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Featured Review: @TopCow Rise of the Magi #2 @Marc_Silvestri @SumeyyeKesgin1 @Mirkand @TheThirdG

Rise of the Magi #2

After a terrifying escape from the Magic world into ours, Asa finds that not even two realities are big enough to hide in. Armed with a terrible secret meant to destroy both his world and this strange place called Earth, Asa Stonethrow must seek help from his realms most feared criminals. His only hope is an enchanted frog and a street-smart, opportunistic petty thief and con artist named April Mae June.


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Cover & Solicit 5/5

This issue has 2 covers. Cover A is by Stjepan Šejić (Aphrodite IX, Death Vigil), and shows a Goblin taking a selfie and fits the issue due to the fact that Asa finds himeself in our world. Cover B is by Marc Silvestri with Betsy Gonia on colors, and is of Ba-tu and the now deceased Captain Rave. Both are beautifully done.

Art, Colors & Inking 5/5

The art for this book is by Sumeyye Kesgin and Mirka Andolfo (Fanboys vs Zombies, Bravest Warriors, Chaos!). I really like their style and until I started writing this review didn't realize it had two different artists. I normally frown upon multiple artists but these two work seamlessly together and unless you scrutinize each page you'd be hard-pressed to know who did what. Their art is slightly cartoon like and fits the humor and fun of the series. Colors are provided by Betsy Gonia (Witchblade) and she is proving her worth at Top Cow, not only in the editorial department but her colors are outstanding. Everything comes out vibrant and easy to read.

Layout & Flow 3/5

This issue as the normal Top Cow catch-up pages which helps new readers. I did however find the flow a little off in this issue. I think it was in part due to the fact we are now in new world, "ours" instead of the mystical world of Rune from the past two issues. It takes awhile to get your head around it. We also get a small interruption when we are taken back to Rune. Finally it does seem like there is a lot of information being thrown at you very fast. Otherwise the art flow and story worked well, and was still pretty new reader friendly.

Story 4/5

Marc Silvestri (Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, Cyber Force) Issue #1 picks up with Asa running into a swindler named April. She promises to help him by saying she is "The One". Once some mystical creatures come out of the vortex that brought Asa to our world, she decides it might not have been the best plan. Silvestri takes us on a little adventure with Asa trying to find The One and April against her better judgement decides to help. I like where this story is heading, but was disheartened in this issue that we didn't get much in the way of magic. Considering this is a story about magic it was a bit of a letdown. Silvestri does however leave us hanging once again with a shocking final page.

Verdict - 4.3 - (8.5/10) (Buy Rise of the Magi) SAVE 10%

Like I stated last issue this is definitely a series everyone should check out. Marc Silvestri has another winner on his hands. I also compliment Sumeyye Kesgin and Mirka Andolfo who both have a very unique and beautiful art style which work seamlessly together. While this issue had some flow problems due to change of venue, it was still easy to get on-board even if you haven't read the first two issues. The story is compelling and somewhat unique and I can't wait to see what Silvestri has in store for the next issue.


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