Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Books of Magic #4 Review and **SPOILERS**

From the Library to the Dreaming

Written By: Kat Howard
Drawn By: Tom Fowler
Colors By: Jordan Boyd
Letters By: Todd Klein

Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: January 30, 2019

"Breezy" is generally the word I use to describe this book... I probably use the term too often.  It's funny, while out of all the books I discuss, this is certainly the quickest to read... yet at the same time, among the most difficult to write about.

I can't shake the feeling that I do a book a sort of disservice if I don't say enough about it... good or bad.  Unfortunately, with the "breezier" books, my hands are sort of tied.  It's not like I can make up things to talk about... right?

Coming out of the disappointing third issue, I wasn't quite sure what to expect out of this chapter.  Would it be just as "nothin' happenin'" as the other?  Or would we actually get something we can sink our teeth into?  The answer falls... as it so often does, somewhere in the middle.

Our boy Tim's getting a fair bit more comfortable using magic... perhaps a bit too comfortable.  I can't spoil something DC didn't already spoil in their solicitation, but Tim is caught using magic by that jerk-ass bully who has been bustin' his chops over the past few issues.

All's not a bowl full of cherries at home either, Tim is still haunted by nightmares despite being joined by his new pet owl, Yo-Yo... and so, our lad recalls a place he was once invited to visit... a place, called the Dreaming.  He believes if he were to spend his waking hours there, he might be able to escape the bad dreams.

We get a lot of neat "trappings" here... including the ramshackle action figures depicted on the cover.  Tim also has another friendly run-in with Hettie the Bag Lady... and a not-so friendly meeting with a potential new foil (though, he doesn't know it yet).  The ending, as alluded to earlier, promises that in the coming issues Tim might just be rubbing elbows with his Sandman Universe contemporaries.  So yeah, a lot of neat things here, but...

I'm going to say it again... this sucker was "breezy".  Makes me wonder if maybe they knew about the Holiday shipping-snafu, and that there would be two issues of this title hitting shelves and January, 2019... and they decided to give us one issue's worth of story between the two of 'em!  Nahhh.

To be fair, this issue is far more substantial than the one we got earlier this month.  Though, this issue could have been 15 pages of Tim with his finger in his nose, and it might've moved the story along more satisfyingly than last issue did.

The art, which I was sure would be growing on me by now, isn't quite there yet.  The prospect of seeing this art in the actual Dreaming is something I'm actually sorta looking forward to though... not sure if it's just plain curiosity, or the morbid kind though!

Bits and Pieces:

After a bit of a stutter last issue, things are moving forward and a few interesting "trappings" are introduced and explored.


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