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Writer: Mark Millar
Art: Olivier Coipel & Dave Stewart
Matt C: It’s strange seeing Netflix’s logo displayed so prominently on a comic book but, following the media giant’s purchase of Millarworld, here’s where they get an idea of whether or not they made a wise investment. The worry in this situation is that the comic is just a storyboard for a proposed TV show/movie and not the real deal, but whatever your opinions of Mark Millar’s hucksterism, his love of the medium is always abundantly clear and his impact on it over the last couple of decades can’t be understated. He appears to have hit on another winning idea here (Netflix can breathe easy!) as a shocking murder spins us into a hidden world of magicians protecting the blissfully unaware from the terrifying unknown. It’s a compelling set-up, and the characterization is strong, but the added bonus here is Olivier Coipel’s evocative, vivid artistry which reaffirms his status as one of the best in the business. The Magic Order may ultimately end up in the live action environment as part of the Netflix deal but the fact that this issue is one of the strongest debuts of the year so far should be all the discerning comics fan cares about at this stage. No nefarious sleight of hand here, just genuine comic book thrills. 8/10