[PDF / Epub] ★ Mystic Arcana (Marvel Comics) By Louise Simonson – Agedanna.info
I m not sure what the purpose of this book was It s a series of mediocre one shots held together loosely by a solid connecting story, but the whole thing just doesn t seem very significant I suspect this was mostly a chance to pump some fresh blood into a bunch of underused Marvel properties, but it doesn t really do much to make me interested in the characters There is some good art in a few of the parts, but the writing and plotting is all so so. Each Of The Primary Stories In This Volume Revolves Around The Introduction Of One Of A Select Group Of Mystical Implements, Quite Literally The Four Pillars Of The Universe, And The Involvement Of A Character From Marvel S Rich, Magical Past Including Magik, The Black Knight, Sister Grimm And The Scarlet Witch I have to say this was somewhat disappointing You can divide it in two parts, the first one about Ian Mcnee s quest and the second part consisting in Ian s notes while investigating the first tarot.The story was too straightforward, each task quickly done and over The end, though not predictable, wasn t well written enough to be exciting.The second part is the book s salvation The notes are very well written, funny and intriguing, and anyone who knows a bit about the marvel universe and recognizes the characters will feel like investigating it or looking for hints elsewhere themselves If this is the beginning of something, it might be good.The best thing here are the illustrations Both the drawings and the colouring are very well done, sometimes quite different from usual marvel stuff, but always adequate to the story.If you aren t already a marvel comics fan, don t start here If you are and you have been wishing for marvel to get in touch with its mystic side again, give it a try, but without high expectations. It was okay It follows Ian McNee a minor sorcerer in the Marvel U looking for some magic objects The back half of the volume has tons of reference material about Marvels Magic Characters and is therefore very useful as a reference book Beautiful Art. A very nice set up to a storyline Marvel never followed through on It is too bad that instead of reinvigorating their magicverse Marvel instead chose to depower Doctor Strange and pass the Sorcerer Supreme title on to the decidedly C List Doctor Voodoo who couldn t sustain a series longer than 5 issues. I surely don t understand this book The connective tissue was very really uninteresting Who cares about that main character And actually most of the sub issues I only really remember the Magik one where once again everyone is related to Storm. Magic has been a part of superhero comic books as long as aliens and orphans have been Of course, the magic in comic books, with people flying and shooting fire from their hands, bears little resemblance to the Craft practiced by real world magicians This sort of magic owes a lotto fairy tales and the need to give characters super powers without treading the tricky world of believable pseudo science The medium of comic books, however, is often faraware of the world around it than people realize While so many people in the world are trying to ignore the ever growing voices of modern day Pagans, comic books have been listening and taking notes.Mystic Arcana is a great example of comic book writers incorporating real magic practices into a comic book adventure The flying and fireballs and whatnot haven t been entirely thrown out But, here they are dressed up with adherence to elemental rules and archetypes of deity Each chapter elementally corresponds with a Tarot suit, and digs deep into Marvel s magical history My favorite story here was definitely the Black Knight s tale Roy Thomas writing a character from any comic book company s Golden Age is bound to thrill me Add some Pagan lore into the mix, and I m really sold.The Marvel Tarot section is a terrific eye opener David Sexton gives us a mixed media piece that weaves real world history and folklore into Marvel s continuity The Tarot card designs are so amazing that I am still holding out hope for the deck to actually be produced The only slight complaint is that the Book of Marvel Magic at the end that catalogs Marvel s magical characters is a little incomplete If features mainly less than prominent characters, and can easily be supplemented with The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Horror and Thor and Hercules Encyclopedia Mythologica Plus, I supposed I didn t really need an entry on Doctor Strange, a prominent Marvel magical character that I am all too familiar with.