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Horror y humor, maravilla y sobrecogimiento: el conocimiento de lo oculto... Una historia fascinante. Una experiecia encantadora. Un viaje inolvidable.Neil Gaiman -el exitoso novelista, creador del cómic mundialmente famoso The Sandman- nos ofrece un hipnotizante relato sobre los peligros y las oportunidades de la juventud y sus infinitas posibilidades.Ilustrado por cuatroHorror y humor, maravilla y sobrecogimiento: el conocimiento de lo oculto... Una historia fascinante. Una experiecia encantadora. Un viaje inolvidable.Neil Gaiman -el exitoso novelista, creador del cómic mundialmente famoso The Sandman- nos ofrece un hipnotizante relato sobre los peligros y las oportunidades de la juventud y sus infinitas posibilidades.Ilustrado por cuatro de los mejores artistas del cómic, John Bolton, Scott Hampton, Charles Vess y Paul Johnson, Los Libros de la Magia recopila los cuatro números de la miniserie original que presentó a Timothy Hunter y puso la base para sus siguientes aventuras....

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ISBN : 9788467428841
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Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Los Libros de la Magia Reviews

  • Bradley
    2019-05-07 04:02

    Rather a who's who of the DC comic world of magic, mixed with a bit of real magic.What? Real magic? As in great storytelling, great art, a big portion of myth and a much more huge portion of fascination? You bet!A kid very much like Harry Potter might have been starts a journey of discovery, with four wise(ass) men from the magical side of Detective Comics, ostensibly to see if he wants to keep upon the path of a magical destiny. Give him the principles and a feel for the cost, show him the dark side, let him hope for the light, and put him in constant peril while keeping an eye on him... or not.All told, it's one hell of a journey less like the Inferno and more like a dive into the human psyche to revel in our imagination and our sense of wonder.For all that, it works brilliantly.Whatever happened to our sense of wonder, anyway? Perhaps it's just slumbering, waiting for that one good story to kiss us and shock us awake after long last?This one feels like a genuine Gaiman even though it's filled to the brim with stock DC franchise characters. The point is the journey, after all, not the reiteration of the franchises. :)

  • Trish
    2019-04-30 05:57

    Wow! I've already read another comic by Neil Gaiman but this is truly a piece of art!Timothy Hunter is a normal boy, or so it appears. Four men approach him one day - John Constantine, Doctor Occult, Mr. E and Stranger. Of all these characters I only knew Constantine. The four propose to show the boy the ways of magic and put a choice before him (to practice magic or to be "normal").The four issues of this book are the travels he undertakes with each of these "teachers".The first voyage leads through the past with the Stranger and we get to see Atlantis, Ancient Egypt, mythological creatures from ancient Greece and more.The second voyage is with John Constantine through the present, during which Tim encounters several contemporary practitioners as well as magical creatures like werewolves.The third voyage is with Doctor Occult, who takes the boy to the worlds parallel to ours (Fairyland chiefly amongst them) and we get to encounter a baba yaga as well as the queen herself, Titania.The fourth and final voyage is with Mr. E, who takes Tim into several possible futures until they reach the end of time itself.I must say, I'm used to top-notch writing from Gaiman but the story he conjured up here as well as certain revelations throughout the four issues defy description! They touch so many themes and not just on the surface, but delve deep into these realms in such an eloquent and intelligent way. We also get a few cameos, namely (view spoiler)[Dream and Death; and Stranger turns out to be their brother Destiny (hide spoiler)] which made this loads of fun.Now, I know by now that there was a lawsuit again J.K. Rowling once upon a time. She was accused of plagiatism for using a lot of elements from this story for her Harry Potter books. I have no idea if Neil Gaiman started that (according to an old journal entry on his blog he didn't), but I do know that the accusations are rubbish and that it was therefore correct that the court dismissed the charges. Yes, the boy (especially once he has yo-yo) looks like what illustrators made Harry look like and it is about a young boy (twelve) who comes into contact with magic. But that is where the similarities end (no school, no ultimate enemy to fight, no prophecies, no friends and coming-of-age stuff, ...). This book is so rich in wit and original ideas about what being human means, what imagination is and what it's for, guilt and absolution, faiths (both ancient and contemporary), magic in all its forms, abstract concepts such as time, death and love and how one small choice can influence not just your own life but that of many others. Everything has a price, there is always a consequence. And it is all done in a slightly scary and dark way (especially the last issue). And we get LOTS of puns and literal meanings of phrases which is typical for Gaiman.Moreover, the art is simply stunning. Sometimes blurry or chaotic but then again, chaos is one of the abstract concepts explored here. At other times the images are extremely detailed and the colours always gorgeous. I'm not exaggerating when I say that this is beyond a doubt the best comic I've ever read, possibly even the best story I've ever read (granted, I haven't read Sandman, but if that is "only" as good as this one, it'll be mindblowing)!No idea why this book isn't more well-known throughout the world but I'm telling every person liking great art and an intelligent and meaningful story: READ THIS BOOK!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • mark monday
    2019-05-07 02:58

