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The author of the book: John Ney Rieber
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Edition: Titan Books Ltd
Date of issue: April 18th 1997
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“Reckonings” is book three in the BOOKS OF MAGIC series, but it really should have been called “Playgrounds”, because six of its seven-issue run is taken up by one story.
The first issue, “What Fire Leaves Us” picks up some time after the events of “Summonings”, with Tim Hunter writing in his diary, waiting for his father to come home from the hospital after being burned by Martyn in the previous book. Gwendolyn (who used to work for Reverend Slaggingham) is staying with Tim, taking care of him and the house. It’s a very short chapter in which small things happen that will come into play later. The important thing in Book Three is “Playgrounds”.
Spanning issues 15-20 of the original series, it tells the story of Tim taking his girlfriend Molly to the field where he used to play as a child and where all of his imaginary friends now live (introduced in the last volume’s short interlude story, “The Lot”). The tiny tree-beings Tanger and Crimple come out to play with Tim and Molly, but Molly eventually wonders what’s beyond this field?
Tanger and Crimple warn her not to stray too far. After all, this is TIM’S place, and she’s not Tim, so it’s hard telling what else is out there, but it’s best to not get its attention whatever it is, especially for someone who’s not Tim. But Molly goes anyway. Where she winds up is in Hell, captured and sent there by demons disguised as pink dinosaurs, taken to be the student of Miss Vuall, an evil headmistress who is going to teach Molly how to be a proper lady even if it kills Crimple, whom she prunes a little off of every time Molly disobeys.
Tim and Tanger head into Hell to get Molly back, but are separated and Tim goes on a bit of a journey of self-discovery as he learns to better control his magic--somewhat--as well as gaining some understanding of just how different his life is going to be from the people he loves.
Meanwhile, in 2013, adult Tim is under the influence of his demonic sidekick Barbatos, who keeps Tim lulled with trickery and brainwashing. Until one day when adult Tim finds a magic stone that breaks the spell and sends him on a quest of revenge against his former “master”, which leads him to a pawnshop where the owner is revealed to be a dragon--and the dragon invites adult Tim to join the brotherhood and become a dragon as well, an invitation which Tim accepts.
The “Reckonings” storyline goes a long way in resolving most of the plot threads Tim has been facing since the series began (not all, of course; we’ve still the issue of his true parentage to deal with, so there’s at least one still out there). Writer John Ney Rieber is definitely getting more into the fairy tale aspects of Tim’s world, but spinning it all so it is absolutely uniquely Tim Hunter’s world.
Tim has shown a lot of growth over these 20 issues, but still isn’t doing a ton of magic, nor does he seem the least bit interested in exploring and understanding his powers. I think this might be what put me off the first time I read the series; I was expecting with a title like THE BOOKS OF MAGIC, there’d be a lot of magic being used, but instead what I got was a lot of fairies and demons instead. I didn’t understand at the time that Rieber’s main goal was to show Tim as a real person with common adolescent problems--who just happens to also be a magician. Also, with stories as complex as these Rieber is telling, with the various plot threads and subplots and the vast array of characters, not to mention the immense stage on which this drama is set, reading it 24 pages a month (in addition to all the other monthly titles I was reading back then), it’s not always easy to keep track of what happened from issue to issue. Reading the series in its collected form is a great help in not only understanding the series, but enjoying it, which I’m very much doing.
The Peters, Gross and Snejbjerg, are splitting the art with three issues each, and series newcomer John Ridgeway tackling the epilogue. I think I’m beginning to favor Peter Gross, especially in the “Boys Will Be Boys” issue. His pencils are tight and clean, with a lot of detail, everything set off perfectly by Sherilyn van Valkenburgh’s colors.
I still have four more Books of Magic to go, and considering how much has gone down in these first 20 issues, I can only imagine how much more potential the last 30 issues hold. I know it’s going to be quite a ride, but I’m looking forward to it with great anticipation. I’ve never read a Harry Potter book, but I just can’t believe they are any more exciting or entertaining than Tim Hunter’s exploits.
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Read information about the authorJohn Ney Rieber is an American comic book writer. He has written for the comics The Books of Magic, Captain America, G.I. Joe and Tomb Raider.
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