REVIEW: ‘The Magicians,’ Issue #5

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The Magicians #5, which is published by BOOM! Studios’ imprint Archaia, is written by Lilah Sturges, illustrated by Pius Bak, colored by Gabriel Cassata, and lettered by Mike Fiorentino. The previous issue picks up with the aftermath of the massacre that took the lives of multiple teachers in the library. Dean Fogg attempts to assure the students that things are under control. However, this doesn’t stop the fact that some students are suspicious about the attacks. They feel as if this attack is associated with the hedge magicians that were invited to join the Brakebills’ student-faculty. However, Dean Fogg and Keshawn gather their students and confess the real threat. The attack in the library was only the beginning and the Brakebills students and hedge magicians are in for the fight of their lives.

The Magicians #5 immediately picks up with the Brakebills students and hedge magicians facing off against Nafarro and Sophie. Nafarro is set on stealing powerful books because of a vision he had of the future. Dean Fogg and Keshawn head in to protect the students and make sure that Nafarro’s plans don’t succeed. After getting to safety, the students try to come up with a plan to stop Sophie since she’s gotten a boost in power from being a revenant. Emily comes up with a dangerous plan that could either potentially save them or kill them all.

I’m continuously impressed by the students’ character development each time I read a new issue of this series. Having just been told that they would need to take on Nafarro and need to learn battle magic, they rose up to the occasion. It would be easy to just see this character development as only needed for the sake of the plot, but there’s so much more to it. Getting themselves in a situation like this, it wouldn’t be difficult to see them walk away. Battle magic, as explained and seen in earlier issues, is something extremely dangerous. Sturges has written characters that recognize what needs to happen and why they’re the only ones who could take on Nafarro.

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Speaking of Nafarro, I was excited for them to finally make an appearance in The Magicians comic series. I was even more excited when Dean Fogg revealed that all of this was happening because of an evil plan that Nafarro was plotting. However, I was disappointed with the revelation of what that plot actually is. It’s a much more believable reason, but it’s hard to imagine the reason for it to be referred to as “evil.” Perhaps there’s a lot more about their plan that hasn’t been revealed, but Nafarro’s plan doesn’t give off any villainous vibes. This makes Nafarro a lot less menacing than I thought they would be.

A major portion of this issue focuses on battle scenes. I was beyond impressed by how incredibly drawn those scenes were. Bak and Cassata were able to once again depict just how the battle magic fights could look like within The Magicians series. The fights not only look fierce but they’re also aesthetically pleasing to look at. The colors from the spells and blasts blend well together. I was taken back to the series finale of Avatar the Last Airbender where Zuko and Azula are in a firebending match against one another. I would love to see more battles like the ones that were in The Magicians #5.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Magicians #5. From the superb character development to the incredible battle scenes, this issue went above and beyond to be incredible. I wouldn’t have imagined that the series would go to such lengths to tell an amazing story. I have such high hopes on where the story can go from here.

The Magicians #5 will is available for purchase now wherever comic books are sold.

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TL;DR

Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Magicians #5. From the superb character development to the incredible battle scenes, this issue went above and beyond to be incredible. I wouldn’t have imagined that the series would go to such lengths to tell an amazing story. I have such high hopes on where the story can go from here.