Thursday, February 23, 2023

Comics Review: "THE MAGIC ORDER 4 #2" - Magic Over Bullsh*t


STORY: Mark Millar
ART: Dike Ruan
COLORS: Giovanna Niro
LETTERS: Clem Robins
EDITORIAL: Sarah Unwin
COVER: Dike Ruan with Giovanna Niro
VARIANT COVER ARTIST: Rafael Albuquerque
36pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (February 2023)

Rated M / Mature

The Magic Order created by Mark Millar at Netflix

The Magic Order 4 is a new six-issue miniseries from writer Mark Millar and artist Dike Ruan.  The is the fourth installment of The Magic Order series, which began with the 2018-19 miniseries written by Millar and drawn by Olivier Coipel.  The Magic Order is a band of sorcerers, magicians, and wizards – with a focus on the Moonstone family – that live ordinary lives by day, but protect humanity from darkness and monsters of impossible sizes by night.

The Magic Order 4 focuses on a coup within the order, one that has left the Moonstones defeated … seemingly.  Colorist Giovanna Niro and letterer Clem Robins complete the series creative team.

The Magic Order 4 #2 opens as Madame Albany and her backstabbers continue killing members of The Magic Order loyal to the Moonstone family.  The Madame even has an offer to make Regan's dumb ass, but will he accept?  Meanwhile, Uncle Edgar, the Wizard King...

THE LOWDOWN:  My favorite Mark Millar Netflix creation is The Magic Order.  It always surprises me, and before I read each issue I wonder not if, but how I will be surprised.  Every time I think I might creep away and choose a new Millarworld favorite to love, The Magic Order drags me back.

In my reviews of the first two issues of Millar and artist Jorge JimĂ©nez's new series, Nemesis Reloaded, I have talked about how that series recalls the crazy, groundbreaking, and rebellious comic books of the 1980s.  If The Magic Order 4 had been published in the 1980s or even the 1990s, it would have been revolutionary.  This new installment of The Magic Order is as crazy as post-Steve Ditko Doctor Strange comic books can't be … or maybe are not allowed to be.  Any character with the kind of magical power as depicted in The Magic Order 4 or even titles like Doctor Strange and Dr. Fate would be an asshole – to one extent to another – protagonist and antagonist.

Millar and Ruan are killing it by trying to kill us, dear readers.  The Magic Order 4 #2 offers the same as the first issue – a series of nasty/tasty reveals that are a brutal/delightful shock to the system.  I can't wait for The Magic Order 4 #3 to get rough with me.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Mark Millar and of The Magic Order will want to read The Magic Order 4.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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