The Black Mage by Daniel Barnes

The Black Mage

The School for Good and Evil meets Dread Nation in this subversive original graphic novel where race, history and magic collide. When St. Ivory Academy, a historically white wizarding school, opens its doors to its first-ever black student, everyone believes that the wizarding community is finally taking its first crucial steps toward inclusivity. Or is it? When Tom Token, the beneficiary of the school's "Magical Minority Initiative," begins unco...

Details The Black Mage

TitleThe Black Mage
Release DateOct 29th, 2019
PublisherOni Press
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Young Adult, Comics, Graphic Novels Comics, Fiction, Magic, Graphic Novels Manga, Paranormal, Witches, Childrens, Middle Grade

Reviews The Black Mage

  • Emily (Obsessed Reader)
    I was given an e-book of this graphic novel for free for review by Netgalley.This was a very quick read, but it still had a lot of great points and topics covered in the short amount of time. I enjoyed this and I think that it could turn into a good series. The artwork was more of a very colorful anime, which I liked. I hope there will be more to come!
  • ♡ ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴀ ᴍ ♡
    *4.5 / 5 starsThank you to Netgalley for providing this e-ARC for me in exchange for an honest review.❣I really enjoyed reading this book and it was quite a quick read for me. I finished The Black Mage like in half an hour because it was fun and I was so excited to see what would happen next in the story. If someone are finding a graphic novel concerning magic, I would highly recommend this. *4.5 / 5 starsThank you to Netgalley for providing ...
  • Lost in Book Land
    I know when this post goes live October will be almost over but I love October and fall so much why not celebrate it all I can! I received an ebook ARC of this book on Netgalley from the publisher over the summer and I really wanted to read it on a particular day but I did not want to post my full review on my site until it got much closer to when the book came out. At the actual time I read it, the book still had over two months before it came o...
  • Emma
    The ARC of this graphic novel was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 StarsI quite enjoyed this graphic novel. I very much appreciated the concept of seeing the theme of racism explored in a fantasy setting. There are definitely similarities between St. Ivory Academy’s headmaster and his colleagues and the members of the KKK, this much was pretty obvious and I think it was explained fairly well. Tom was...
  • Aleksandra
    * netgalley arc for a review*The Black Mage is fun action-packed can-be-read-as-a-standalone graphic novel, exploring racism in a modern world fantasy setting. The book is a total page-turner! I've devoured the whole volume in less than an hour. I love the vibrant colors and the panel composition. The fighting sequences are particularly excellent. The arc is a full color one and what a pleasant reading it was!The intro says the comic is inspired ...
  • Devann
    I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalleyactual rating: 3.5This was maybe a bit too simplistic or 'on the nose' at times but it was funny and entertaining and I liked the main characters and the art style. At first I thought it was a bit much that ALL the wizarding stuff had synonyms for white in their names and that the main character was literally named 'Token', but this book REALLY leaned into the satire aspect of its plot and ultimat...
  • Hristina
    I loved the anime inspired art style and the colors, I thought it looked really cool. I enjoyed the story too, it was a bit more race focused than I expected, but I liked how it was handled. I thought the pace was a bit fast and I feel like I would've enjoyed it even more if there was more back story, about the characters and about the school.Overall it's a fast and enjoyable read, and the story is interesting. It just makes you wish there was mo...
  • Becky
    This is a fantastic fantasy graphic novel which is set in a magical school which is run by the Klan. The school has just allowed a black person to attend under the guise of adding diversity to their school at last, but everything isn't what it seems. The other students immediately have a problem with the new addition to the school, but he never allows it to get to him. Even when everything unfolds all at once, he keeps himself together. I won't g...
  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. This graphic novel is about a Black kid who gets accepted into a shady magical school that turns out to be run by actual KKK. I really liked the art and colors, and I loved the message of fighting your oppressors with the help and the strength of the generations that came before you.I do like stories with powerful messages ...
  • Anniek
    I received an eARC of this graphic novel through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review.This is such a fun, fast-paced graphic novel, with a lot more depth then I was expecting, and I really loved it. The parallels with the real world aren't even subtle, and that makes this a poignant graphic novel. But the story is told in a more light-hearted way, and it's often funny. From "St. Ivory Academy", to Tom Token and his companion Jim Crow, and ...
  • Candice
    Black boy magic! This was such a great comic and I can really see kids and teens enjoying it. Not only does it take you to a world filled with magic, but we're also getting American history mixed in. Readers will recognize historical figures and race discrimination that has long plagued this country. Seeing a young black boy triumph over evil oppressors is the type of story young people need to see more often. Definitely recommend to any comic fa...
  • Brianna - Coffee Books and Bullet Journals
    Thank you to Netgalley. ARC received in exchange for an honest reviewI had high hopes for this, but unfortunately, to me, it felt like it was just making fun of racism. His name was Token? Whitehorn? St. Ivory school? It just all seemed like a joke to me. I'm also not really a fan of anime and comics/shows like "Dragonball Z" and this felt like the same aesthetic. It just wasn't for me.
  • Amber
    The theme of this story is clearly the highlight. The story could have used a few more pages to feel less rushed. Plus, it would have been nice to get to know Tom and the overall magic system better. I received an ecopy of this through netgalley; however, all opinions are my own.
  • Aditi
    I really enjoyed this! It's a bit confusing at the beginning, but it's filled with plot twists and layered characters, morally grey characters, and inclusiveness. This is a recommended read!
  • Jamie
    I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!I really wanted to like this. The plot sounded incredible! A story about a wizarding school that is accepting it's first black student sounds incredible. I was so ready for intricate character development and watching the main character (Tom) face racism, while breaking down barriers, proving his worth, and maybe cursing some racists along the way.Instead I got a b...
