Synopsis: With each wizard brutally murdered, Madame Albany comes another step closer to seizing the dark power of the Orichalcum as her own. The next kill on her list: Leonard Moonstone. Is her gruesome assassin powerful enough to destroy the leader of The Magic Order?
Review: This issue sees a lot happening as Regan and Cordelia interrogate various people in Madame Albany’s network. Their father gives it one more try at persuading Gabriel into rejoining the order to help fight off Albany.
Mark Millar does a brilliant job of setting up more mythology with this issue as we learn about where Albany’s hideout is and also find out that it can be seen through a crack in the wall of a lunatic asylum.
We also get to see a little more of Madame Albany and see her character get a little more development, but the majority of this issue deals with Leanard Moonstone and Gabriel.
As with the previous issues, this issue concludes with a satisfying cliffhanger that will keep readers on the edge of their seats for a whole month, but it will probably seem longer. We get an impressive magic battle and the assassin who works for Albany is truly frightening.
Olivier Coipel artwork continues to captivate and the way in which he laid out the final battle of the issue was well done and complimented Mark Millar’s writing as the conversation between the two combatants built the tension.
The final page of this issue will likely bring to mind the goriest of horror movies as we see Madame Albany inspect her assassins handy work. I also loved the artwork on page 14 of the issue, which gave us a look at the home of Madame Albany. I can almost imagine the crew from the 90s show Changing Rooms looking to adorn the place with the most tasteless gothic stylings. I wonder if Albany is a relation of Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen. They do have a similar dress sense. Answers on a postcard, please.
Overall. This is an exciting issue that leaves you wanting more. Definitely the best issue to date on this series.