In Review: Gutter Magic #1

When magic rules the world, a lucky few are born with great power. The rest of us have to steal it.

Synopsis: When magic rules the world, a lucky few are born with great power. The rest of us have to steal it.

Review: Written by Rich Douek ‘Gutter Magic’ is an original new comic book mini series, which is set in a world where most people are born with magic, but those that do not have to steal it.

The story centres on Cinder Byrnes a nobleman who is an outsider to his family because he had the misfortune to be born without any magical abilities. For years Cinder had been stealing spells and enchantments in order to build a spell that he can use to get his own magic. The only catch being he needs someone to cast it on him, which is quite a difficult spot to be in when you have stolen and ripped off just about every wizard in the world.

Douek with the help of his artist Brett Barkley has built an intriguing alternate steampunk universe, which is seemingly set a few hundred years after the second world war.

The story and characters have a similar feel to some of those found in Jim Butcher’s ‘Dresden Files’ books.

In fact you can actually see Harry Dresden being quite at home in this world. However Cinder is the reverse of Dresden in that he is not a powerful magician.

The banter between the two main characters of the story is fantastic fun to read. There are a few laugh out loud moments in this issue alone.

Cinder seems to have burned quite a few bridges at the point in which we meet him.

Brett Barkley’s art works really well with the story and the mix of human and goblin type characters really take you into this world.

By close of this first issue. I found myself wanting more, which is always a good sign.

If you like fast paced stories with clear art and sarcastic humour and magic. Then this book will likely be on your must read list by the time you have gotten through the first issue.

Gutter Magic #1
  • Fun engaging characters and great world building
  • Nothing bad about this one.
  • Story
  • Art Work
  • Lettering

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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