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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, Trade, 112 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Vertigo
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Brian Almquist The stories are structured differently. The first miniseries was a tour of magic and its users in the DC Universe. This one is the start of a…moreThe stories are structured differently. The first miniseries was a tour of magic and its users in the DC Universe. This one is the start of a long-term traditional story arc for the protaganist. If you liked the faerie stuff from Sandman, you might like this one more.(less)

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Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Spinning out of The Books of Magic miniseries by Neil Gaiman and John Bolton, Tim Hunter is destined to be the next great magician. Time will tell if that will be a good thing or not for the world. This takes a bit to get going but once Tim meets the Manticore I was hooked. I like how Tim doesn't really know what he's doing, acting on instinct. Death's guest appearance in issue 4 is fantastic. I like how these early Vertigo titles were all loosely tied together in the same universe.
Wing Kee
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
A solid start to an interesting series.

World: The art is solid, very much a product of its Vertigo time. The world building is solid also building upon the mini series and also tying it not only into the greater magical DCU but also the Vertigo Sandman universe. The setting is small and down to earth to begin with which allows for the difference when Tim goes to the magical realm to be more special. I like the use of my rival creatures and the imagery and history to build a larger world
Titas (I read in bed)
Dec 22, 2014 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
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 ...more
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 ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it

This is a good continuation of what Neil Gaiman started. The new author clearly has some background in mythology that he brings to bear on this story.

I only dock it points because, as a volume, its missing a piece.

A prominent character in this volume is already known to Timothy Hunter. I was trying to figure out why there was this assumed familiarity, and eventually had to google it. Apparently there was a special between the original miniseries and this volume that accounts for the
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it

An ongoing series based on the miniseries I read recently. It could have been a mistake to jump into the same character written and drawn by different people. To be fair it did not start well either. I thought it a poor decision to basically give a precis of the mini-series at the start own drawn by a different artist who was given less time. It opened the book up, right from the start to comparisons with the original and it did not fare well within those comparisons. The art was not as good
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Ron Turner
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I like the idea behind it but the story is very disjointed. Definitely helps if you're familiar with the Vertigo magical universe (Sandman, Constantine).
Kari Trenten
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
An engrossing sequel to the original Books of Magic, although more focused and less larger than multi-universe than Tims introductory story. There appears to be a tale in between of how Tim first met Tamlin which I would very much like to read. I hope I can still find The Childrens Crusade in print. This, however, contains enchantment, a threat to enchantment, engrossing characters, including one of the most frightening and fascination villains Ive ever encountered in fiction, a cameo appearance ...more
Jul 16, 2012 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 Tims exploits 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
Lisa Feld
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nyc
Rereading this for the first time in more than a decade, it's a gorgeous exploration of the magic of the faerie realms. There's other stuff that's closer to my heart now, but this still gets credit for being one of the early examples of urban fantasy, generating a wealth of ideas that other authors took and ran with.
Daniel Ashley Roberts
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the original Books of Magic, it was one of the first graphic novels i ever read, reading this series has been very enjoyable, the art beautiful and some excellent story telling, I was sorry when it ended.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
What a cumbersome read. Put it down for a few days, picked it back up, and it's like my mind didn't care enough to remember all the many threads this book introduced. The story needed to be much simpler to work, and a lot of the story threads end really weirdly.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was very unique.
Baasanjav Ganbaatar
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I was ready to dismiss the whole volume after finishing the first issue but then it got just so much better. A pleasant read, glad I discovered this series.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved everything about this. Death, Art style, Death. What can I say, I love The Sandman and Death is my favourite character so I'll read anything with her in it.
Lea Taranto
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although Tim is the only fully multifaceted character the plot was imaginative and engaging enough to keep me reading. Death was of course a delight but isnt she always? ...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
Feb 19, 2012 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 ...more
Aug 10, 2011 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
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I only recently found out about this graphic novel series, based on a concept by Neil Gaimen and featuring one of his most loved characters from his Sandman series: Death. As a big fan of the Sandman series I couldn't have been happier to find this and wasn't disappointed with it at all. One of my favourite storylines in Sandman featured Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and this first volume continues in that vein. At the core it's about a young boy trying to find his identity while being ...more
Jukka Kuva
Feb 12, 2013 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
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.
Feb 06, 2008 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.
Feb 28, 2012 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.
Sep 23, 2015 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 18, 2016 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.
Keri (JD)
Aug 20, 2009 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.
Nov 29, 2013 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.
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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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