Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Olivier Coipel
Colorist: Dave Steward
Letterer: Peter Doherty
Before I dig into my review, let me say this: The Magic Order is better than it deserves to be. My own personal opinions of Mark Millar aside, the man can write a comic book when he wants to. I had become acquainted with his style of over the top, ultra violent (to almost an unnecessary level) books and enjoyed very few. Wanted being the real exception to the rule for me. Millar is a modern day showman right? He creates comics to turn them into movies, rinse and repeat, some hits, a lot of misses, but man, is this a great first issue. If it gets turned into a Netflix show, I could really see them excelling at this medium. Now, onto more important things, like my review and opinion of this book.
Coipel’s art is the reason that I picked up this book, and in typical fashion, he does not disappoint. His art is beautiful as always, having proven that well before this book. (Fine. I picked this book up for Coipel’s art and because I was curious how Netflix would handle comic books. Happy?!) His art adds that extra dimension that is needed to explore the world Millar is laying out before us. I mean, the last page is down right creepy. Millar lays out the plot that there is a collective of magic families who protects our realm and keeps us normal people away from the dangers of magic. But, there is a problem. Can you guess it? Yeah that’s right, someone is killing people off in these magic families, and their strength in the realm will weaken as a result. Millar starts the issue off with a little sex and some really screwed up violence, but no surprise there. What is really surprising is how little of it exists in this issue (judging by the cover of issue three though, I will be proven wrong very quickly). The issue definitely follows a Netflix style with each member of the Moonstone family being introduced in some kind of ‘wow look at what they can do’ fashion. Cordelia escapes from a moving police car while in handcuffs, and Leonard catches a bullet in his teeth while taking a bullet to the chest in his magic act. Regan seems to be the one member of the family who is all in with the magic, but a bad boy I’m guessing. Rounding out our cast is Gabriel, the one member who walked away from magic after having lost his daughter. All signs point to Gabriel being our guide in this story as we navigate the world Millar has laid before us.
The cast of characters are very stylized and very much have their own distinct patterns, but my favorite is Madame Albany who wears a leather gimp outfit, trench coat and cape. She is set up to the be villain here and her look immediately tells us she is evil which I’m fine with. Overall, the book sets up the story and the world very well, providing us with a down to earth style from Millar, which I will admit, caught me off guard. He spends time with each member of the family, providing us an idea of who they are and what their motivations are. Setting us up for the next five issues, which I am very much looking forward to. I hope that Millar continues down this road of character driven stories, but I won’t hold my breath.
Rating: 8 out of 10.