The Magic Order Vol. by Mark Millar and Stuart Immonen. 2, from Image Comics, evokes an expansive and brutally violent magical world.
Author Mark Millar’s Millarworld stories are rarely small or standalone; they get fat, or they go home. The magic order Flight. 2 by Mark Millar, Stuart Immonen, Sunny Gho and Clem Robins conjures up another villainous tale that places its fallible characters in a huge world and then puts them through the wringer in a way that would make George RR Martin blush.
The magic order Flight. 2 doesn’t spend too much time rehashing the events of the previous arc, confident that the reader has done their homework. So the story kicks off with the introduction of a new character named Victor Korne, who seems determined to shake up the world of magic and bring some darkness into the fray. The Korne family also has some history with the Magical Order, so it becomes a lot more personal than strictly professional. Elsewhere, Cordelia Moonstone is now the head of the Magical Order; however, she doesn’t exactly take on the role with enthusiasm. By his side are his brother, Regan, and his old flame, Francis, who is battling his own personal demons. It’s a full-fledged war between Korne and the Magical Order where there can only be one victor.
When it comes to distinctive storytelling, Millar embraces darkness. In The magic order Flight. 2, Millar continues to write a cast of characters that are flawed, damaged, and in a constant state of peril. No one is ever safe in a Millarworld tale, and a “red wedding” could be just around the corner. Unlike the first volume of magic order, this volume focuses more on actual magic. The Moonstone family drama becomes less important as the battle between good magic and bad magic takes center stage. Now that each character is established, the real fun can begin.
The team of Immonen, Gho and Robins bring Millar’s words to life. Even though The magic order Flight. 2 tells a violent story that explores dark and disturbing themes, the art never degenerating into an overzealous gore mess. Instead, Immonen displays violence tastefully, even when characters are viciously decapitated by blasts of magical energy.
There is a larger than life tone to the art and lettering. The creative team clearly understands the task at hand. Nothing about this story or the characters seems remotely small. This rich and dynamic world emerges from the page. The detail in each panel is worth revisiting, if only to see the amount of effort that went into world-building.
The magic order Flight. 2 is more expansive than its predecessor. The new volume packs more action and jaw-dropping moments as the series finally finds its footing. That said, there is a lingering feeling that Millar might have something more up his sleeve. It’s easy to imagine the narrative continuing to push the boundaries even further. This may just be the second set of appetizers in a five-course meal.
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