    the artwork in The Books of Magic is splendid, a real treat. John Bolton, Scott Hampton, and Paul Johnson create shadowy, smearily impressionistic, layered, slowly shifting, ambiguously dream-like imagery that throws everything into question, including the narrative itself. classic fairy tale illustrator Charles Vess brings his own unique and enchanting style to his piece; the results are quite different (reminscent of the stylized, now-retro illustrations in old children's books like The Wizard of Oz), but are also suberb - Vess is a perfect artist for the third book's journey into Faerie.sadly enough, the art was the most arresting thing about this first volume (initially a 4-part miniseries) of The Books of Magic. the series is all about young Tim Hunter's introduction to and adventures in The Dread World of Magick. Tim himself is a surprisingly unappealing protagonist - not only drawn as a homely, weaselly lad, but given dialogue that is often wearyingly ignorant or snarky. Tim Hunter is not really the big issue i have with this collection (although he is a small part of it - he's just not an enjoyable traveling companion)... it is the narrative itself. the writing is fine, Gaiman is a masterful writer and so, page by page, it is as polished as one would expect. but the story pretty much amounts to a guidebook to DC's magical realms and wide range of magically-powered folks. for a comic book nerd like myself, reading what is essentially a beautifully illustrated List of People & Things is a fun time. it certainly had me combing my memory and wikipedia to figure out the backstories and eventual fates of all the characters. but coming from the mind of the guy who wrote Sandman (an all-time favorite and the one long-running comic book series that i would recommend to anyone), i can't help but feel really disappointed. The Books of Magic is lacking in both resonance and imagination. fun but forgettable.along the way, Tim meets Baba Yaga and Titania and members of Gaiman's own pantheon, The Endless. he sees glimpses of the Beginning of Time, Faerie Land, Skartaris, Gemworld (an odd choice), the 30th century future of the Legion of Super-heroes and Sorceror's World, the various Ends of Time. he is guided by The Phantom Stranger, Doctor Occult (and his other half, Rose Psychic), John Constantine, Mister E, and Zatanna (who makes the extremely dippy blunder of taking Tim to a Halloween gathering of Magic Super Villains - oh, Zatanna, how typical), and he encounters Zatanna's father Zatara and Sargon the Sorcerer (both killed off by Alan Moore during Crisis on Infinite Earths), Jim Corrigon/ The Spectre, Jason Blood/ The Demon, Boston Brand/ Deadman, Kent Nelson/ Doctor Fate (who we find has a rather appalling fate in store for himself at the end of time), Madame Xanadu, Baron Winter, Tala, The Wizard, Tannarak, Felix Faust, and the ever-annoying Doctor 13 (happily killed off by Grant Morrison during Seven Soldiers of Victory). best of all - for me at least - was a glimpse into the possible far-future and a tiny little bit in the corner of one panel there, showing Klarion the Witchboy kicking The Spectre's ass in a magic battle. i always knew Klarion could take down Spectre if he put his mind to it!

  • Jenny's Book Bag
    2019-05-19 03:49

    Hmmm....I'm not sure about this one. There were moments when I had no idea what he was talking about. There were some really cool sections that got me thinking. Sometimes the font changed to a style that was difficult to read. Oddly, G and S looked alike. I own this, so I may have to try this one again at another time.

  • Gary Butler
    2019-04-20 06:00

    17th book read in 2015.Number 213 out of 445 on my all time book list.Follow the link below to see my video review:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uqwko...

