Comic Review: The Magicians: New Class (BOOM! Studios)

BOOM! Studios release another story arc of The Magicians series which focuses a new school year in New Class, the graphic novel. Now I’ve heard of The Magicians comic book […]

BOOM! Studios release another story arc of The Magicians series which focuses a new school year in New Class, the graphic novel.

Now I’ve heard of The Magicians comic book series, I just read the Alice’s Story, and it turned out to be a big Harry Poter cliches on them, but it also tells about a love story and then she turned into a Niffin at the end of the story. This one of course focuses on a new school year of magic school which is much more than watching any Harry Poter stories. This story is originally created by Lev Grossman, and currently written the story by Lilah Sturges and illustrated by Pius Bak. Now to understand the whole concept of the story, I’m gonna start with him. Lev Grossman is an American Novelist who is best known for The Magicians trilogy. It was published in 2009 and made as a New York Times Bestseller and one of the best books of the year. The story tells about a high school senior named Quentin Coldwater is secretly obsessed with fantasy novels, just until one day, he discovered the whole school is real suddenly because of his obsession, he started enrolling there to study magic. So the whole series was more of a whole library of Harry Poter gimmicks, right until the author decided to hire artists and writers to turn into a graphic novel at some point, just to see some visuals for the comic book fans and readers.

The front cover shows a new series of characters coming up from this graphic novel, since this is the new school year, the author decided to give a taste of the preview for the readers, right after Quentin Coldwater and his friends graduated for a long time. There are more like some angsty teenagers who are in thirst for power and no matter how the look at them, it almost seems to be outcast for some reason and inexperienced of magician apprentices. The story starts with one of the biggest cliches of every start of the school is the departure. The fact of every other Magicians story starts is when the students are prepared for their new school year, there are one of the magicians who summoned up a portal to teleport to the school of Brakebills Academy for Magical Pedagogy. Back to Alice’s story starts when she got a taxi cab to take her to some forest just to find a mysterious school that is hiding from the outside world because magic, and that was when she was still a teenager and inexperienced, and some teacher takes her to the school. But on every story, it literary teleports you to another place. So from the get-go, the story introduces some of the new characters, starting with the new teacher which is Keshawn Warren who is best known for non-classical magical traditions and such which makes magic to him in a nutshell, and his students Emily, Audrey, and Patrick who brought them into the school building as well, and they’ll enrolling as third years which is promising because nothing of the story makes sense which is every other student’s thoughts about it.

Supposedly these three students possess so much knowledge and mastery of magic, but that is to be told. So first their third years were teaching about battle magic from Dean Fogg which most likely Black Magic like offensive, defensive magic, even summoning and tempering weapons, which is most likely can be done in any fantasy world. So one of the three students demonstrated their magic that they’ve studied, fortunately, one of them grabbed the moon with a lasso and pulled over and turned into a supermoon. But then when Sophie uses her fire magic, she actually abused by the power of nature and burned herself to death. This whole situation made them feel guilty for practicing magic outside and gave them a heart attack over her death, and then the next day, someone or something revived her without warning. So the teachers took him to their new home which is more like the cottage from Harry Poter. They demonstrated the battle magic and the catch is that they fought in French sword dueling style of magic. It almost looked like airbending, but using magic with shockwaves is actually terrifying. Then the next day, students started dying overnight, and for such circumstances, the school of magic is becoming more dangerous for the students who study battle magic. It’s a long shot, but how long will they go on like this?

The story is giving much more an excitement and guilt at the same time. Who would have taught if you have some magician who teaches you battle magic, black magic to translate. But it’s more than just that, it’s about the darkest secrets behind that school because someone just burned herself, and replaces as a clone who goes to take the spells of secret arts. Was it the professor’s mistake to take these students in to teach black magic? At the end of the book, you’ll get a gallery of the characters to possess themselves as Arcana tarot cards, then where’s Dio and The World? The art is mostly given so many details, the art style that I’ve looked over Alice’s Story and Instagram shows that it’s similar to Berserk, but to him, his art style is that he plays around with the details of the characters and the backgrounds. But from my perspective, his style changes that drastically over a year ago. Look back to Alice’s Story and go back to this comic, just before this comic came out, he focused on his line art and the coloring. Here in this comic, because of the facial expressions of the characters, the artist seemed to have changed his style by adding some of the details characters and became something that came out from people in real life. I can’t explain more, but this is something else. If you rather want to read another chapter of The Magicians series then this is for you.

About Kevin Bermeo

I'm a New Yorker Artist, and I traveled a lot. I enjoy making comics, illustrations, paintings, and digital art. Besides drawing, I'm also a writer, I used to be a Gamer, and I love adventures, food, and dragons.