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The Books of Magic, Volume 1: Bindings (The Books of Magic #1)

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Tim Hunter, destined to become Earth's greatest sorcerer, defends the realm of Faerie from the deadly manticore while trying to maintain a normal childhood life. Is his real father the one-armed drunk in the front room or is he the man who can turn into a hawk? Is his mother dead and buried or is she Titania, Queen of Faerie? Plus Death herself weighs in on the subject of ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by DC Comics Vertigo
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Titas (Emperor)
Dec 28, 2014 Titas (Emperor) rated it really liked it
Because you are not real either
Sometimes we read and gulp down books that we like. But there are few books that swallow us down and make us think, "Did I read the book or did it read me?"
Neil Gaiman had given us The Books of Magic and after a few years Vertigo decided to launch a series about it which gave us this epic and wonderful product of some great minds.

Volume 1: Bindings reintroduces us to the boy called Tim Hunter who is destined to become the greatest sorcerer of all time. But he is to
Fascinating. Tim the main magical character is similar to the famous Harry Potter which is interesting (something about that archetype yields scrawny boys with troubled pasts dark messy hair and glasses). My favorite character was death. She was stunning and cute, easy to relate to yet shes death so has some depth there. She had a simple apartment that reminds me of some of my apartment homes (comforting), teddy bears, and offers tea to ease the transition. I'm looking forward to reading the ori ...more
It was OK but still not super intriguing at all, it didn't leave me very curious about what Tim was going to do next by any means. Death was kind of cool, but pretty preachy too. The fae were stereotypical. And it was really annoying that Gaiman's The Books of Magic was numbered 0 and this is book 1, but somehow there was clearly a big chunk of story missing between the two, since Tim had already met the Falconer and had a terrible experience with him by the beginning of this book. It left me fe ...more
it's odd, but I haven't read the original Tim Hunter series by Neil Gaiman (Note to Self: Read the Tim Hunter series), as I was reading this 'revival' of Tim Hunter, by John Ney Rieber, all I kept asking myself was what the hell happened for their character to ever needed 'reviving'? I mean, Neil is a genius, Rieber does a remarkable job also, I can't fathom a possibility in which Tim Hunter wasn't done justice to warrant this 'revival'. I'm not complaining, let me get to the point -- this is a ...more
Jul 10, 2013 The_Mad_Swede rated it really liked it
This volume collects the first four issues of John Ney Rieber's run on the ongoing Books of Magic title that followed Neil Gaiman's successful miniseries. With beautiful art and visual narration by Gary Amaro and Peter Gross, and creative consultation from Gaiman, Rieber manages (via a transition in the Vertigo event, the Children's Crusade, which as of yet remains uncollected, although a collection appears to be in the works for next year) to pick up where Gaiman left off, and also pulls off th ...more
Jul 16, 2012 C. rated it really liked it
Poor Timothy Hunter. His life story is an exercise in wrong place, wrong time. A full 7 years before the introduction of Harry Potter to the masses, 12-year-old magician in training Timothy Hunter debuted in a 4-issue limited series from DC Comics and writer Neil Gaiman. Based on the success of that series, DC later made Tim’s exploit’s a regular monthly occurrence as part of their Vertigo imprint. “Bindings,” the first story arc in the ongoing series collects the first 4 issues, and is detailed ...more
The original "The Books of Magic"as written by Gaiman was great reading. Rieber takes over writing chores for the regular series and manages to put together a decent arc in "Bindings".

There are a few subplots in the story, but the main driving force is Tim Hunter's battle with the Manticore. The Manticore is a changeling beast that captures children, "educates" them and eventually eats them. This is vintage Vertigo horror stuff, and is creepy enough to make you think that Gaiman might have ghost
Sep 06, 2011 Mathieu rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Although it's quite disturbing (and really irritating) that the volume 1 of the Books of Magic is not really the follow-up of the previous installment (there was a separate story for another mini-serie in which the character of Tim showed up and which took place between the Books of Magic volume 0 and this one... fortunately, this story has been reprinted in Books of Faerie volume 1... unfortunately, the story reprinted is only one episode-long and so is incomplete... damn! I hate how in comics ...more
Apr 18, 2016 GC rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories, poetry
The story of Faiere and the Manticore. Reminded me of love and hate and fear, and what's supposed to be holding the world together. Say what you will about IGN's top 100 villains. The Manticore gets little panel-time, but he is beyond belief. Worthy for those seeking some way out of despair.
Jukka Kuva
Feb 12, 2013 Jukka Kuva rated it it was ok
This review is for the ongoing series that followed Neil Gaiman's great introduction, which is listed as volume 0. After the introduction, everything that I liked in Gaiman's issues sort of faded away. The artwork is ugly without the beautiful parts in between. The plot itself is ok, but the way it's narrated makes it fall somewhere below mediocrity. The dialogue is a pain to read and if a comic is a pain to look at as well, like for example this one, it doesn't add up to a good comic. Bindings ...more
May 18, 2016 M.i. rated it really liked it
I like the pacing of this story. It builds upon the earlier version and shows how confused Tim is still about his place in the world.
Oct 09, 2015 Patrick rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Nowhere near as interesting as the first. And the first wasn't actually all that interesting, when you get right down to it. Death gets her cameo, but other than that I could really take it or leave it.
Apr 19, 2016 Angela rated it did not like it
Derivative and awful.
Feb 06, 2008 Kirsten rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kirsten by: Dave
GoodReads lists Jane Yolen as the author, but actually she just wrote the introduction.

