This past week saw a lack of updates for the series I’ve been following thus far. Undeterred, I decided to look among the selves to see if anything available would leap out at me for reviewing. Beyond the title, and that 3rd issue cover, The Magic Order seem to hit all of my buttons when looking for new properties:
-It seems weird.
-Deals with magic.
-Lots of interesting visuals.
All that said, let’s get into the review.
What is The Magic Order?
As you may have seen above, this is a comic written by now legendary comic book writer Mark Millar. It creates this atmosphere that there is a group, whose name is the same as the title of the comic, of wizards/sorcerers that defend our world from all kinds of crazy monstrosities. An example of this is shown in the comic:
Which, all and all, is a pretty great set up. Now with all of that said and done, how does the series execute this set up? How does it read, flow, and what not over the course of three issues?
Ehhh….well I should start at the beginning.
It starts with a Funeral
Whenever a series starts with a funeral I already start having misgivings about it. Death typically implies things are going wrong in some way. Or, alternatively, it means that things are STARTING to go wrong and will continue in this death spiral till the finale. Its also within the first issue that we meet our antagonists, Mistress Albany and the Venetian.
What an absolute unit they look eh? Its after the first issue, though, that we enter my least favorite trope in storytelling: The Invincible Villain.
These two are set up to be a legitimate threat that need dealing with Issue 1. Perfectly fine. Issue 2 and 3, on the other hand, have the two of them (though more specifically The Venetian) absolutely tear through this group of “powerful” wizards like tissue paper. While the manner of their deaths are creative, its difficult to imagine them being protectors of anything. Then we find out our antagonist’s (Mistress Albany) motivation in the first place: She is the sibling to the head of the Magic Order. She was passed over for promotion in favor of her brother because she was too, quote, “fucked up”. She then left the order, taking a smattering of followers, and has decided the best course of action to proving them wrong is…
…murdering all of them so she can take the top spot.
Yea sorry, if that is the first course of action when all that shakes out she definitely didn’t deserve it.
By the end of the third issue she has eliminated her brother, and is now going after his children. Specifically Gabriel, the young boy in the comic book page above, who hung up his wand for good after his daughter got her hands on it and accidentally used it resulting in her death. She claims he is the “tricky” one. Which, to me, doesn’t seem like much. Guess we’ll have to see in issue #4 eh?
As a note: This series is the first to be created in partnership between Netflix and Mark Millar after Netflix’s acquisitions of Millarworld (Mark Millar’s comic book studio) earlier this year. Netflix did so in the hopes of adapting many of Millarworld’s projects into live action/animation shows for their streaming service. While The Magic Order would be interesting to see in motion, unless there is some actual meat in the plot department, I would say give the series a hard pass on adaptation. For now. It can always improve later.
At this point in the series, it rates 3.5 out of 6 sodas.