What They Say:
Our heroes face internal peril as one of their magical members struggles to learn a necessary spell from the grimoire, and unknowing police attempt to stop them from saving the world.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Evil is on the horizon and one of our heroes is on a rooftop drinking a margarita. Such a great way to spend the final days before an apocalypse. A volcano looms on the outskirts of town ready to blow civilization to kingdom come. Thankfully the others are doing their best to learn how to stop the upcoming apocalypse. The fate of the world rests on a young boy, Jadoo, as he must master an ancient spell to stop a magical volcano from erupting.
Road trips are always a fun experience. Especially the ones where you are hunting down evil wizards and just happen to create chaos for everyone in your path. The road trip provides for a chance to see wonderful visuals from Rafael Alburquerque and Marcelo Costa. Rafael’s art combined with Marcelo’s coloring is a match made in heaven. The young misfits steal a car from a business, they run over the police and shoot at them. It’s a shame that for a magical comic book, there isn’t much magic being done. The most magical aspect of this is that Jadoo does a couple of common magic tricks to hide playing cards in people’s hats.
I want a reason to care about the fight between good and evil but I haven’t been giving one. These characters feel so stale. There isn’t anything about them that makes me engrossed in the world. When Jadoo is reading his book to learn the spell to stop the Siblings of Nihil, it is just a bit too bland. This book is dealing with the magical world and there could be some excitement shown as he attempts to learn and master the spell.
The misfits are finally getting into gear as they skip through all the adventuring and go near the finish line. A flaw of this series is that it is paced too fast and this doesn’t allow for the world to sink in. I know that a bunch of misfits are gathered together to put an end to an ancient group of evil wizards. But there is hardly anything known about these misfits. They don’t have any defining aspects to them that make them stand out. They just conveniently reunite at the end to face their foes. There hasn’t been anything in this series that makes me wonder why should I care about them? This issue is racing at full speed to get to the end and there are various signs that it’s impacting the story.
Age Rating: 15+
Released By: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: September 23, 2020