Category Archives: Books of Magic

The Books of Faerie: Auberon’s Tale

The Books of Faerie: Auberon’s Tale
By Bronwyn Carlton with John Ney Rieber (writers), Peter Gross and Vince Locke with Mark Buckingham, Ryan Kelly, Hermann Mejia and Dick Giordano (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 1999

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Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563895021

Synopsis from publisher:

Discover how a young boy became the haughty King Auberon of Faerie in THE BOOKS OF FAERIE: AUBERON’S TALE, a VERTIGO trade paperback (suggested for mature readers) collecting the 3-issue miniseries of the same name and other tales of Auberon and his realm.

In the AUBERON’S TALE miniseries — written by Bronwyn Carlton (THE BOOKS OF FAERIE), with art by Peter Gross (THE BOOKS OF MAGIC, THE BOOKS OF FAERIE) and Vince Locke (WITCHCRAFT: LA TERREUR) — a group of nobles’ bold plan to overthrow a mad King is undermined when an odd twist of succession places the realm’s future in the hands of a small boy who has suddenly been proclaimed monarch. Also reprinted in this handsome collection are backup features from THE BOOKS OF MAGIC #57 and #58 (written by Carlton, with art by Ryan Kelly and Hermann Mejia) which detail stories of young King Auberon. Completing the volume is 1997’s THE BOOKS OF MAGIC ANNUAL #1 (written by John Ney Rieber with art by Mark Buckingham and Dick Giordano), which tells the story of Tim Hunter’s encounter with a lonely girl on a deserted island in the Realm of Faerie, a girl who helped secure Tim’s future as the greatest magician in the world.

Notes:

This publication reprints the comic book mini-series The Books of Faerie: Auberon’s Tale, as well as two back-up stories from The Books of Magic comic book series and The Books of Magic Annual #1. All material in this publication was written by Bronwyn Carlton and illustrated by Peter Gross and Vince Locke. The Books of Magic #57 was illustrated by Ryan Kelly. The Books of Magic #58 was illustrated by Hermann Mejia. The Books of Magic Annual #1, which was written by John Ney Rieber and illustrated by Mark Buckingham and Dick Giordano. The cover was illustrated by Peter Gross.

This is the second Books of Faerie mini-series. The third mini-series, The Books of Faerie: Molly’s Story, has yet to be collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. The Books of Faerie: Auberon’s Tale #1 (1998)
  2. The Books of Faerie: Auberon’s Tale #2 (1998)
  3. The Books of Faerie: Auberon’s Tale #3 (1998)
  4. The Books of Magic #57 (1999) [The Books of Faerie story only]
  5. The Books of Magic #58 (1999) [The Books of Faerie story only]
  6. The Books of Magic Annual #1 (1997)
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The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime – Book 1

The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime – Book 1
By Si Spencer (writer), Neil Gaiman (co-plotter) and Dean Ormston with Frank Quitely (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released March 2005

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Cover price: $9.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401204880

Synopsis from publisher:
Tim Hunter returns in this first collection of his new title, collecting the initial story arc from issues #1-5 as co-plotted by Neil Gaiman. This new take on the Hunter is loaded with dystopian undercurrents and psychological horror.

Notes:

This is the ninth publication collecting The Books of Magic series of comic books, specifically collecting the first issues of The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime comic book series. All material in this publication was written by Si Spencer, with additional plotting by Neil Gaiman, and illustrated by Dean Ormston. The cover was painted by Frank Quitely.

The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime continued until issue #15. Spencer, Gaiman and Ormston remained on as the creative team. Duncan Fegredo illustrated issues #6 and #10. Steve Yeowell provided additional artwork for issues #11 and #12. These issues have yet to be collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #1 (2004)
  2. The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #2 (2004)
  3. The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #3 (2004)
  4. The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #4 (2004)
  5. The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #5 (2005)

The Books of Magic Vol. 7: Death After Death

The Books of Magic Vol. 7: Death After Death
By John Ney Rieber (writer), Peter Gross and Jill Thompson with Temujin, Richard Case and Michael Wm. Kaluta (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 2001

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Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563897407

Synopsis from publisher:
Since learning that he would become a wizard of infinite power, young Tim Hunter has been cursed with a life of loss and death. Tired of the misery that has become his adolescence, the fourteen year-old mage releases all of his magic unto the universe. But as a war between Heaven and Hell erupts over the newly released power, Tim learns that his impulsive action may lead to the end of all Creation. Now the completely powerless sorcerer must find a way to outmaneuver and manipulate an assortment of angels, demons, and deities in order to regain his magic or watch as all of existence ceases to be.

Notes:

This is the eighth publication collecting The Books of Magic series of comic books. All material in this publication was written by John Ney Rieber and illustrated by Peter Gross. Jill Thompson illustrated issue #42. Temujin provided inks for issues #46 to #49. Richard Case provided additional inks for issue #48. The cover was painted by Michael Wm. Kaluta.

