Books of Magic #2
DC Comics/ Vertigo Comics
Written by Kat Howard
Art by Tom Fowler
Colors by Jordan Boyd
Letters by Todd Klein
Tim’s flirtation with magic is taking him down a dangerous road.
As Tim tries to get the words to reappear in his book, a lone assassin is getting ready to take the boy out for good before Dr. Rose arrives and murders her in an alley. After examining the killer, she determines that something bad is coming.
The next day, Tim is tired and unable to concentrate. Dr. Rose tries to tell him to slow down, but Tim is determined to learn more from the book for his own reasons. When he finally begins to concentrate, the book reveals more to him, including a way to imbue an ordinary object with power. After performing this task, he decides to use his new power to track down his mother. Unfortunately, the three mystery shapes who want him see this as an opportunity.
As Tim finds himself alone in the city searching for his missing mother, forces are gathering to attack and Tim might be completely out of his depth.
This was a good issue. I enjoyed the story and the dramatic build up for Tim. I enjoyed that Tim is getting ready to learn the consequences of dealing with magic. Making Tim unlikeable at moments helps to make him a better character. His inability to listen to people trying to help and his single-minded mission to find his mother make him a more engaging character through his personal flaws. Howard does a great job of making him and Dr. Rose interesting characters.
The art in this issue is great. There are some beautifully detailed panels in this issue and the art has a great flow with the tone of the story.