The Books of Magic, Volume 1 by John Ney Rieber

The Books of Magic, Volume 1

Tim Hunter, destined to become Earth's greatest sorcerer, defends the realm of Faerie from the deadly manticore while trying to maintain a normal childhood life. Is his real father the one-armed drunk in the front room or is he the man who can turn into a hawk? Is his mother dead and buried or is she Titania, Queen of Faerie? Plus Death herself weighs in on the subject of identity.Collecting: The Books of Magic 1-4

Details The Books of Magic, Volume 1

TitleThe Books of Magic, Volume 1
Release DateMar 1st, 1995
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Fiction, Comic Book, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews The Books of Magic, Volume 1

  • Titas (I read in bed)
    Because you are not real eitherSometimes we read and gulp down books that we like. But there are few books that swallow us down and make us think, "Did I read the book or did it read me?"Neil Gaiman had given us The Books of Magic and after a few years Vertigo decided to launch a series about it which gave us this epic and wonderful product of some great minds.Volume 1: Bindings reintroduces us to the boy called Tim Hunter who is destined to beco...
  • Cathy
    It was OK but still not super intriguing at all, it didn't leave me very curious about what Tim was going to do next by any means. Death was kind of cool, but pretty preachy too. The fae were stereotypical. And it was really annoying that Gaiman's The Books of Magic was numbered 0 and this is book 1, but somehow there was clearly a big chunk of story missing between the two, since Tim had already met the Falconer and had a terrible experience wit...
  • Samantha
    Fascinating. Tim the main magical character is similar to the famous Harry Potter which is interesting (something about that archetype yields scrawny boys with troubled pasts dark messy hair and glasses). My favorite character was death. She was stunning and cute, easy to relate to yet shes death so has some depth there. She had a simple apartment that reminds me of some of my apartment homes (comforting), teddy bears, and offers tea to ease the ...
  • Iva
    Красива візуально та абсолютно беззмістовна сюжетно річ. Можливо, це такий перший том, але якщо за 100 сторінок так нічого неклішованого не трапилось - це поганий показник.Хоча, повторюсь: візуально це дуже крута та стилістично витримана річ.
  • Derek
    it's odd, but I haven't read the original Tim Hunter series by Neil Gaiman (Note to Self: Read the Tim Hunter series), as I was reading this 'revival' of Tim Hunter, by John Ney Rieber, all I kept asking myself was what the hell happened for their character to ever needed 'reviving'? I mean, Neil is a genius, Rieber does a remarkable job also, I can't fathom a possibility in which Tim Hunter wasn't done justice to warrant this 'revival'. I'm not ...
  • C.
    Poor Timothy Hunter. His life story is an exercise in wrong place, wrong time. A full 7 years before the introduction of Harry Potter to the masses, 12-year-old magician in training Timothy Hunter debuted in a 4-issue limited series from DC Comics and writer Neil Gaiman. Based on the success of that series, DC later made Tim’s exploit’s a regular monthly occurrence as part of their Vertigo imprint. “Bindings,” the first story arc in the o...
  • Vittorio Rainone
    Il fatto che sia un numero #1 è piuttosto fuorviante: la storia di Tim Hunter ha radici ben lontane, e qui sono presentati i numeri 57-61 della serie. Quando Gross ha preso le redini della storia e ha iniziato a raccontare lo scontro fra un depotenziato Tim Huner e il suo doppio malvagio e vampiro, che arriva a lui dopo aver distrutto un migliaio di mondi. La storia è raccontata benissimo, e l'impressione, come per il sodale di Gross su Lucifer...
  • Lisa Feld
    Rereading this for the first time in more than a decade, it's a gorgeous exploration of the magic of the faerie realms. There's other stuff that's closer to my heart now, but this still gets credit for being one of the early examples of urban fantasy, generating a wealth of ideas that other authors took and ran with.
  • Renee
    Loved everything about this. Death, Art style, Death. What can I say, I love The Sandman and Death is my favourite character so I'll read anything with her in it.
  • Baasanka
    I was ready to dismiss the whole volume after finishing the first issue but then it got just so much better. A pleasant read, glad I discovered this series.
  • Ron Turner
    I like the idea behind it but the story is very disjointed. Definitely helps if you're familiar with the Vertigo magical universe (Sandman, Constantine).
  • PurplyCookie
    The original "The Books of Magic"as written by Gaiman was great reading. Rieber takes over writing chores for the regular series and manages to put together a decent arc in "Bindings".There are a few subplots in the story, but the main driving force is Tim Hunter's battle with the Manticore. The Manticore is a changeling beast that captures children, "educates" them and eventually eats them. This is vintage Vertigo horror stuff, and is creepy eno...