  • Laura
    2019-05-07 07:35

    I once read a breathless and poorly written article about how this book totally ripped off Harry Potter. I mean, PLEASE: bespectacled English kid who can do magic? DUH. (That was the general gist of the article; it also pointed the plagiarism finger at Diana Wynne Jones for her Chrestomanci series. It's just a shame that online articles can't be physically ripped into tiny pieces and stomped upon.) Clearly, anything about bespectacled English kids who can do magic has to be stolen from Harry Potter, right? Too bad the article author -- and this was published in the online edition of a respectable newspaper, mind you -- didn't notice that The Books of Magic and the Chrestomanci books referenced (Charmed Life and The Lives of Christopher Chant) were all written before Harry Potter. And no one wears glasses in the Jones books. And the thousand other differences.

  • Derek
    2019-05-12 03:45

    This book is magic, simple as that. A bit of a lengthy read, but you don't get the feeling of running around in circles or anything like that. It just flows effortlessly, despite being highbrow in some places, especially the last chapter, Road to Nowhere. (Reminds me to reread it) other than that, this is an amazing feat of textual magic.

  • David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
    2019-05-15 03:57

    "Magic...as delicate as a razor, as dangerous as a dream..."

  • Reyel2107
    2019-04-20 07:38

    this book is a real magic !!!

  • Ea Solinas
    2019-05-14 00:56

    Long before J.K. Rowling ever wrote about Harry Potter, there was another owl-toting, bespectacled young wizard with a destiny. And somehow it doesn't surprise me that Neil Gaiman was responsible for that wizard's creation in "The Books of Magic." This brilliant four-part graphic novel is full of shadowy art, strange happenings and wild magic -- and while it was intended to be a story highlighting the more magical DC characters, it ended up taking a life of its own. Timothy Hunter is playing alone in the street when he's approached by four men who ask him a simple question: "Do you believe in magic?" Obviously he says no, but after a brief demonstration of it, he reluctantly agrees to be taught in the ways of magic. First, the Phantom Stranger takes him back on a first-class history tour -- the birth of the universe, the fall of Atlantis, the teenage life of the great wizard Merlin, the rise of magic in many different lands and its eventual wane. Then Tim takes a trip to to America with John Constantine to get acquainted with some of the more mystical creatures there... and ends up up to his neck in trouble After that, Dr. Occult takes Tim into the world of Faerie, where he comes across a great sleeping king, gets caught by Baba Yaga, and shown Gemworld, Skartaris, Pytharia, a tiny glimpse of Hell, and a brief trip into the Dreamworld. He also counters Queen Titania, who seems to have a connection to him. And finally, Mr. E takes Tim into the future and shows him great wars, the return of magic, and the possible death of the world -- as well as his own future fate... "The Books of Magic" isn't a comic book as you know it -- it's a journey across worlds and time, where an ordinary preteen boy discovers that he has the potential to be the greatest magician in the world. And though it was apparently meant to highlight various magical characters, Gaiman's story is more Joseph Campbell than comic book hero. And Gaiman weaves a truly spellbinding, deceptively simple story -- he takes us into rivers of blood, goblin markets, a dying Earth, skull-faced kids, and even the childhood of a teenage Merlin. His dialogue is exquisite and rich ("Arthur sleeps in Avalon, and he sleeps here, as they all do. And perhaps he sleeps in your world too. Sometimes I suspect he sleeps inside a waking mind, waiting for the day to rise and free his ancient kingdom... Perhaps he sleeps inside thee, boy?"). I'm a little more split on the artwork -- somehow I just can't warm up to Paul Johnson's artwork, which makes Tim look very odd; and Scott Hampton's is of good quality but confusing to read. But John Bolton's artwork is absolutely exquisite (especially when he depicts the grandeur of a newborn universe, the towering angels and the ancient magics), and Charles Vess's tour of Faerie is some of the best work he has EVER done. "The Books of Magic" is far more than it was intended to be -- a brilliant hero's journey through the worlds of magic. A deserving classic.

  • Amber
    2019-05-19 03:02

    12 year old Timothy Hunter has been chosen by the Trenchcoat Brigade to discover the lands of magic. Will Timothy be able to choose if he wants to be a magician or not and can he handle the price of doing so? Read on and find out for yourself.This was a pretty good graphic novel by Neil Gaiman. The artwork is great too. It is done by John Bolton who did his book Harlequin Valentine and more. If you love whimsical stories by Neil Gaiman then be sure to check this book out at your local library and wherever books are sold.

