The Books of Magic #11 – Kat Howard, Writer; Tom Fowler, Layouts, Brian Churilla, Finishers; Jordan Boyd, Colorist
Ray – 8.5/10
Ray: Tim Hunter’s life has been ripped apart in the last few issues, with his best friend Ellie being taken by a demonic force and coming back traumatized and terrified of anything magic – which made Tim’s decision to reveal his powers to her last issue one of the worst cases of bad timing ever. Then he was thrown for a loop again with the seeming return of his long-missing mother, who we find out this issue was taken by the Cult of the Cold Flame. However, the idyllic reunion in Books of Magic #11 is anything but, as Tim’s father doesn’t snap back to normal and seems to be walking around in a daze, and Tim’s mother is cold and demands that he stop practicing magic – that was the condition that the Cold Flame gave her when they released her.
However, her plan to collect everything magic Tim has in his possession falls apart when she realizes she can’t read anything in Tim’s magic books – which seem to be warning him.
This series has been doing a very good job showing the slowly unspooling consequences of the magical world creeping into ours, and while Ellie and Tim aren’t speaking, she’s also not out of the book. She’s fully aware of the presence of a dangerous and evil magical being in their school, and she seems to be putting together a resistance. There’s even brief hints of her former bully potentially becoming an ally.
Dr. Rose, meanwhile, is struggling to keep Tim under her wing as he listens to his mother’s advice, and she warns him against making a dangerous mistake by refusing to practice magic. Is Tim’s mother on the level, or is she an agent of the Cold Flame rather than a captive? I don’t know, but The Books of Magic continues to be a compelling alternative take on the world of magic, showing us how these chaotic forces impact ordinary people when they cross the line into our world.
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