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Mystic Arcana

3.19  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A magic event that spans across the ages, featuring the craftiest characters and most spellbinding stories in the Marvel Universe In the vein of the wild and woolly genre revitalization Annihilation, Marvel's looking into its crystal ball to bring you mystical mages, scandalous sorcerers, and fantastic flights of high-flying fantasy in Mystic Arcana. Each of the primary st ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published June 18th 2008 by Marvel Comics Group (first published January 9th 2007)
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Lady Entropy
I wish I could have loved this book. I really do.

Instead I just got a ... "meh". Marvel's achilles heel has always been the mystical and the supernatural, the urban fantasy mythos. Unlike DC who pulls it off perfectly (well, I mean, VERTIGO pulled it off perfectly. DC doesn't. CoughJusticeLeageDarkcough) Marvel just tries and fails short.

It had some good ideas, a mildly interesting narrator, but they tried so hard to cram Marvel main universe there that things wound up not making sense or being
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
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 lot more to 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 far more aware of the world around it tha ...more
Mar 31, 2009 André rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: marvel fans that are crazy about magic stuff
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 recog
Jun 24, 2014 J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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.
Brandon Hughes
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).

Clayton Surratt
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.
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