  • Keith
    2019-05-11 02:57

    I could not avoid this book any longer if I wanted to keep digging through the backlog of 90s Vertigo. It's just that I had no interest in it -- it looked at a glance like lazy writing covered by amazing art, and that Papyrus title font...!It might have just been the font, honestly.Anyway, Books of Magic isn't that great. To be clear, the art is psychotically amazing, to the point that the production value might cheat you into forgetting that this was coming out in 19-friggin-90. Point of fact, Sandman was getting started around this time as well, and at the beginning that series wasn't great either, but it was certainly better than this. Knowing that Gaiman was simply hired to shed a light on DC's mystical characters in order to gauge readers' general interest makes the whole endeavor a little more forgivable, but on the other hand, I don't know how this book would have made much sense to anyone except DC diehards who didn't need the reminder in the first place. It just seems like the whole book would be a headscratcher for anyone else.The book (not story, since there isn't one) is simply an excuse to show off minor magical DC characters as they all work together to train not-Harry-Potter -- the young, poor, bespectacled, owl-owning Timothy Hunter. The list of characters is long and obscure, and what little impact each has on Timothy's life is totally confusing without Wikipedia, Comic Book DB, and Read Comics Online open in separate windows. But what the hell did one do back in 1991? Just trot off down to the comics shop for an easy-to-find copy of Secrets of Haunted House #31 in order to flip to the back and find "The Twice-Cursed Man," the first appearance of Mister E, a character who Gaiman has revamped, but who is still contextually reliant on his original incarnation in order to know what exactly The Books of Magic is attempting to subvert?Now times that by every character in this friggin' book.What The Books of Magic is, really, is a well-illustrated DC Encyclopedia without any cited research. Aside from the art (which is seriously like whoa), it sort of seems like the worst-possible version of itself, especially for being a pre-internet 2.0 publication. In his notes for League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Alan Moore points out that in the age of the internet, writing an easter-egg-riddled comic really has no limits to the depths of obscurity for its references -- piecing the whole thing together as a sort of digital metatext is to be expected. Similarly, Moore's Promethea does the whole hero's-journey-magickal-infodump with a lot more diligence than what Gaiman tries for here. BoM, on the other hand, is just sort of there, and aside from looking pretty and giving you stuff to look up (which isn't the worst thing, but surely we could do more), I'm not sure that it serves much purpose.

  • A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
    2019-04-24 06:01

    *Book source ~ LibraryFrom Goodreads:A quartet of fallen mystics dubbed the "TrenchCoat Brigade" is introduced in this first collection of the adventures of Timothy Hunter. John Constantine, the Phantom Stranger, Dr. Occult, and Mister E take Hunter on a tour of the magical realms. Along the way he's introduced to Vertigo's greatest practitioners of magic and must choose whether or not to join their ranks. The artwork is decent and the story is pretty good. Though I’m not sure I understood parts of it. Anyway, ever since I read about Constantine in The Sandman, he’s been a favorite character of mine. I’d love to read more about him. The other three guys are freaky weird. I’m not sure Timothy got what they were trying to tell him. He may be blinded by the new shiny…magic. I know he’s only 12, but I hope he uses his head. If I can find the rest of the graphic novels at the library then I’ll continue on. If not, oh well.

  • diegomarcapaginas
    2019-04-22 01:35

    Un avis rara maravillosa. Me alegra haber leído este cómic que lamentablemente ya está descatalogado. He disfrutado de los cameos de Constantine, el Fantasma Errante, el Dr Occult y Mister E junto a Tim. Ah y no puedo olvidarme de Espectro, Dr Destino y los Eternos. Tanto si eres un aficionado del cómic con mayúsculas como de Neil Gaiman esta es una joyita que tienes que leer.

  • Ricardo
    2019-05-19 07:43

    4.5 / 5No sé lo que esperaba de este cómic pero sin duda lo que resultó ser se aleja años luz. Magia y belleza al más puro estilo de Gaiman. Es imposible para este autor decepcionarme.

