In Review: The Magic Order #1

We live in a world where we've never seen a monster, and The Magic Order is the reason we sleep safely in our beds.

Synopsis: We live in a world where we’ve never seen a monster, and The Magic Order is the reason we sleep safely in our beds. Magic meets the mob in THE MAGIC ORDER, as five families of magicians—sworn to protect our world for generations—must battle an enemy who’s picking them off one by one. By day, they live among us as our neighbors, friends, and co-workers, but by night, they are the sorcerers, magicians, and wizards that protect us from the forces of darkness…unless the darkness gets them first.

Review: The Magic Order is the much publicised first comic that Mark Millar has done exclusively for Netflix and is published through Image Comics.

This first issue throws us straight in at the deep end with the murder of Edward Lixowski. It’s not so much the murder itself, but it is the means by which this murder is committed that will have your jaw literally hit the floor.

The aftermath of this murder brings the Moonstone family together in order to commemorate the passing of the late Lixowski. We’re gradually introduced to a different member of the Moonstone family over the pages of this first issue and they all seem to be very unique in their own particular way. One is a stage magician who catches bullets with his teeth. Another is an unreliable, drunk and often in trouble children’s entertainer.

We get to hear about the families responsibilities and the Magic Order of which they are all a part of. A magic order, which is seemingly somewhat fragmented.

We even get introduced to a likely suspect for the murder, but who or what did she use in order to execute her plans. We already have a loose idea of the why!

Without spoiling too much. This first issue introduces us to the family and core group of characters that we’ll learn more about over the next six issues.

Overall. My first impressions of this story are great. I’m already looking forward to seeing how things progress as we learn more about these characters. They are likable for the most part. Warts and all.

Mark Millar has delivered us another comics world that I have no doubt people will enjoy. The combination of magic, crime drama and mystery will hook you in. It manages to be its own thing and does so without emulating much of the stuff folk will have already seen in televisions The Magicians. This is not The Magicians, it’s actually better in my opinion.

The artwork from Oliver Coipel is fantastic. I loved a sequence in the book where we see a shapeshifter turn into a corpse. And you also have to give credit to Dave Stewart (Not the one from The Eurythmics), but the colorist.

This is a very strong first issue and I really hope Netflix make this one into a television series because it is definitely the sort of thing that I’d watch.

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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:
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