Review: Books of Magic #23 (Final Issue)
[Editor’s Note: This Review may contain spoilers]
Writer: David Barnett
Artist: Tom Fowler, Craig A. Taillefer
Colors: Marissa Louise
Letters: Todd Klein
Reviewer: Tony Farina
The true masterminds behind the Cult of the Cold Flame now stand revealed—as does their purpose in handing the power of the Book of Possibilities over to Tim Hunter’s onetime friends Ellie, Fatimah, and Tyler! But can Tim save his schoolmates from making a terrible choice? Or is their Destiny already written?
Books of Magic #23 had a lot to do in a short space. David Barnett did all the work with care and with all the attention it deserved. Thank you David for picking up Kat’s heavy sword and wielding it with such deftness. It must have been daunting, but you sir, were up to the task. You showed us all what it is like to grow up, feel lost, be hurt, lose people, find people and most importantly, accept and love ourselves. Tim’s journey has been a joy and I feel rewarded for having read and reviewed every single issue.
Kai Carpenter did every cover of this series. I would like to plaster my walls with them. Each is a work of art that can only be rivaled by a different cover of this series.
Tom Fowler and Craig Taillefer’s magical trip into the Dreaming and into Tim’s corner of England has been special. I find joy each month when I go back and look for something in the background I missed. Marissa Louise’s colors capture me each time I see them and I never want to look away. Todd Klein manages to keep the words out of the way and in my head. Bravo to you all. I will miss this so much.
Books of Magic #23 is the final issue. That is bad news.
Books of Magic #23 concludes what has been the absolute part of the rebooted Sandman Universe. Kat Howard, David Barnett, Tom Fowler, Craig Taillefer, Marissa Louise, Todd Klein and cover artist Kai Carpenter are all to be applauded for showing us how to tell a human story in the middle of such crazy times for both Tim and us. Each month, I read this book last because I knew I wanted save the best for last. I hope DC decides to bind this whole series with a hard cover. It is worthy.