Wednesday, August 23, 2023

#IReadsYou Review: THE MAGIC ORDER 3 #3


STORY: Mark Millar
ART: Gigi Cavenago
COLORS: Valentina Napolitano
LETTERS: Clem Robins
EDITORIAL: Sarah Unwin
COVER: Gigi Cavenago
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Gigi Cavenago; Ben Oliver
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (September 2022)

Rated M / Mature

The Magic Order created by Mark Millar at Netflix

The Magic Order was a six-issue comic book miniseries written by Mark Millar and drawn by Olivier Coipel.  Published in 2018-19, The Magic Order focuses on the sorcerers, magicians, and wizards – in particularly the Moonstone family – who live ordinary lives by day, but protect humanity from darkness and monsters of impossible sizes by night.  A second six-issue miniseries, The Magic Order 2 (2021-22), was recently published.

The Magic Order 3 introduces the Asian chapter of the The Magic Order.  A six-issue miniseries, this third installment is written by Millar; drawn by Gigi Cavenago; colored by Valentina Napolitano; and lettered by Clem Robins.  The series finds Cordelia Moonstone focusing her attention on the Asian chapter's Sammy Liu and his impossible wealth.

The Magic Order 3 #3 opens as Leonard Moonstone (Papa Moonstone) and Salome (Mama Moonstone) prepare for a trip.  Leonard stepped aside to make room for his daughter Cordelia as leader of the Order.  That allowed him to find his estranged wife and tell her what happened to their late son Gabriel (as seen in the first series). But Salome has been gone for a very long time, and she has a remarkable secret of her own when he finds her.  Can Leonard help her?

Meanwhile, in Baltimore, Regan Moonstone and Sacha “the Babysitter” are training their niece, Rosetta “Rosie” Moonstone,” in the arts of ghost-busting (so to speak).  Their targets are a group of gang bangers, the Mendoza brothers, come back from the dead as really malevolent ghosts.  But it seems that Rosie make be taking to her lessons too well.

THE LOWDOWN:  My favorite Mark Millar Netflix creation is The Magic Order.  It always surprises me – always.

The Magic Order 3 #3 offers a change of pace.  After he gives a look at the Moonstone parents, Millar moves us to the education of Rosie Moonstone (or miseducation).  Millar seems to always have delightful new characters to introduce, and after introducing them, he comes back with an amazing subplot involving a few of them.  Sacha and Rosie may be about to blow our minds.  Damn, Mark, I don't want to wait for the next issue.

The Magic Order 3's Italian maestro, artist Gigi Cavenago, makes this third issue soar.  Once the adventures of Rosie begins, the art seems to zip across the page as if driven by a wind that wants to be faster than our imaginations.  Cavenago also draws the creepiest creatures, and he presents the Mendoza ghost-monsters if they were eerie icons from some forgotten dark religion come to life.  Cavenago's graphical storytelling keeps The Magic Order fresh and vibrant, so that this third series isn't a repeat of the previous iterations of The Magic Order.

So Mark Millar has kept his word.  He wanted to blow our minds, and he and Cavenago are doing just that.  If I smoked cigarettes, I would need one now.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Mark Millar and of The Magic Order will want to read The Magic Order 3.

10 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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