Review – The Books of Magic #19: Tim Hunter’s Day Out

The Books of Magic #19 cover, via DC Comics.

The Books of Magic #19 – David Barnett, Writer; Tom Fowler, Layouts; Craig Taillefer, Finishes; Marissa Louise, Colorist

Ray – 9/10

Ray: After a dense eighteen-issue arc by Kat Howard, the main plot of this title takes a break for a two-part story by guest writer David Barnett – and it’s exactly the breath of fresh air this title needs to keep its momentum going. It’s almost meta in its setup – it’s a break for Tim as well, as his teacher Rose is going on a mysterious vacation and Tim is left to his own devices for a few days. Bored out of his mind, he meets a reckless teenage self-taught mage named Izzy and she quickly pulls Tim into more reckless behavior. It’s clear Tim has a crush on her, but her twisted sense of humor and her encouragement of his unpredictable magic use makes me think she may not have his best intentions at heart. She convinces him to teleport them to Glastonbury – magic has a lot to do with the themes this issue – but they don’t wind up in that festival, but in a mysterious magical place named Festival that seems to exist out of time and space.

Related Post
A new mage. Via DC Comics.

This dovetails with the secondary plot this issue, that involves an aging wheelchair-using rock musician obsessed with getting back to Festival after decades. He even goes so far as to kidnap a muse with the help of a shady fence of his. It turns out that he has a friend who was left behind there – who hasn’t aged a day. This guy makes a compelling villain, because he’s genuinely sympathetic and yet also completely insane. The strange, dreamlike setting of Festival is a perfect location for this issue, as Barnett manages to make it feel not too different from your average music festival – except for the ogres there on a bachelor party, the tornadoes full of people, and the long-dead musical acts performing. This issue has a lighter tone than the last few arcs, but there’s still a sense of genuine danger to it, and it’s great to see Tim out of his element and acting more like a normal kid. More DC work for Barnett, please.

To find reviews of all the DC issues, visit DC This Week.

GeekDad received this comic for review purposes.

Liked it? Take a second to support the GeekFamily Network on Patreon!

This post was last modified on May 26, 2020 9:56 pm

Ray Goldfield

Ray Goldfield is a comics superfan going back almost thirty years. When he's not reading way too many comics a week, he is working on his own writing. The first installment in his young adult fantasy-adventure, "Alex Actonn, Son of Two Seas", is available in Amazon now.

View Comments

  • Awesome things here. I am very glad to see your article.
    Thank you so much and I'm looking forward to
    touch you. Will you kindly drop me a mail?

Published by

Recent Posts

Enter for a Chance to Win an Entire Fleet of Snap Ships!

Win a complete collection of Snap Ships in our Sweepstakes.

September 28, 2020

GeekDad Daily Deal: Extreme XL Bluetooth Speaker

Announce your presence with the Extreme XL Bluetooth Speaker!

September 28, 2020

Geek Daily Deals September 28 2020: Dynamo Lab Science Kit With 21 Experiments for $20 Today!

Time to blow the lid of science with this 21-experiment kit that includes lava lamps…

September 28, 2020

Reaping the Rewards: Cats + Quilts = ‘Calico’

Round up your sewing circle—it's time to make some quilts! Piece together colors and patterns…

September 28, 2020

Review: ‘Mazes for Programmers’

'Mazes for Programmers' is an older book but will still get you all fired up…

September 28, 2020

‘Save Yourselves!’ Is a Much-Needed Tech Detox… Or Is It?

A young couple takes a technology detox week in a remote cabin, blissfuly unaware that…

September 27, 2020

This website uses cookies.