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The Next Generation of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians Makes Their First Appearance in a Brand New Series

BOOM! Studios has announced The Magicians, an all-new original five-issue series in which New York Times bestselling series creator Lev Grossman returns with an all-new story in the world of The Magicians with award-winning writer Lilah Sturges and rising star artist Pius Bak that features the first appearance of the next generation of heroes and villains, available in November 6, 2019.

Long after Quentin and his friends have graduated from Brakebills, Dean Fogg welcomes a historic new group of students to the school – the first ever class of hedge magicians, rogue practitioners of unsanctioned magic, invited to enroll at Brakebills. But the traditional magicians aren’t too thrilled to have the rule-breaking outcasts in their hallowed halls, and tempers flare as the student bodies clash to prove their superiority – not realizing a new danger has emerged to threaten them all. The malevolence behind the threat at Brakebills will rock everyone to their cores – and even shock longtime fans of The Magicians!

The Magicians #1 features a main cover by acclaimed artist and illustrator Qistina Khalidah, along with the first in a series of tarot card variant covers by artist Alexa Sharpe, featuring a brand new magician as the Hierophant.

The Magicians #1
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Preview: The Magicians: Alice’s Story OGN HC

The Magicians: Alice’s Story OGN HC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Lev Grossman, Lilah Sturges
Artist: Pius Bak
Colorist: Dan Jackson
Letterer: Pius Bak
Cover Artist: Steve Morris
Price: $26.99

Alice Quinn is manifestly brilliant, and she’s always known that magic is real. During her years at Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, she rises to the top of her class, falls in love with Quentin Coldwater, and witnesses a horrifically magical creature invade their dimension.

It’s not soon after graduation when Alice, Quentin, and their friends set their sights on the idyllic setting of Fillory: a place thought to only live in the pages of their favorite children’s books. A land where magic flows like rivers . . . But in this magical realm nothing is what it seems to be, and something darker lies behind the spellbinding facade. It is in the darkness where Alice will discover her true calling and her life, and those friends, forever changed.

Acclaimed novelist Lev Grossman teams with New York Times bestselling writer Lilah Sturges (Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass), and breakout artist Pius Bak for a new look at the smash hit trilogy The Magicians.

The Magicians: Alice's Story OGN HC

Your First Look at Lev Grossman’s The Magicians: Alice’s Story

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at The Magicians: Alice’s Story, an all-new original graphic novel hardcover set in the world of the acclaimed book trilogy by Lev Grossman, from writer Lilah Sturges(, rising star artist Pius Bak and featuring a cover by Steve Morris.

The Magicians is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling adult fantasy novel series created by Lev Grossman, which has become a worldwide pop culture phenomenon and inspired a hit television series on Syfy, whose fourth season will premiere later this year. Originally published in 2009, The Magicians introduced readers to Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, which boasts a prestigious and dangerously difficult curriculum, famous and infamous alumni, and a record of only… a few deaths per graduating class.

Debuting in July 10, 2019, The Magicians: Alice’s Story expands the mythology of The Magicians, the first novel in the series trilogy, through the perspective of the character Alice Quinn before she joins Brakebills and embarks on an epic journey into the magical land of Fillory.

Alice is a brilliant and naturally talented magician who grew up fully aware of the hidden world of magic but whose well-versed parents refused to teach her how to make use of it. So what is an insanely gifted young genius with no guidance or encouragement to do except teach herself? Which is how she winds up a top student at Brakebills College. Alice is at first meek and cripplingly shy until she breaks out of her shell to face deadly magical creatures, devastating heartbreak, and the hard lessons of a magical world where even well-intentioned actions can have brutal and deadly consequences.

Eisner Award-nominated writer Lilah Sturges will be in attendance as a guest of BOOM! Studios at ALA Midwinter 2019 in Seattle, Washington. She will be available for signings both Saturday and Sunday, 1/26-1/28, as well as a guest on the BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours panel on Monday, 1/28, where she will join some of the most acclaimed voices in graphic fiction today for a discussion on the diverse, award-winning imprints of BOOM! Studios, Archaia, BOOM! Box and KaBOOM!.

The Magicians: Alice's Story

Lev Grossman’s The Magicians Comes To BOOM!

BOOM! Studios has announced it has acquired the comic book and graphic novel publishing license to The Magicians, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling adult fantasy novel series created by Lev Grossman, which has become a worldwide pop culture phenomenon and inspired a hit television series on Syfy, whose fourth season will premiere in 2019.

Originally published in 2009, The Magicians introduces readers to Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, which boasts a prestigious and dangerously difficult curriculum, famous and infamous alumni, and a record of only…a few deaths per graduating class.

The first release in this partnership will be The Magicians: Alice’s Story, an all-new original graphic novel hardcover set in the world of the book trilogy by Grossman, from acclaimed writer Lilah Sturges, rising star artist Pius Bak and featuring a cover by Steve Morris.

