In Review: The Magic Order #2

Mark Millar's first work for Netflix continues in this second issue.

Synopsis: A dark force is targeting The Magic Order, killing off its members one by one. Time is running out, and the death toll is rising. Will Gabriel return to the fold to save his family, and the world, from the forces of evil?

Review: Mark Millar’s first comic book series for Netflix continues and the magic and mayhem gets amped up to new levels with some interesting backstory with regards to the birth of Cordelia Moonstone.

In the wake of the events from the last issue. A meeting of the Moonstone family is called with a view to discussing ways and means of putting a stop to the murder of further family members. Cordelia for her part is somewhat flippant, which understandably gets a few on edge.

Elsewhere more murders are taking place and the main suspect is using a magical assassin known simply as The  Venetian who has some cruel and unusual ways of polishing off his victims.

‘The Magic Order’ continues to intrigue with a storyline and characters that feel pretty convincing. This issue, in particular, gives us a bit more insight into the character of Cordelia who is so powerful that she used her magic to ensure that she was born. Her mother wanted a termination, but Cordelia had other ideas. I loved the panels dealing with Cordelia’s childhood antics. In a small way Cordelia could almost be Hit-Girl, but the more grown-up version, but with some pretty impressive magic.

I also loved how Moonstone Castle where the family holds meetings is an oil painting, which is kept in a high rise. Paintings used as portals to other places is not really a new concept, but they are a lot of fun.

Olivier Coipel’s artwork continues to impress. I loved how he handled the panels dealing with Cordelia’s backstory as well as the panels later on in the issue where we see another murder take place.

Overall. This is a strong second issue that carries the story forward a little bit. My one slight criticism is the fact that we don’t really know enough yet about the other Moonstones. But we do know why the murders are happening.

9.4
The Magic Order #2
  • Covers
    8.6
  • Story
    9.5
  • Artwork
    9.8
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    9.8

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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