Street Magik |
by Luke Lieberman, Kevin McCarthy, Rodney Buchemi (Dynamite, 2007)
Street Magik takes mysticism out of the realm of goblins and wizards and drops it directly in the heart of New York City. Jake Conner is a fairly ordinary young man -- although his father died under mysterious circumstances and his mother has turned to the bottle to cope -- until he finds a coin that has followed quite a trail from the hand of a druidic magi. The tarot reading in Washington Square seals his fate.
Soon, Jake is caught up in a supernatural war that leads him across the various paths of a priest, a demon, the police, a jester, a busker, a couple of street basketball toughs and a homeless man who is more than he seems.
Black-and-white illustrations by Rodney Buchemi are intricately detailed and drawn. And the story, co-scripted by Lieberman and Kevin McCarthy, shows a lot of promise for fans of urban fantasy. Sure, the story feels rushed in places and lacks some of the development it deserves, but it's a fine start to what could be an interesting new series ... or could just end right here. It's entirely up to them.
20 December 2008
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