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(The Books of Magic) By Gaiman, Neil (Author) Paperback on 14-Apr-1993

von Neil Gaiman (Writer)

Weitere Autoren: Karen Berger (Herausgeber), A. Bigard (Mitwirkender), John Bolton (Illustrator), D. Ellington (Mitwirkender), Scott Hampton (Illustrator)5 mehr, Paul Johnson (Illustrator), Bob Kahan (Herausgeber), Todd Klein (Letterer), I, Mills (Mitwirkender), Charles Vess (Illustrator)

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Reihen: Die Bücher der Magie {graphic novels} (Omnibus (Miniseries 1-4))

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Award-winning author Neil Gaiman's tale of Timothy Hunter, a boy with the power to be the world's greatest magician, is once again available in trade paperback! Some of the greatest mystics in the DC Universe, such as John Constantine and the Phantom Stranger, must aid Timothy Hunter in his decision on whether or not to become a powerful magician or return to his normal life.… (mehr)
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Timothy Hunter is destined to be the greatest mage of his age--but for good or evi? Four masters must show him what magic is and leave him to chose: Mr. E, Dr. Occult, the Stranger and John Constanine.
  ritaer | Sep 4, 2021 |
This was pretty good, but there were some moments when it felt a little "long in the tooth." The point of the graphic novel, which actually collects a four-issue story, is to introduce Tim Hunter, a young 12-year old boy to the world of magic. He has the potential to be a great magician someday, but he has to choose to follow the path. He has four guides who will show him parts of the path along the way. If you like myth and fantasy, this is a book for you. Don't expect a lot of action; there is not that much of that. It is a lot of exposition, which is why I liked it, but I don't love it. I will add that the art of the book is excellent overall, and it goes along with the story very well. Overall, the set serves to set up Tim's future adventures. It is written by Neil Gaiman, so you can be assured it is well written and good stuff, but as I said, it is mostly an expository piece.

By the way, readers who enjoy this book would probably enjoy Alan Moore's Promethea, which has a very similar feel to this book. Moore's work does have some action to it. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
Neil Gaiman and illustrators John Bolton, Scott Hampton, Charles Vess, Paul Johnson, and Roger Zelazny take readers on a journey through the magical realm of the DC Universe in The Books of Magic. When twelve-year-old Timothy Hunter shows signs of becoming the most powerful magician in the DC Universe, John Constantine, the Stranger, Dr. Occult, and Mr. E. show him the past, present, alternate worlds, and future of magic, with appearances from Etrigan, Zatanna, Titania of Faerie, and three of the Endless: Dream, Destiny, and Death. The story shows both the beauty and price of magic, as Timothy faces the choice between being a part of the magical world or rejecting it. This story is Gaiman at his best, with a sense of the mythic and beautiful that also has an underlying current of danger, which only makes the world more enticing.

This 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition comes in a lovely hardcover and includes excerpts from Neil Gaiman’s script notes, pencil work, and thumbnails from Books III and IV. Since DC retired its Vertigo imprint, the book features the DC Black Label imprint and The Sandman Universe Classics banner on its cover livery. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Jul 24, 2020 |
Rather a who's who of the DC comic world of magic, mixed with a bit of real magic.

What? Real magic? As in great storytelling, great art, a big portion of myth and a much more huge portion of fascination? You bet!

A kid very much like Harry Potter might have been starts a journey of discovery, with four wise(ass) men from the magical side of Detective Comics, ostensibly to see if he wants to keep upon the path of a magical destiny. Give him the principles and a feel for the cost, show him the dark side, let him hope for the light, and put him in constant peril while keeping an eye on him... or not.

All told, it's one hell of a journey less like the Inferno and more like a dive into the human psyche to revel in our imagination and our sense of wonder.

For all that, it works brilliantly.

Whatever happened to our sense of wonder, anyway? Perhaps it's just slumbering, waiting for that one good story to kiss us and shock us awake after long last?

This one feels like a genuine Gaiman even though it's filled to the brim with stock DC franchise characters. The point is the journey, after all, not the reiteration of the franchises. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
First of all, reading this on the Kindle was an amazing. I was hesitant because it's a comic and I wanted to have the art in book form, but the Kindle edition was cheap and I didn't want to buy a used copy off some rando. I was pleasantly surprised by the panel-focus option, in which each swipe takes you to the next panel or obvious section to read, zoomed in and easier than viewing a full page. It also showed the full-page spreads after you finish the last panel on that page, which was really cool. It made it much easier to focus when there's so much jargon and such to wade through.

As for the story, I enjoyed the way it was broken down into four major journeys. I liked most of the characters, and found the plot lines interesting overall. Because each of those journeys was a single issue, I feel like some things could have been given more attention, or more time spent on riddles/other trials than like two panels. However, those riddles weren't really the purpose of each of those journeys, so it's not really a complaint.

I really enjoyed the exploration of possible futures, the end of the world, end of the universe, end of time, etc. That's something that people seem so afraid to address in various media, even if they have a really interesting take on what the far (far, far, far, far) future might look like. Sure, we see all kinds of futuristic sci-fi, but not in this sense.

I loved the lineart so much. The coloring was great too, but the characters art was so gooooood. ( )
  Octjillery | May 5, 2020 |
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Gaiman, NeilWriterHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Berger, KarenHerausgeberCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Bigard, A.MitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Bolton, JohnIllustratorCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Ellington, D.MitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Hampton, ScottIllustratorCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Johnson, PaulIllustratorCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Kahan, BobHerausgeberCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Klein, ToddLettererCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Mills, I,MitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Vess, CharlesIllustratorCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Bolton, JohnUmschlagillustrationCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Bruning, RichardGestaltungCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Zelazny, RogerEinführungCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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Award-winning author Neil Gaiman's tale of Timothy Hunter, a boy with the power to be the world's greatest magician, is once again available in trade paperback! Some of the greatest mystics in the DC Universe, such as John Constantine and the Phantom Stranger, must aid Timothy Hunter in his decision on whether or not to become a powerful magician or return to his normal life.

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