  • Helen
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review – thanks so much to Netgalley for sending this to me!The Black Mage is a vibrant, speedy book with an epic art style that’s like a combination of Harry Potter and Little Witch Academia. It’s super action packed, blending different pop-culture references in a way that’s really fun – it’s like lots of little nods to things we know and love. The book follows T...
  • Patty Zuiderwijk
    I have received an e-ARC via Netgalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.I have never read that many graphic novels, when I read the description of this one it definitely sparked my interest!Harry Potter was definitely an inspiration, the magical school itself and the train ride and the bird companion are just a few of the obvious.You can hate those details, but I would not see why.This story combines the magic with the first interaction between...
  • Bethany
    Harry Potter meets Get Out in this irreverent graphic novel about the first black mage to attend an all-white school for sorcerers that just might have some dark secrets. (the principle dresses in KKK getup, to give you some sense of what you are in for). You will find dark humor with pointed jabs at white supremacy, the current American administration, and subtle forms of racism throughout. Some white readers may find it to be uncomfortable, but...
  • Manon the Malicious
    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Black Mage was a comic about racism, wizardry and friendship. It tells the story of Tom Token, the first black student in a school for mages. He is immediately bullied by his peers except for his student guide who take him under her wing. Then a lot of stuff happens.I really liked this. This was short and interesting and entertaining. I liked the two main characters and the ...
  • xueh wei
    I thought this book was alright, you can tell that it was trying to draw on parallels with American Civil Rights History, the moment the black MC was called "Mr. Token" in an all-white school (lmao) while the headmaster was called Mr. Lynch — too obvious!I appreciated the attempt, but felt the execution was lacklustre. But if you like magic and fighting the bad guys without much depth in plot, just a lot of action, this might be for you. Thank ...
  • Steff Pasciuti
    I have to admit, I was quite thrown within the first several pages of The Black Mage by Daniel Barnes and illustrated by D. J. Kirkland. This graphic novel is incredibly bold and immensely terrifying, blatantly exposing racism in a way that can shock the reader, and I think is meant to shock the reader. It's uncomfortable in its own right, but frankly, I think that if it were not uncomfortable, this book would not be doing what it set out to do ...
  • Bree (alibraryforone)
    3.5/5 starsThis graphic novel is a collision of magic and racial histories, which aren't normally featured in fantasy settings. The Black Mage is a quick read, that covers a lot of material, and keeps you interested. A lot of stuff seems to happen within a tiny window of time. Also, the art style is friendly and belies the seriousness of the topics that make up this book. *Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an hones...
  • Lexy
    I received a free copy of this graphic novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This was fantastic. We met Token, a kid who’s supposed to be the first African American Mage in St. Ivory, a school of magic heavily inspired on Hogwarts. His journey is not easy because everyone sees him as the outsider, but something darker than that is waiting for him.Let’s start: the art was glorious, so colorful, shiny and anime like. It was fast...
  • cafeyre
    The ARC of this graphic novel was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Tom Tolken is a first black mage who was accepted to the St. Ivory Academy for your magicians. His first days at school are not easy because of the color of his skin. He meets Lindsay who keeps his company from the first day there. Besides the high rate of racism in the school, everything looks normal until someone sends Tom an I.D. student...
  • Tanmay Gambhir
    I got the e-arc of this graphic novel from netgalley and the respective in exchange for an honest review.Here is my review of THE BLACK MAGE BY DANIEL BARNESRATING :- ⭐⭐⭐⭐What I liked :- I completed this graphic novel in one sitting I didn't even get up for a minute. It was a very quick and fun read. I liked how this book tackled issues of racism and how it was connected to what had actually happened in America in the past about Klan and ...
  • Eileen
    3.5 stars rounded upI really enjoyed this story as an introduction to the Black Mage and hope there will be more stories about him. The main character is likeable as is his friend and student liason, Lindsey. The story is sort of like Harry Potter meets the Avengers in the context of the Civil War and racism. I wish there had been a bit more about how the magic worked (especially that hammer), but that may be the function of face-paced graphic no...
  • Chloë Jans
    First of all, this book is incredibly race-focused. That is not a negative nor a positive thing, although you need to know. I didn't and expected more of a magic school with a black kid who also needs to deal with some racism. That is not the case. The magic system isn't really explored. Another thing you should know: this is very inspired by anime so expect a lot of 'epic' battles between characters.In this story, we follow Tom who gets accepted...
  • Jill Kenna
    This was a fantastic graphic novel. It deals heavily with race and racism at a magic school called St. Ivory Academy. Our main character Tom Token, is the first black student at this school (that we know of). We start off seeing him get asked stupid, racist questions by his new school mates and dealing with people being horrible right off the bat. The rest of the book deals with Tom and his friend Lindsay discovering what the school is really abo...
  • Sofia Blackthorn Of The Wild Hunt
    5 stars!ARC provided by Net Galley and the publishing house in exchange of an honest review.This is an amazing graphic novel, that manages to combine racism,magic and fantasy in 153 pages. My copy was personalized, something I immensely adored.The story follows Tom,a teenage boy who gets accepted into St.Ivorys school of sorcery and being the first minority accepted in this school.I really liked Tom and enjoyed his behavior and manners very much ...
  • Marina
    The ARC of this graphic novel was provided by the publisher via #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Black Mage tells the story of Tom, a black teenage boy who is accepted in St.Ivory school of magic (witchcraft) as the very first black person ever to achieve that. Once there he will befriend Lindsay, a white teenage girl who was peacefully enjoying the many various privileges of her witness in a world crafted for people like her. I re...