The Books of Magic #7: Death after Death
Reviewed: January 22, 2008
By: written by John Ney Rieber / art by Peter Gross, Jill Thompson, Temujin and Richard Case
Publisher: Vertigo/DC Comics
230 pages, $20.75
So there’s this kid, see. He’s just entering puberty, wears glasses
and hasn’t got a very good home life. And, unknown to him, he’s
No - it’s not Harry Potter.
A few years before anyone heard of Hogwarts, author Neil Gaiman and artist John
Bolton created Timothy Hunter and whisked him through a four issue mini-series
in which he met nearly every mystic in the DC Comics universe, guided in his
quest by the trench coat brigade of John Constantine, Dr. Occult, the Phantom
Stranger and Mister E.
That might have been the end, but instead the concept was handed to John Ney
Rieber, who teamed up with a changing group of artists to carry Tim’s
struggle with accepting his legacy through about four years of a monthly comic
book series. It won a number of awards and took Tim through the perils of self-discovery
and the pains of loss.
The book at hand here is the last of the collected trade paperbacks of the series,
all of which can still be found in comic shops and at Amazon.ca. even though
it’s been 10 years since the series ended. In it, Tim discovers that he
has been coping with his confusion (puberty plus magical awakening) by distancing
himself from everyone that was ever important to him. In the midst of a near
apocalypse, Tim has to work his way through to self-acceptance.
There are all sorts of loose ends here, enough that I understand there was a
later series by a different creative team, but the 50 issues of this series
seem to me to stand alone and tell a tale.