Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Marco Santucci
Colors by Mike Atiyeh
Letters by Rob Leigh
The man claiming to be Billy’s father is making his adoptive parents uneasy. As they struggle to find out how he just showed up at their home with no notification invitation, they discover that all of the kids are gone.
Billy and his siblings are exploring the abandoned subway station that appears to have trains ready to take them to multiple magic lands. While Billy and Mary remain skeptical, the rest of the kids decide they want to travel to the Funlands. After they discover the massive amusement park that fills that world, Billy discovers that there is more to the world than meets the eye.
At the same time, Doctor Sivana has a new friend, a new book and a new purpose. One that will have him take violent action to achieve his goals.
While I continue to worry about the expanding cast of characters in this story, this issue was fun to read and the characters are charming. Johns does a great job with the character interactions and the dialogue between them feels natural and unforced. Even the quiet moments with Billy’s adoptive parents have an emotional weight to them that is deeper than them being surface characters.
All of the buildup with Dr. Sivana and Mr. Mind was well done and very funny in fact. It’s an interesting dynamic between the two of them considering what is revealed in the book. The investigation into the Seven Magic Lands is also an interesting plot that deserves to be explored.
Marco Santucci has some detailed and beautifully composed art in this issue and I enjoyed how big and detailed he got in the Funlands scenes.