Punchy wrote:But Magic isn't supposed to have rules! It's magic.
I never got the sense that there were rules before this issue, we've seen some pretty out there stuff, that water hand, the never-ending staircase, and none of it was explained.
Things are just as mysterious as they were in #1, just because rules haven't been shown, doesn't mean there aren't any.
I'm not talking about the magical representation. I am talking about the actual magic that makes the book happen, the spells that Tommy and the folks from the society cast.
I'm sorry but Carey reverted to his most base writing here and just threw everything in.
What really appealed to me with the first five issues was that he was being methodical with the narrative. He used the first issue to develop Tom as a semi-celebrity due to the books. Then the second issue made you question what was real. The the third and fourth dealt with the house and the fifth with Kipling (which went a long way for defining the magic, read it again...) the magic in that issue is deliberate, the magic in the issues previous, deliberate, here it is literally all over the place. My biggest problem is with Frank, where the fuck has he been this whole time. It all may have supposed to have been mystery Frank's disappearance, the tat's disappearing and reappearing, the fucker at the end with his kids, instead it just pissed me off.
I will give this book another issue. But to be honest it kind of feels like House of Mystery where it has just gotten out of hand.