The magic or­der

Fam­i­lies At War

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re­leased OUT NOW! Pub­lisher Im­age Comics Writer Mark Mil­lar Artist Olivier Coipel

is­sues 1-3 The first is­sue of The Magic Or­der opens with a child be­ing en­chanted to kill his fa­ther; the sec­ond with an aborted foe­tus es­cap­ing from its mother’s womb; the third with some­one us­ing magic to perv on a cou­ple hav­ing sex – clearly Mark Mil­lar has lost none of his de­sire to push but­tons. Still, the first post-Net­flix-buy­out ti­tle from the Mil­lar­world im­print is a fun fam­ily drama with a su­per­nat­u­ral twist.

The Or­der has been around for a long time. A group of wizard fam­i­lies, they pro­tect the world from mag­i­cal threats, but now some­one is bump­ing them off in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion. The sur­viv­ing mem­bers of the Or­der know who’s re­spon­si­ble – the bit­ter (and, hon­estly, kinda an­noy­ing) Madame Al­bany – but those best posed to de­feat her are in a state of dis­ar­ray. Hope seems to lie with Gabriel Moon­stone, but he left magic be­hind af­ter the death of his daugh­ter. Now Al­bany and an as­sas­sin are com­ing for him...

This is, ef­fec­tively, a su­per­hero fam­ily book in goth cloth­ing, with a cast of pow­ered ec­centrics bat­tling it out in the present day. But though the plot is a shade over-fa­mil­iar, Olivier Coipel’s art and Dave Ste­wart’s murky colour pal­ette bring weight to the pro­ceed­ings. They con­jure a world of long shad­ows, drip­ping with men­ace and a touch of noir. And while it feels a lit­tle Mil­lar-bynum­bers, he spices things up with some mem­o­rably griz­zly set-pieces (trans­form­ing the afore­men­tioned voyeur into a melt­ing can­dle, for one) and a dark sense of hu­mour. Will Salmon

Ef­fec­tively a su­per­hero fam­ily book in goth cloth­ing

The first is­sue hit a near 20-year record for pre-or­ders. Only a mat­ter of time be­fore the Net­flix show, then...

She should have forked out for a bet­ter den­tist.

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