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2.81  ·  Rating details ·  62 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Foreward by Alan Ball Lucid is an action-packed, pop-fantasy series that draws inspiration from the spy genre, Arthurian legend, and 21st-century folklore! Dark forces are conspiring to prevent humankind from reaching its true potential. Thankfully, as newly appointed "Protector of the Realm," Agent Matthew Dee uses his skills as a covert spy and Combat Mage to ensure Amer ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Archaia (first published May 10th 2011)
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The volume possesses a really intriguing premise - magic is real and techno-occultism is on the rise and being utilized by major governments - with well-done and interesting artwork but the storyline itself feels weak. Despite the cool and well-fashioned premise and mechanics of this world's magic, the book's action is not very interesting or enticing. This blandness holds true for the protagonists and the stock situations they find themselves in. There are a lot of neat elements floating around ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: The "tenements" of your faith
1.5 stars—D+ for effort

Ironically named, apparently. Clunky would be more apt. One of the reviews on the dust jacket says that the story doesn't get "too bogged down by the technicalities of spell-casting and heady mysticism." I'll say. It gets bogged down by other things, and it throws any and all technicalities into the shredder. Instead of wands the mages use magic gloves, like some weird Michael Jackson homage. Sigils used throughout in lieu of dialogue are not explained until the end of the
Jul 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned-comics
The main character's introduction into this realistically magical world hit the right note, with it’s action heavy panels and witty dialogue. Suddenly it started to decline, somewhere. The rest of the story does not hold up to the interesting premise and even the art makes the entirety of it feel amateurish. Characters look good with front-facing portraits but side-views and movement look odd and helps stifle the already stiff story.

The dust jacket features a review that I have to disagree with.
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
So okay, full disclosure alert here, and a lot of people already know this. The author of this comic, Michael McMillian? He kind of makes me go

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I would look for his tweets even though I didn't have a twitter account and always found them incredibly funny. I knew that he wrote some of the TRUE BLOOD comics, so it really shouldn't have surprised me when I found out he'd written his own series. I had toyed with getting it, since I do love me some comic books, and when sent me an email a
Interesting premise: an uber-secret organization within the government that utilizes mages to protect the citizenry. A rogue entity known as the "Pendragon" evidently has the power to grant magic to the general population, presumably for nefarious purposes.
The premise mostly works, but there's not enough development to keep it rounded out. I don't ultimately feel like I connected with any of the characters and am not certain I will continue to follow the series. The liberal use of spells is int
It's a bit of a kitchen sink story, involving the death of John Kennedy, the return of Camelot, the return of the Illuminati, and several other conflicting agendas. I frequently found myself engrossed in the story, but then put off a bit by some of the artwork. The writing was a 3 1/2 star effort, but the art only 2 1/2 stars. In a graphic novel, that is not a huge problem.

While it would be readable by teens, I think the main audience for this book would be adults, just because of the subject ma
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Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Graphic Novel. Matthew Dee is a combat mage in the British “Majestic Intelligence” division. Although the artwork is very good, the story is underwhelming- there is not enough back-story for Dee (a two page panel showing Dee not succeeding well at school, then a jump of 15 years to his new life as a mage) and none of the villains seemed to have reasons for being there; each chapter has a new conspiracy by some group that sounds vaguely folkloric (The Pendragon, the Daoine Sidhe) but there is ver ...more
Nov 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Michael McMillian steps away from True Blood and sets his sights on the comics world with Lucid. Attempting to tell the story of Matthew Dee, magic-wielder and protector to the President, McMillian finds himself jumping over necessary exposition into a topsy-turvy world of governmental black magic. In-between jabs at the Kennedy assassination, the Illuminati, alien-worshipping cults, magic bullets, and a subtle dig at Apple, this in most decidely not a reader-friendly volume. The abundance of fl ...more
Jeffrey Pfaller
May 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
This story felt extremely disjointed to me, nothing more than a series of wise-cracking characters with shallow motivations and dark sides. When I flipped through the book at Achaia’s booth, the art and concept seemed interesting, but this is just one of those books that falls apart upon closer inspection. I don’t know if they’re planning on serializing this with more stories, but I probably won’t be back to check it out.
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love everything that they TRIED to do here.
And that is why this gets 4 stars.

The art looked like good anime art, and was gorgeous, and it was actually done by a british chick. :)

It got kinda confusing at the climax,
though I was not sure if that was my fault or not,
for having such cool intentions this book gets 4 stars.
Brendan Creecy
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I really enjoyed the book and the concepts it presents. I hope McMillian does more of these!
Jul 05, 2011 rated it liked it
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A decent intro to a series. Matthew Dee is a fun, take-charge character and I like all the secret agent/magic mix that makes up this story. Given some time this could go someplace really special.
Ted Brockwood
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Good story, but the artwork has moments of "Art school portfolio project by someone who can't decide whether to go 'standard comics' and 'super mega crazy anime style'
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