  • The_Mad_Swede
    This volume collects the first four issues of John Ney Rieber's run on the ongoing Books of Magic title that followed Neil Gaiman's successful miniseries. With beautiful art and visual narration by Gary Amaro and Peter Gross, and creative consultation from Gaiman, Rieber manages (via a transition in the Vertigo event, the Children's Crusade, which as of yet remains uncollected, although a collection appears to be in the works for next year) to pi...
  • Mathieu
    Although it's quite disturbing (and really irritating) that the volume 1 of the Books of Magic is not really the follow-up of the previous installment (there was a separate story for another mini-serie in which the character of Tim showed up and which took place between the Books of Magic volume 0 and this one... fortunately, this story has been reprinted in Books of Faerie volume 1... unfortunately, the story reprinted is only one episode-long a...
  • Danielle
    I only recently found out about this graphic novel series, based on a concept by Neil Gaimen and featuring one of his most loved characters from his Sandman series: Death. As a big fan of the Sandman series I couldn't have been happier to find this and wasn't disappointed with it at all. One of my favourite storylines in Sandman featured Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and this first volume continues in that vein. At the core it's about a...
  • Jukka Kuva
    This review is for the ongoing series that followed Neil Gaiman's great introduction, which is listed as volume 0. After the introduction, everything that I liked in Gaiman's issues sort of faded away. The artwork is ugly without the beautiful parts in between. The plot itself is ok, but the way it's narrated makes it fall somewhere below mediocrity. The dialogue is a pain to read and if a comic is a pain to look at as well, like for example this...
  • Evie
    I like the story, however I feel as if there is a part missing since Tim is already aware that he isn't "normal" and he talks about having a previous teacher. Note 7/2/13: Now that I've read the comics that came before this I am able to fully appreciate this book. Enjoyed it much more this time reading it.
  • Kirsten
    GoodReads lists Jane Yolen as the author, but actually she just wrote the introduction.John Ney Rieber takes over the reigns and continues Neil Gaiman's miniseries. Rieber is not Neil Gaiman, but for the most part he doesn't try to be, which is good. The story is fascinating and magical and even a little bit touching, and I very much enjoyed it.
  • Amanda [Novel Addiction]
    Nowhere near as good as "The Books of Magic" by Neil Gaiman, however this volume was interesting in itself. Dealing a lot with Faerie, and with a guest visit by Death, we see more of the world Tim has inherited as a Magician. 3 stars because it was good, but not great. It's fairly short, so it's an enjoyable enough read for its size.
  • Simon
    This was slightly baffling, been meaning to read it for years and got volume 1, but very little of it made any sense.So I turned to google and found out this isn't actually the first volume, it continues the story and characters from a previous volume.All very confusing.
  • G.
    The story of Faiere and the Manticore. Reminded me of love and hate and fear, and what's supposed to be holding the world together. Say what you will about IGN's top 100 villains. The Manticore gets little panel-time, but he is beyond belief. Worthy for those seeking some way out of despair.
  • AK Anderson
    I love this little spin-off of Death and Tamlin and Titania. If you read Sandman, you'll recognize Death and her apartment. She's one of my favorite Endless. I felt like it could have gone deeper, could have used a few more pages, but I enjoyed the heck out of what was in my hands.
  • Patrick
    Nowhere near as interesting as the first. And the first wasn't actually all that interesting, when you get right down to it. Death gets her cameo, but other than that I could really take it or leave it.
  • Keri (JD)
    I felt like the transitions between scenes were really hard to understand. The harry potter character was not loveable, I liked the Manticore better. I did not know this was a graphic novel when I ordered it from the library.
  • Dave Peticolas
    More stories set in the Books of Magic milieu created by Gaiman.
  • sixthreezy
    Not nearly as engrossing as Gaiman's introduction graphic novel... Kind of boring in all honesty. Not sure if I will continue to read through the Books of Magic.
  • Ken-ichi
    This was a pretty fun repetition of the nerd gets powers kind of story.
  • M.i.
    I like the pacing of this story. It builds upon the earlier version and shows how confused Tim is still about his place in the world.
  • Alex
    Not nearly as good as the original by Gaiman -- it was reasonably enjoyable, but lacked a certain, I don't know exactly, coherence or elegance or grandness.