  • Dacko
    2019-04-21 02:42

    Uživala kao nekad u Mikijevom zabavniku, pošto je i ovo niz štosno upakovanih klišea, samo za odrasle.

  • 47Time
    2019-04-30 03:42

    Constantine, Mister E, Doctor Occult and the Stranger approach Timothy Hunter, a kid with a potential to wield very powerful magic. They intend to teach him in the ways of magic so he may be able to choose between a regular life or one where he can access magic. Other groups are interested in the kid too. As in they want to kill him, as does Mister E, but he goes along with the others. Each member of the Trenchcoat Brigade will take Tim to meet people attuned to various aspects of magic in the past, present and future.(view spoiler)[The Stranger takes Tim into the past, to a young Merlin who can see his own future and demise, but can't prevent it.Constantine takes the boy to New York where Madam Xanadu reads his cards. Then they visit Baron Winter who was having dinner with Jason Blood. While Constantine is busy in India, Zatanna takes Tim to a party where the bad magicians want Tim's head. They are bailed out by Constantine whom the magic practitioners fear.Doctor Occult takes Tim to a magical land full of dangers at every step. Tim gets captured by Baba Yaga, then is almost tricked into getting stuck in the fantasy world as a servant.Mister E takes Tim into the future to give the boy balance. They travel millions of years into the future until the three members of the Trenchcoat Brigade who are left behind can't sense Tim any more. Mister E tries to kill the boy at the end of time, but Tim's owl dies to save him. Destiny and Death of the Endless stop any further assault from E who must travel back in time on foot.Death sends Tim back into the present where he chooses a normal, non-magical life. What he doesn't know is that the only real choice he had was to go with the four magicians or not. He already chose magic when he accepted their offer. (hide spoiler)]

  • Sarah Sammis
    2019-05-13 01:48

    Despite my geekiness, I'm a relatively new reader of graphic novels and manga. This means I missed most of Neil Gaiman's early works and I'm only now catching up. I've read a few reviews of The Books of Magic that suggest reading the Sandman series first but I didn't and that choice didn't seem to inhibit my enjoyment of this four part miniseries.The Books of Magic is a four part miniseries all written by Neil Gaiman with each volume illustrated by a different artist. They are a tour of the magic characters from the DC universe. Being given this tour is young Timothy Hunter, a British boy with an unhappy family life who wears glasses and has yet to be discovered magical powers. He's basically cut from the same cloth as Harry Potter except that he's likeable and believable. Oh yeah, and he has an owl, made from his yo-yo. Before you think I'm pointing fingers at Rowling (I've read reviews where that happens), I'm not. The ten year old boy with a big destiny is an old story. Harry and Timothy can both give nods to young Arthur Pendragon.Book I: The Invisible LabyrinthIllustrated by John Bolton, The Invisible Labyrinth introduces Timothy Hunter and the characters who will help him on his journey to decide between magic or the non-magical world. This book sets the foundations. It defines the rules to magic, introduces Timothy as an understandably skeptic protagonist, and gives a hint at the dangers Timothy will face if he decides to embrace his magical ability.The best part of this section is how quickly we get a sense of how important Timothy will be. I enjoyed getting to know Timothy and I fell for Yo-Yo the owl. The downside for me was the sheer amount of info-dumping. I know that's part of DC way of doing things but I kept wanting the plot to get started. The Invisible Labyrinth felt more like an extended introduction than the first book.Book II: The Shadow WorldThe Shadow World is illustrated by Scott Hampton is a present day (1990) tour of the world as led by John Constantine. This section had a bit of a Neverwhere feel to it with Timothy Hunter and Constantine traveling through the world going from place to place as needed with many short cuts. Timothy begins to see that the magical world while set in places recognizable from the non magical world exist in parallel to the world Timothy has just left.My favorite part in The Shadow World is the trip to San Francisco. It was the best glimpse at how the people and creatures of the magical world live. Of course living in the Bay Area, I have to be partial to the inclusion of "The City."Book III: The Land of Summer's TwilightCharles Vess illustrated the third (and my favorite) book. Here Constantine hands off Timothy to Doctor Occult. Together they cross into Faerie and other fantasy realms. I read this book at the same time I was reading "The Spiral Briar" by Sean McMullen. The two complement each other beautifully. Timothy here learns the importance of knowing the laws of the different magical worlds and the dangers of not following them.Book IV: The Road to NowhereThe final book, illustrated by Paul Johnson takes Timothy to the end of time. Unfortunately he's taken there by Mister E who is unstable and dangerous. The ends of days scene has been done many times and it's a logical conclusion to the miniseries. It's also unfortunately tiresome.Final thoughtsI enjoyed reading The Books of Magic. As an omnibus it's a quick read. I chose to read only one book per day, thus spreading out the experience over four days. It's not my favorite graphic novel that I've read but it's certainly one that will stick with me.

