Recently, we here at Wampaslayer received a message from a local comic book author asking if we could review his book. Upon seeing that message, it kind of felt like we had “made it” in some sort of little way. That local author was David Brown, co-founder of Fifth Dimension Comics, and I was honored to read The Magician: The Long Day. One of the best parts of this review was the warning I received from David, stating “my stuff isn’t for everyone, so be warned” After diving into it head first, I can say one thing: he may be right, but this was a really good read and definitely my kind of thing.
The story centers on an aging hitman who is trying to stay out of the crosshairs of a mob boss who appears to want nothing more than a plain duffel bag. But as things go, it’s not just some plain duffel bag. The book starts off with a pretty brutal scene, so the warning from David was deserved, but I wasn’t dissuaded. In fact, I was enthralled. The dialogue was definitely R-rated material, something which I love about the book. As an avid reader myself, dialogue and storytelling are crucial to my enjoyment of a book. I was not disappointed by David in this regard.
That brings me to my next point: the art. I really like the art. The art was done by D.N.S. (if this is wrong, please tell me!) and lettered by Rob Jones. The coolest part of it all is the black and white color scheme. Sure, it’s brutal to see a man get sawed in half or watch our titular hero use his weapon of choice (an axe! So cool!) to make some thugs a foot shorter, but in black and white, it’s much more effective and brutal in my opinion. I’ve touched on the fact that it’s in black and white, but what I also like about it is it’s kind of odd. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s the odd style that appealed to me so much. The way people looked had this unique quality about it that actually accentuated the story and the brutal violence.
Do yourself a favor and read this book. It’s gritty, brutal, and overall a true enjoyment for those like-minded readers. Also be sure to check out more stuff from Fifth Dimension comics, but do so with David’s warning from earlier. While it may not be for everyone, this Wampaslayer gives it his seal of approval.