Title: Magic 7, 1. Never Alone
Author: Kid Toussaint
Illustrator(s): Rosa La Barbera, Giuseppe Quattrocchi
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Teens & YA
Publisher(s): Europe Comics
Publish Date: January 15, 2020
– Summary –
Leo, a young boy who can talk to the spirits of the dead and famous, starts his first day at a new school. There, he meets Hamlin, who can communicate with animals through music, and Farah, a girl with fire abilities. Once the school’s prized trophy goes missing, along with student belongings, the three team up to find and stop the culprit. Standing in their way is an army of gigantic robots with lethal strength. However, this is only the beginning of a much larger conflict for Leo, Hamlin, and Farah.
– Pros –
At its core, Magic 7 is a fun, fast-paced story about three kids with special powers trying to go about their lives and help their friends. The whole super powers angle isn’t exactly new, but it’s executed very well here. These abilities aren’t just tacked onto the characters. They’re part of each character and make a regular appearance.
Leo, the protagonist, can speak with the dead, and he chooses to use this ability to talk with famous spirits from a variety of eras. Some of these ghosts include Nikola Tesla, Harry Houdini, and Sugar Ray Robinson. There are always spirits around Leo, chattering away and helping him. Moreover, the ghosts have distinct personalities, and they even make little references to their past lives. I thought this was a really neat detail.
Hamlin is able to communicate with animals through the music he creates. The type of animal he can speak with depends on the instrument used and the notes it can play. At the beginning of the story, it’s even mentioned that Hamlin played a harmonica to warn rats an exterminator was coming to the school. This was another clever use of an ability, and the author managed to put a unique spin on it.
Furthermore, I found the three main characters to be interesting and fun. They all have unique personalities and different issues they struggle with. Leo’s upset that his mom typically works late and misses out on time with him. Hamlin is often judged and humiliated by his peers for living in a trailer. Farah lives with very religious parents who seemingly restrict her. These mini conflicts easily make the three relatable, likeable characters.
My favorite part of this story was definitely the art style. It’s gorgeous, detailed, and has plenty of originality to it. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a style quite like this before, and I loved it. The vibrant colors popped out and were wonderful to look at. Additionally, the lines and lettering were crisp and neat, making for a clean, appealing layout. Overall, the art was beautiful, and it’s perfectly suited for a Young Adult story like this.
– Cons –
One of my only complaints with Magic 7 is that the pacing can be a bit odd at times. This volume is rather short, so it’s understandable the plot would move quickly. However, I felt it moved almost too fast. I would’ve liked to see more interaction between some of the characters, as well as more background for Hamlin and Farah. But, it’s possible that will happen later on, and honestly, it doesn’t detract much from the volume as a whole.
– Final Thoughts –
In conclusion, Magic 7 is an entertaining story perfect for readers of all ages. It features a cast of fun, colorful characters readers can easily root for, brought to life with detailed art. In addition, character abilities are executed well, putting a unique spin on powers commonly used in stories like this. These factors combine to create a story that’s well worth a read. I’d recommend it to readers, especially younger ones, who love stories about teens with special abilities.
– My Rating –
4 / 5 Stars
Thanks to NetGalley and Europe Comics for this book. I received a free copy from them, in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
Cross posted on Kobo and NetGalley