  • Shannon Appelcline
    2019-05-19 02:51

    I've always thought that this book's main strength was as a magical tour of the DC universe — Neil Gaiman's take on Marv Wolfman's History of the DC Universe. And, it's rather magnificent in that regard, recording everything from Arion to the Legion.But, it's also a great building block of the Vertigo Universe. It creates the Trenchcoat Brigade, introduces Tim Hunter, reinvents Dr. Occult, and revamps Mr. E. The third issue, on Faerie, is the best in this regard — and also generally my favorite issue. (It's also interesting to see both the connections to Gaiman's own Sandman and the faerie elements that he later reused in Stardust.)(I suppose when you combine those two elements, you could say that Books of Magic is neither fish nor fowl ... and I suspect that's why some modern readers don't love it. But that was the joyful state of the Vertigo universe in the early '90s, deeply intertwined with DC's history. A pity those days passed so quickly!)On top of this all of this you have a fun coming of age story replete with philosophy, belief, and ... magic.And there's drop dead gorgeous art — with the third issue again being my favorite, thanks to Charles Vess.This is a great book for (1) fans of classic DC; (2) fans of classic Vertigo; and (3) fans of the Books of Magic comic that followed. I weep that all three are now dead.

  • Freya
    2019-04-27 00:48

    Oh! The artwork in this is SO beautiful - for that alone I would recommend people read this!The story follows Timothy Hunter and his discovery of magic, through a 'magical mystery tour' as John Constantine so aptly puts it. He is taken on this tour by the aforementioned John Constantine, Dr Occult, Mr E, and the Stranger, in order to understand a little of the past, present and future of magic, as well as some of the other worlds which touch upon ours.The reason for this tour is to give Tim a choice, to decide to have magic in his life with all the good and bad that comes with it, or to turn his back on it and live in the normal, safer, rational world. If he chooses magic, he could become the greatest magician of his Age.This is the second graphic novel by Neil Gaiman that I have read, and I am really loving the storylines he comes up with - really looking forward to getting my mitts on some more! It it both thoughtful in places and also humorous, and with yet another appearance of Death, I think I will have to be adding her graphic novel to my to-read list, as she is pretty cool!

  • Courtney
    2019-05-11 02:59

    I first remember encountering The Books of Magic sometime in the mid-'90s, when I was just starting high school. I had exactly one comic from the series that I read over and over when I ran out of Sandman to read. Flash forward many, many years later and here I am with the power to purchase graphic novels for my library. Ordering a new edition of Books of Magic? Total no-brainer. At the age of 12, Timothy doesn't believe in magic. Then he's approached by some very strange and slightly sinister men who first turn his yoyo into an owl and then take turns showing magic and magicians at various points in time and space. In theory, Timothy will have a choice as to whether or not magic will be a part of his life, but it's fairly clear that he may not have nearly as much control over the matter as he'd like to believe.Fantastic artwork, coupled with Gaiman's inimitable prose, makes for exceptionally good comic reading. Fans of the Sandman universe may also be pleased to see a few familiar faces along the way.

  • Gabbi Zurlo
    2019-05-07 02:36

    Overall rating: 4.5I regret leaving this unread on my shelves for 2 years. This was a complete joy to read. "The Books of Magic" is a story in three parts about a twelve year old Tim Hunter who must make a choice to join the magic realm and become the most powerful mage of this age. The kicker is that he is pulled strongly to both the light and the dark sides. The Neil Gaiman-y touch is that this graphic novel collection ends at the beginning of Tim's story. "The Books of Magic" features SO many of DC's famous Occult figures, including the fabulous Zatanna and Constantine (my personal favorite). In a way, these three comics feel as if they were setting up a series that never made it, but Neil provides enough that I didn't feel unsatisfied with the end twist. If you enjoy classic allusions to faery, DC's Occult League, and old fashioned story telling, I definitely suggest picking this up!