John Ney Rieber takes over the reigns and continues Neil Gaiman's miniseries. Rieber is not Neil Gaiman, but for the most part he doesn't try to be, which is good. The story is fascinating and magical and even a little bit touching, and I very much enjoyed it.
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
Nowhere near as good as "The Books of Magic" by Neil Gaiman, however this volume was interesting in itself. Dealing a lot with Faerie, and with a guest visit by Death, we see more of the world Tim has inherited as a Magician.

3 stars because it was good, but not great. It's fairly short, so it's an enjoyable enough read for its size.
Feather Mista
Nov 13, 2010 Feather Mista marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Veremos...
Recommended to Feather by: Precio y serie
Lo tengo en la edición de dos tomos de Norma: Los Libros de la Magia: Vínculos 1 y 2 (Colección Vertigo #13 y 17). Por ahora no creo que la suba para no partir el libro en dos, pero marco la edición española posterior que contiene la saga entera. Seguro me los lea de uno después de releer el tomo de Gaiman.
Jul 02, 2013 Evie rated it really liked it
I like the story, however I feel as if there is a part missing since Tim is already aware that he isn't "normal" and he talks about having a previous teacher.

Note 7/2/13: Now that I've read the comics that came before this I am able to fully appreciate this book. Enjoyed it much more this time reading it.
AK Anderson
Aug 25, 2013 AK Anderson rated it liked it
I love this little spin-off of Death and Tamlin and Titania. If you read Sandman, you'll recognize Death and her apartment. She's one of my favorite Endless. I felt like it could have gone deeper, could have used a few more pages, but I enjoyed the heck out of what was in my hands.
Nov 29, 2013 Simon rated it it was ok
This was slightly baffling, been meaning to read it for years and got volume 1, but very little of it made any sense.

So I turned to google and found out this isn't actually the first volume, it continues the story and characters from a previous volume.

All very confusing.
Keri (JD)
Sep 09, 2009 Keri (JD) rated it did not like it
I felt like the transitions between scenes were really hard to understand. The harry potter character was not loveable, I liked the Manticore better.

I did not know this was a graphic novel when I ordered it from the library.
William Murakami-brundage
Nov 20, 2012 William Murakami-brundage rated it it was amazing
This is the type of comic book narrative that really swept me away when I was in high school. The Books of Magic moves far beyond heroics and into machinations and illusions, where magic becomes tragedy and freedom is a fantasy.
Jun 06, 2012 sixthreezy rated it it was ok
Not nearly as engrossing as Gaiman's introduction graphic novel... Kind of boring in all honesty. Not sure if I will continue to read through the Books of Magic.
Aug 22, 2009 Alex rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Not nearly as good as the original by Gaiman -- it was reasonably enjoyable, but lacked a certain, I don't know exactly, coherence or elegance or grandness.
Enrique Cisneros
Mar 07, 2014 Enrique Cisneros rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Harry potter es un mala y vil copia de esta serie de historias de Neil Gaiman. Saludos a los fans de Harry potter!
Jan 03, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
Aside from giving me a view of Zatarra, Zatanna's father, this book gave us the charge of the trenchcoat brigade.
Sep 18, 2010 Anthony rated it it was amazing

What a great story. It's not about Tim's power over magic. It's about Tim's power of his past and his identity.
Dave Peticolas
Oct 08, 2014 Dave Peticolas rated it liked it

More stories set in the Books of Magic milieu created by Gaiman.

Jul 08, 2010 Ken-ichi rated it liked it
Shelves: escape, comics, fantasy
This was a pretty fun repetition of the nerd gets powers kind of story.
Jul 20, 2007 Cinco rated it it was amazing
Not actually written by Jane Yolen; I think she contributed a forward.
Sep 04, 2012 Kara rated it really liked it
Excellent. I love Death's closet.
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John 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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