The Books of Magic comic book series continued on until issue #75 in 2000. With issue #51, Peter Gross took over the series as writer and artist, with Temujin frequently providing inks. Additional art was provided by Linda Medley for issue #55, Ryan Kelly for issue #62 and #68, Michael Lark also for issue #68. Issue #63 had a temporary team of writer Peter Hogan and artist Gary Amaro. Vince Locke inked issue #69. Ryan Kelly inked issue #70. Jon Ridgway illustrated issue #72. These issues have yet to be reprinted or collected.

In late 1997, while The Books of Magic comic book series was still running, a 2-issue cross-over mini-series titled Hellblazer / The Books of Magic was released. These issues have yet to be reprinted or collected.

In 2004, a new series was released called The Books of Magic: Life During Wartime, which has been partially reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. The Books of Magic #42 (1997)
  2. The Books of Magic #43 (1997)
  3. The Books of Magic #44 (1998)
  4. The Books of Magic #45 (1998)
  5. The Books of Magic #46 (1998)
  6. The Books of Magic #47 (1998)
  7. The Books of Magic #48 (1998)
  8. The Books of Magic #49 (1998)
  9. The Books of Magic #50 (1998)

The Books of Magic Vol. 6: The Burning Girl

The Books of Magic Vol. 6: The Burning Girl
By John Ney Rieber (writer), Peter Snejbjerg and Peter Gross with Michael Wm. Kaluta (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released July 2000

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Cover price: $17.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563896192

Synopsis from publisher:
An adolescent boy with unimaginable power, Tim Hunter is destined to become the greatest magic wielder of all time. But after a mystical adventure traps the young wizard in the mythical land of Faerie, he finds himself caught up in the alternate realm’s war with Hell. Now in order to save himself and the inhabitants of Faerie from an impending holocaust, the reactionary sorcerer must free his girlfriend from his jealous mother’s curse while simultaneously warding off the legions of the underworld.

Notes:

This is the seventh publication collecting The Books of Magic series of comic books. All material in this publication was written by John Ney Rieber and illustrated by Peter Snejbjerg. Peter Gross illustrated issues #39, #40 and #41. The cover was painted by Michael Wm. Kaluta.

Reprints:

  1. The Books of Magic #33 (1997)
  2. The Books of Magic #34 (1997)
  3. The Books of Magic #35 (1997)
  4. The Books of Magic #36 (1997)
  5. The Books of Magic #37 (1997)
  6. The Books of Magic #38 (1997)
  7. The Books of Magic #39 (1997)
  8. The Books of Magic #40 (1997)
  9. The Books of Magic #41 (1997)

The Books of Magic Vol. 5: Girl in the Box

The Books of Magic Vol. 5: Girl In The Box
By John Ney Rieber (writer), Peter Gross and Peter Snejbjerg with Michael Wm. Kaluta (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released August 1999

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Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563895390

Synopsis from publisher:
Possessing infinite magical powers, Tim Hunter will become the Earth’s greatest sorcerer. But as the fourteen-year-old boy begins his ascension to powerful mage, he must navigate the everyday travails of adolescence. Looking to escape his personal troubles, Tim runs away to America only to find his problems multiplying. Allying himself with a shape-shifting succubus in the form of a female model, the young wizard learns lessons of treachery and friendship as he contends with a seductive mermaid who is lost in the desert and Cupid and Psyche, two disillusioned gods.

Notes:

This is the sixth publication collecting The Books of Magic series of comic books. All material in this publication was written by John Ney Rieber and illustrated by Peter Gross. Peter Snejbjerg provided additional inks on issues #29 and #30, and illustrated issue #31 and #32. The cover was painted by Michael Wm. Kaluta.

Reprints:

  1. The Books of Magic #26 (1996)
  2. The Books of Magic #27 (1996)
  3. The Books of Magic #28 (1996)
  4. The Books of Magic #29 (1996)
  5. The Books of Magic #30 (1996)
  6. The Books of Magic #31 (1996)
  7. The Books of Magic #32 (1997)

The Books of Magic Vol. 4: Transformations

The Books of Magic Vol. 4: Transformations
By John Ney Rieber (writer), Peter Gross with Michael Wm. Kaluta (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released September 1998

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Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563894173

Synopsis from publisher:
The son of a manipulative sorceress and a mystical falconer, Tim Hunter is destined to become the most powerful mage in the world. But as the young Londoner comes to terms with his abilities and future, he must deal with demons and wizards looking to claim his power. In the fourth volume of this enrapturing series, Tim’s magical adventures continue as he has a remarkable encounter with Death, transforms himself into a cat, faces off against an ancient enchantress and celebrates his fourteenth birthday.

Notes:

This is the fifth publication collecting The Books of Magic series of comic books. All material in this publication was written by John Ney Rieber and illustrated by Peter Gross. The cover was painted by Michael Wm. Kaluta.