  • Ricardo
    2019-05-04 07:57

    Nem vale a pena gastar muitas linhas com esta obra. Claramente a melhor da terceira série da Col. Novela Gráfica, instantaneamente a par do Mort Cinder (primeira série) como título favorito lançado até agora nesta excelente parceria do Público, que merecia maior adesão (os jornais precisam cada vez mais disto para saírem das bancas).O Timothy Hunter até parece o Harry Potter, podia ser um ponto de partida para os fans lerem a sua primeira obra de literatura. Conhecerem um mundo novo (ou, neste caso, quatro, pelo menos), como o Tim. Conhecerem a trupe da Gabardine, vampiros e lobisomens (piada óbvia). Neil Gaiman.Se os livros do Sandman possuem metade da qualidade deste, porque é que não os comprei quando pude? Mister E.P.S. A versão em língua inglesa tem piadas bónus, que escapam à tradução para português.

  • Josh
    2019-05-10 05:50

    NOTE: This is best read AFTER you've read the Sandman series. A great tale from my favorite part of the DCU - the magic, generally undead world (the one I lump Sandman, Swamp Thing, Spectre, Deadman, Constantine, the Demon Etrigan, etc), with some great characters that don't get a lot of facetime in other books. The art is phenomenal, and I got that great magical feeling I got reading books 3 & 4 of Sandman (my 2 faves). So if you liked that series, and want a little more, check this out. It's totally stand-alone, so you don't NEED to read anything else to read this one, you'll just get a little more out of it if you do.

  • Morgan
    2019-04-29 03:36

    Yes the kid looks like Harry Potter and yes he has an owl and yes he is a wizard, other then that, this is not Harry Potter at all. This focuses on the magic of the DC/Vertigo Universe. It's more about the definition of magic according to DC/Vertigo. What really makes this book though is the art. I loved Vess's work the best. Only thing I don't like, this is a prequel to what later on became a series. Having read this now, trying to find the rest of the series isn't going to happen anytime soon. Most of the volumes are out of print now. This book left you off with questions and just wanting more to something I probably never get to finish.

  • Andrew Eichel
    2019-05-07 03:56

    This is one of Gaiman's criminally under-appreciated works, overshadowed by the Sandman series and more commercial successes. However, far beyond being a rip-off of T.H. White or a blueprint for Harry Potter, The Books of Magic serves both as an introduction to the occult and mystical side of the extended DC-verse and as a rumination on the power of magic, imagination, and metaphor.

  • Cathy
    2019-05-09 07:48

    It was fun, but I just didn't find it intriguing the way I found The Unwritten. It felt a bit heavy-handed about it's ideas about other worlds and magic, like it was preaching to the choir. But I'm interested to see where the next author takes the series. It doesn't really indicate any direction at the end, it could go anywhere at all.

  • Ramón Fernández Ayarzagoitia
    2019-04-22 04:49

    ¿Había duda de que le iba a poner 5 estrellas a este cómic?Este es un tour por el (los) mundo(s) mágico(s), al mismo tiempo que un tour por DC Cómics/Vértigo. Lo curioso es que se puede leer casi en su totalidad sin saber una pizca de información de DC, e incluso sin creer en la magia. El objetivo de Gaiman es quitarte lo segundo y, tal vez, empujarte hacia lo primero. Este libro es magia pura.

  • Vojtěch
    2019-05-01 00:00

    Skvělé připomenutí Knih magie, tentokrát v komiksové podobě. Tenhle grafický román přináší příběh první knihy stejnojmenné série z pera Carly Jablonski (která knižní sérii psala na motivy Neila Gaimana). Více v samostatné recenzi, nicméně tohle byl skvost - po obsahové i formální stránce. Sice tomu chybělo něco speciálního, aby si to zasloužilo plný počet hvězd, ale i tak to bylo fantaskní!

  • Terri
    2019-05-10 04:53

    Read this again after years have gone by. Still love it. Knowing what happens to Tim Hunter in the series after this mini-series, it is fun seeing his eyes being opened to possibilities. It was fun to go back...