Debuting in July 2019, The Magicians: Alice’s Story expands the mythology of The Magicians, the first novel in the series trilogy, through the perspective of lead character Alice Quinn before she joins Brakebills and embarks on an  epic journey in the magical land of Fillory.

Alice is manifestly brilliant, and she’s always known that magic is real. During her years at Brakebills Alice rises to the top of her class, falls in love with Quentin Coldwater, and witnesses a horrifically powerful magical creature called the Beast invade their dimension. Soon after graduation, Alice and Quentin set their sights on the idyllic setting from their favorite children’s books, Fillory. In Fillory, magic flows like a river but even with talking animals, enchanted items, and the chance to become king and queen of a magical land in the offing, nothing is what it seems and something far darker lies in wait behind the spellbinding facade. Now fans will learn untold secrets of Alice’s journey, the world of The Magicians, and will find answers to some of their biggest questions.

Preview: Adventure Time Comics #25

Adventure Time Comics #25

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Sonny Liew, Morgan Beem
Artists: Sonny Liew, Morgan Beem
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Liz Pulido
Subscription Cover: Pius Bak
Incentive Cover: Britney Liu
Price: $4.99

Finn and Jake are waiting at a bus stop, but they aren’t sure how they got there or who they are waiting for.

Preview: Adventure Time #75

Adventure Time #75

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Ryan North, Mariko Tamaki, Christopher Hastings
Artists: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb, Zachary Sterling, Ian McGinty
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb
Variant Cover: JJ Harrison
Subscription Cover: Pius Bak
Celebration Wraparound Incentive Cover: Designed by Grace Park
Unlocked Variant Cover: Jeffrey Brown
Colorist: Maarta Laiho
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Price: $4.99

Follow the story of Ooo from the past, present, and future in this oversized final issue! At the wedding of Jake’s granddaughter, Jake, Finn, and the residents of Ooo reminisce on the long path that took them here, remembering friends, enemies, and those who fall somewhere in between.

Preview: Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 2017 Special #1

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 2017 Special #1

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Adam Smith, Katie Cook, Alessandro Q. Ferrari, Jeff Stokely, Curry Ross, Delilah S. Dawson, Roger Langridge
Artists: Jared Cullum, Pius Bak, Sas Milledge, Katie Cook, Jeff Stokely, and Roger Langridge
Colorist: Dan Jackson, Heather Breckel
Letterer: Jim Campbell, Nathan Pride
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Derek Kirk Kim
Subscription Cover: Jeff Stokely
Variant Cover: Ryan Sook
Price: $7.99

Celebrate Jim Henson’s Labyrinth with an all-new collection of short stories celebrating the various characters and creatures from the world of Labyrinth.

Includes the never-before-told story of how Sir Didymus met his trusted steed Ambrosius.
Also includes the story of a goblin running late to the famous “Dance Magic Dance” sequence from the film.

Preview: Night Owl Society #3

Night Owl Society #3

James Venhaus (w) • Pius Bak (a & c)

“Revelation” The final chapter of The Night Owl Society comes to a dramatic finish. David has a confrontation with The Viceroy, and a tragic twist changes both of their lives forever.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Night Owl Society #2

Night Owl Society #2

James Venhaus (w) • Pius Bak (a & c)

The Night Owl Society, Chapter 2: An Owl Among the Ruins. Just as the team is hitting its stride, one member’s deadly secret threatens to tear the team apart.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review: Night Owl Society #1

We’ve all seen this story before and some of us have written it ourselves: teens see the ills of the world and want to do something about it. It’s been in Gotham Academy, Runaways, and Young Avengers. To a lesser extent, there’s also Suburban Glamour, the Wicked + the Divine, and Morning Glories. Beyond comics, the same story appears over and over again in media like Power Rangers. So what makes IDW Publishing‘s Night Owl Society different? So far, absolutely nothing. In fact, it doesn’t have the little twists and nuances those other titles offer.

So what does Night Owl Society offer? This is the story of a boy who saw a kingpin trying to take over the whole town. And he’s barely there in photographs but you’ll… probably not like him at all. There’s nothing intriguing about David that’s been shown so far. He’s such a blank slate and so unattached, ostensibly so the readers can step into his shoes, that he becomes like a Persona main character: a vessel with choices fed into them. But the reader doesn’t feed in the choices in a comic and we’re left with little to invest in. To be fair, things can improve and start looking up but this, for me, is an off-putting start.

More than that, the dialogue and writing of this ragtag group of teenagers is stilted and uncomfortable. Everyone speaks incredibly formally and with none of the colloquialisms or speech patterns one would expect from any group of people under 30 who are around each other at least five days a week. Writer James Venhaus could use a reminder of what it’s like being under 18. Pius Bak’s art and Marshall Dillon’s lettering work for the most part but aren’t memorable for me.

Story: James Venhaus Art: Pius Bak
Story: 5.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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