such a short series, it packed just the right amount of characterization for me to really enjoy each

    Actual rating: 4.5

    Such a simple concept, but executed so very well by Mark Millar and his team. I haven’t read any of Millar’s previous work, but I’m familiar enough with it to know that this is pretty exceptional! An order of (good) magicians tasked with keeping the world safe, being hunted down by a mysterious assassin and a band of renegade (evil) magicians. There ya go.

    For such a short series, it packed just the right amount of characterization for me to really enjoy each one without being overdone or half-baked. The story is easy to follow, and the art style is the sort I gravitate towards. Olivier Coipel’s artistry isn’t over-stylized (which I love, because that can often ruin a comic— make it too chaotic or cartoony), but fantastical enough for me to truly appreciate the images he created. The characters are super expressive; Coipel captures emotions beautifully. I dig how Adult it is, too: the violence, the horror, the vulgarity... this ain’t your kid’s comic book! Each panel I pored over, finding the details that are so often lacking or lost in other lesser works. All that mixed seamlessly with the fantastic coloring by Dave Stewart (un-muddied, clear, and vibrant).

    Some of the ideas and magic present throughout the story was so creative and unique (trapping someone inside a classic novel’s plot!!!). I don’t know, I just think this whole comic was so cool! My only complaint would be that I felt the ending was rushed— too many loose ends. I

    wanted more after Issue #6 ended.

  • Anne

    3.5 stars

    The gist is that The Order is a group of magic users who protect the earth from supernatural threats, and there is a that a severely dysfunctional family of magicians goes to war with mystic bad guys.

    The entire time I'm reading this I was thinking that it was a pretty straightforward story about villains who are evil for the sake of being evil and then trying to sort of family drama in a magical setting.

    That last issue has

    3.5 stars

    The gist is that The Order is a group of magic users who protect the earth from supernatural threats, and there is a that a severely dysfunctional family of magicians goes to war with mystic bad guys.

    The entire time I'm reading this I was thinking that it was a pretty straightforward story about villains who are evil for the sake of being evil and then trying to sort of family drama in a magical setting.

    That last issue has some twists that I didn't see coming.

    If you like supernatural comics, you could do worse than this one.

  • Sean Gibson

    Take five families of magicians, stir in some bloody internecine conflict, add a dash of mysterious monsters, toss in several fistfuls of graphic violence, and throw in a pinch of completely unnecessary nudity and you’ve got The Magic Order.

    Netflix’s first comic release (and soon to be streaming on a TV near you) is pretty typical Millar, which is intended as both a compliment and a caution. If you’ve dipped your toes into Millar’s creator-owned waters before, well, first and foremost, get a to

    Take five families of magicians, stir in some bloody internecine conflict, add a dash of mysterious monsters, toss in several fistfuls of graphic violence, and throw in a pinch of completely unnecessary nudity and you’ve got The Magic Order.

    Netflix’s first comic release (and soon to be streaming on a TV near you) is pretty typical Millar, which is intended as both a compliment and a caution. If you’ve dipped your toes into Millar’s creator-owned waters before, well, first and foremost, get a towel, and don’t do that again, because it’s both rude and kind of gross to go sticking your feet in someone’s personal supply of fluids. Once you’ve done that, know that if you’ve previously enjoyed engaging in that verboten activity with Mr. Millar, you’ll probably like this and, if you haven’t, then you probably won’t.

    If you’re new to moistening yourself with Millar’s liquescent subtances, you’ll dig this if you like magic, secret societies, and plot twists, so definitely check it out. My only complaint: so much time is spent on the internal warfare that, though it’s alluded to briefly, we don’t really get to see the Order in action doing what it normally does very much, which in and of itself would be interesting. More to come in future volumes, perhaps.

  • Rod Brown

    Wow. The greatest thing Mark Millar's written in a while, or possibly ever. I usually disparage his graphic novels by saying they are simply movie pitches, but I'm on board with this one 100%. Bring on the Netflix series ASAP!

    Intriguing characters, clever twists, cinematic shots and dialogue, all well served by the awesome art of Olivier Coipel.

  • Shannon

    This was just ok honestly, the earlier issues are better and it just kind of fizzles.

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  • Monsour

    This is my first Mark Millar book and BOY its pretty "Eh"

    The art and color is amazing and the first half issues are pretty intense but the last issue just flip all my expectation to this book. It's pretty lame that the way the author end it by reversing every death. That completely voids all of the consequences from the previous issues.

