Books of Magic #19
Written by David Barnett
Art by Tom Fowler and Craig Taillefer
Colors by Marissa Louise
Letters by Todd Klein
The Rundown: Tim Hunter meets a kindred spirit and their first date might last a lifetime.
Rose has decided to take a little time for herself and she hasn’t told Tim where she is going. With the young wizard bored and with no one to talk to, he walks the streets until he sees a young woman steal a smartphone using magic. After chasing her down, he discovers that her name is Izzy and the two start to spend time together. Finally feeling comfortable around someone to talk about and use magic, he decides to take Izzy to Glastonbury using magic to get them there.
Unfortunately, the pair make it as far as a magical celebration known as Festival. Deciding to skip the musical festival, the pair decide to enjoy the sights and meet a fellow human who has been trapped there for decades. After hearing his story, another human arrives on the scene with the power to control Festival itself and he is going to make sure no one ever leaves.
The Story: While there are some interesting elements to the story, the plot feels weak. It’s lacking in the emotional investment the reader has made in Tim up to this point and his presence is almost an afterthought. The moments between Tim and Izzy are fun, but everything about the story just feels superficial and shallow. There is a moment that alludes to another DC character that is a fun easter egg. That aside, Tim’s journey has been the focus of this series, to see him sidelined in this issue takes something away from the story.
The Art: Fowler and Taillefer deliver some beautiful visuals throughout the story and the moments between Tim and Izzy are brilliantly done. I would have liked to see more of the grandeur and scope of Festival personally.