Reprints:

  1. The Books of Magic #21 (1996)
  2. The Books of Magic #22 (1996)
  3. The Books of Magic #23 (1996)
  4. The Books of Magic #24 (1996)
  5. The Books of Magic #25 (1996)

The Books of Magic Vol. 3: Reckonings

The Books of Magic Vol. 3: Reckonings
By John Ney Rieber (writer), Peter Snejbjerg, Peter Gross and John Ridgway with Michael Wm. Kaluta (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released March 1997

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Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563893215

Synopsis from publisher:
Remember when you were a young teenager and you had a big mouth that would get you into constant trouble? Just be glad you weren’t acquainted with the same people and beings as Timothy Hunter — demons, angels, and dragons, not to mention his girlfriend.

Notes:

This is the fourth publication collecting The Books of Magic series of comic books. All material in this publication was written by John Ney Rieber and illustrated by Peter Snejbjerg, except for issues #14, #18 and #19, which were illustrated by Peter Gross, and issue #20, illustrated by John Ridgway. The cover was painted by Michael Wm. Kaluta.

Reprints:

  1. The Books of Magic #14 (1995)
  2. The Books of Magic #15 (1995)
  3. The Books of Magic #16 (1995)
  4. The Books of Magic #17 (1995)
  5. The Books of Magic #18 (1995)
  6. The Books of Magic #19 (1995)
  7. The Books of Magic #20 (1996)

The Books of Magic Vol. 2: Summonings

The Books of Magic Vol. 2: Summonings
By John Ney Rieber (writer), Peter Gross, Gary Amaro, Peter Snejbjerg and Dick Giordano with Michael Wm. Kaluta (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released May 1996

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563892650

Synopsis from publisher:
Timothy Hunter, age 13, may become one of the most powerful magicians of all time. But that’s only one of his problems. In the five tales collected here, Tim contends with a heartless sorcerer and a teenage succubus, tea in Hell with a rogue angel and his junkfood-demon nemesis, a murderous Victorian cyborg, a family reunion with an insanely jealous Faerie Queen, and, perhaps worst of all, a first date.

Notes:

This is the third publication collecting The Books of Magic series of comic books. It also reprints a portion of the Vertigo Rave anthology comic book. All material in this publication was written by John Ney Rieber and illustrated by Gary Amaro and Peter Gross, except for issues #5, #12 and #13, which were illustrated by Peter Snejbjerg and issues #6, #7 and #8, which were illustrated by Peter Gross. Vertigo Rave #1 was illustrated by Gary Amaro and Dick Giordano. The cover was painted by Michael Wm. Kaluta.

Reprints:

  1. The Books of Magic #5 (1994)
  2. The Books of Magic #6 (1994)
  3. The Books of Magic #7 (1994)
  4. The Books of Magic #8 (1994)
  5. Vertigo Rave #1 (1994) [Books of Magic story only]
  6. The Books of Magic #9 (1995)
  7. The Books of Magic #10 (1995)
  8. The Books of Magic #11 (1995)
  9. The Books of Magic #12 (1995)
  10. The Books of Magic #13 (1995)

The Books of Magic Vol. 1: Bindings

The Books of Magic Vol. 1: Bindings
By John Ney Rieber (writer), Gary Amaro and Peter Gross with Charles Vess (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released March 1995

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Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563891875

Synopsis from publisher:
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 identity.

Notes:

This is the second publication reprinting The Books of Magic series of comic books. This publication reprints the first four issues of the ongoing series. All material in this publication was written by John Ney Rieber and illustrated by Gary Amaro and Peter Gross. The cover was painted by Charles Vess. The publication includes an introduction by Jane Yolen.

Reprints:

  1. The Books of Magic #1 (1994)
  2. The Books of Magic #2 (1994)
  3. The Books of Magic #3 (1994)
  4. The Books of Magic #4 (1994)

Bonus Material:

  1. Introduction by Jane Yolen

The Books of Magic

The Books of Magic
By Neil Gaiman (writer) and John Bolton, Scott Hampton, Charles Vess and Paul Johnson (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released April 1993

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Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563890828

Synopsis from publisher:
A quartet of fallen mystics dubbed the “Trenchcoat Brigade” is introduced in this first collection of the adventures of Timothy Hunter. John Constanine, the Phantom Stranger, Dr. Occult and Mister E take Hunter on a tour of the magical realms. Along the way he’s introduced to Vertigo’s greatest practitioners of magic and must choose whether or not to join their ranks.

Notes:

This is the first publication reprinting The Books of Magic series of comic books. This publication reprints the original mini-series. All material in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. Each of the four chapters (issues) is illustrated by a different artist: John Bolton, who also provided the cover for this publication, Scott Hampton, Charles Vess and Paul Johnson. There is also an introduction by Roger Zelazny.

Reprints:

  1. The Books of Magic #1 (1990)
  2. The Books of Magic #2 (1990)
  3. The Books of Magic #3 (1991)
  4. The Books of Magic #4 (1991)

Bonus Material:

  1. Introduction by Roger Zelazny