    Are they making more of this or is it just a mini series and that's why they end it this way?

    Fun read

  • Štěpán Tichý

    What was this? Oh, I'm so sad that I think about stories and that I love storytelling, otherwise, I'd enjoy this. This was bad. The story is unfortunately bad. One thing that is excellent is Olivier Coipel. It is magnificent and great. I want Olivier to draw everything. him and Clay Mann!

    Art? 5*

    Story? 2*

    I'd love to give this lower rating. But I can't. Because of the art.

    Back to this. Soft magic systems work. BUT. "A wizard did it" doesn't work when everyone is a wizard and there is no rules, not

    What was this? Oh, I'm so sad that I think about stories and that I love storytelling, otherwise, I'd enjoy this. This was bad. The story is unfortunately bad. One thing that is excellent is Olivier Coipel. It is magnificent and great. I want Olivier to draw everything. him and Clay Mann!

    Art? 5*

    Story? 2*

    I'd love to give this lower rating. But I can't. Because of the art.

    Back to this. Soft magic systems work. BUT. "A wizard did it" doesn't work when everyone is a wizard and there is no rules, nothing. Something happens because of plot and shock value. It sucks. There is a "twist" which is really poorly made. And it is really sad because Harry Potter (which was an obvious inspiration here) made this much, much better. Clues, variabilities, little bread crumbs...

    Millar is not writing like his heart is in. The concept is cool. But it is exactly what it will be - a pitch for Netflix to make a better story with it.

    One last spoiler thing:

    YOU STUPID FUCK, IF YOU KNOW HOW TO RESURRECT THE DEAD AND YOU DO IT WITH JUST A WAVE OF A WAND WHY DIDNT YOU RESURRECT YOUR NIECE?

  • Sam Quixote

    The Magic Order secretly battles threats to humanity and keeps the peace - until now. A renegade group of magicians led by the evil Madame Albany is challenging the current Order, headed up by the patriarch of the Moonstone family, for power, and removing anyone in their way via the mysterious and deadly assassin, The Venetian. But do the Moonstones have a trick up their sleeve to prevail against this seemingly unstoppable onslaught…?

    This is Mark Millar’s best comic since the first Jupiter’s Le

    The Magic Order secretly battles threats to humanity and keeps the peace - until now. A renegade group of magicians led by the evil Madame Albany is challenging the current Order, headed up by the patriarch of the Moonstone family, for power, and removing anyone in their way via the mysterious and deadly assassin, The Venetian. But do the Moonstones have a trick up their sleeve to prevail against this seemingly unstoppable onslaught…?

    This is Mark Millar’s best comic since the first Jupiter’s Legacy, which isn’t to say that either are that good but are surprisingly less terrible than Millar’s usual standard! And like Jupiter’s Legacy, this is a story of an extraordinary, albeit dysfunctional, family. Cordelia Moonstone is a carbon copy of Chloe Sampson and the flashback to the family battling Lovecraftian monsters was just like the flashbacks in Legacy.

    On the subject of derivative, Moonstone Castle and Uncle Edgar are basically The Dreaming and Lucien the Librarian from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, and The Venetian strongly reminded me of Guy Davis’ The Marquis.

    The story is very simplistic: hero magicians vs villain magicians, ditto Madame Albany’s motivations and appearance - she’s the baddie so she wears a gimp mask and doesn’t have pupils! Still, the ways the magicians are assassinated by the Venetian were really imaginative and compelling - definitely the best part of the book. And, while it is simplistic, I wouldn’t say the story was that dull or predictable, beyond the obvious question of whether good will triumph over evil.

    That ending though: oof, what a cop-out! And the reveal of the Venetian and their motivations will only be palatable to those who thought Anakin’s reasoning for turning to the Dark Side in Revenge of the Sith was satisfying!

    Olivier Coipel’s art was outstanding. He really sells the unusual deaths of the magicians perfectly, showing the reader some truly remarkable things (I’m thinking in particular of the death at the end of the first issue). The Venetian is a strikingly menacing figure too, and the book’s visuals as a whole benefit enormously from multi-award-winning colourist Dave Stewart’s usual incredible work.

    The Magic Order has its flaws though not as many as you might expect from latter-day Mark Millar. It’s a great-looking comic that holds the attention and even occasionally entertains - not too shabby!

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