The Books of Magic

The Books of Magic

Book - 1993
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Written by Neil Gaiman; Art by John Bolton, Charles Vess, Paul Johnson, and Scott Hampton A quartet of fallen mystics dubbed the "TrenchCoat Brigade "is introduced in this first collection of the adventures of Timothy Hunter. John Constanine, the Phantom Stranger, Dr. Occult and Mister E take Hunter on a tour of the magical realms. Along the way he's introduced to Vertigo's greatest practitioners of magic and must choose whether or not to join their ranks.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c1993
Edition: Graphic novel
ISBN: 9781563890826
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: The books of Magic 1-4


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Jul 07, 2016

This was a great read if you are into the dark and unusual. I really enjoyed the artwork as well.

Sep 14, 2014

The boy, Timothy Hunter, reminds me of Harry Potter with over-sized black-rimmed glasses, dark hair, and an introduction to magic. It was neat with appearances from Sandman and Death and an unexpected ending...

Jul 31, 2014

An interesting story with less than exquisite artwork.

Jul 03, 2014

I only checked it out because I read somewhere that Death of the Endless would make an appearance. It was pretty good though

theorbys Oct 12, 2013

Although the main character was not very appealing, I enjoyed this somewhat encyclopedic and panoramic transtemporal voyage through DC's occult and paranormal universe(s). The art work really was exactly right and added more than a lot to the experience. Definitely not Sandman level work however.

Erin_C_Carr Jan 07, 2013

Beautiful - story and art wise. It gives a beautiful feel of magic and what it can feel like in your life.

Oct 15, 2011

Interesting premise - I must say that I've been pleasantly surprised by the quality of story and language I've found in the "graphic novels" I've experimented with - these are not the comic books of our youth - I would recommend them to "reluctant readers"

Jun 25, 2011

This was an amazing read. I think everyone should read it! Oh, and for those who have read Neil Gaiman's "Instructions" poem (which is lots of people 'cause it keeps appearing in Fragile Things, M is for Magic, it's own picture book...anyway) you can see hints of it when Tim goes to Fairytale land. :D

Dec 01, 2010

This is a must-read for anyone who enjoyed the Sandman. The magical worlds and creatures in this series are haunting and beautiful and Tim Hunter is full of wit and sass. There are also guest appearances made by other Neil Gaiman characters.

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