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The artwork in this book is incredible, richly detailed and vibrantly colored by each of the four artists. And the writing itself, being done by Neil Gaiman, is of course exceptional.
If I have one complaint about the book, it's that it spends too much time discussing the dangers of magic, and too little seeing the benefits. The story is about offering Tim Hunter a choice about whether he wants to become a magician, and with all the doom and gloom he runs into it seems like a loaded choice. Still, this was a fun journey through time and space, that I can recommend to anyone.
Timothy Hunter has all the appearance of a slightly nerdy 12-year-old, right down to horn-rimmed glasses and a skateboard. What he doesn't know yet is that he has the potential to become one of the world's greatest magicians (and I don't mean the pulling rabbits out of a hat kind). But four powers do know, and decide that Tim should be prepared to make an informed decision to accept or reject his gift. Not all these agents are equally well disposed toward Tim, but each is going to take him on a trip through the magical side - for good or for ill.
Each of the four voyages - whether it be meeting historical or present day magicians, trying to stay alive, visiting the world of Faerie (where you have to follow all the rules), or taking a trip to the very end of everything - are both an adventure and a lesson in magical things. Tim learns about dark and light, chaos and order, and power and its absence. Heady stuff for a 12-year-old, and Gaiman does not shy away from complex discussions.
In the end Tim must make up his own mind and understand the consequences. He will do so better prepared than he would have been otherwise. And Gaiman will have shown the reader the inside picture of his version of fantasy. It is often intricate and full of dark promise, but always, there is somewhere where the light falls on wonder.
I reread this recently, it was so good!
Neil Gaiman is a master storyteller, and clearly a gentleman.
Many of the topics are cherry picked from this series and later appear in Harry Potter, did Neil complain? Nope, he went on and kept creating. And his works continue to enthrall. Truly a well of ideas. British writing at its finest.
The illustrator did a great job, and I wish this had been more than a four issue mini series. Neil, since you are revisiting Sandman, how about some more tales of Tim Drake too?
Welcome to the world of Tim Hunter. Tim is nothing special at first glance. He is just a boy trying to make his way in the world but he doesn't know what his future holds for him. Enter "The Trenchcoat Brigade" - The Phantom Stranger, Mister E, John Constantine, and Dr. Occult. These four members of the world of Magic in DC take Tim on a tour throughout the DC Universe. Tim will travel with his various guides from the beginning of time to the end meeting some of the most powerful and important characters of magic and mystery. Before all is said and done Tim will even spend some time with Death from the Sandman series.
I hate reading reviews that tell you everything so I won't do it here. Just remember when you enter a world by Gaiman as soon as you say yes you are have given yourself over to the world he has created for you. If you read and enjoy this book there are other graphic novels from the series that was launched from this book. If you are a fan of Neil Gaiman it is just something you have to have. Enjoy.
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