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Get a Look at Jace’s Uncertain Fate in Magic #2

BOOM! Studios have released a first look at Magic #2, the next issue of the new original comic book series from acclaimed writer Jed MacKay, artist Ig Guara, colorist Arianna Consonni, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, perfect for new readers and long time fans, available on May 12, 2021.

With their homes rocked by an attack – and Jace Beleren’s life hanging in the balance – Planeswalkers Kaya, Ral, and Vraska must discover who is behind it all. But as they begin to suspect one of Ravnica’s most prominent Guilds is behind the attack, it becomes clear their enemy may be plotting something even more destructive…

Magic #2 also features main cover art by acclaimed artist Matteo Scalera as well as variant cover art by Ig Guara, Daniel Warren Johnson, Michael Walsh, Jahnoy Lindsay, and Kael Ngu.

Magic #2

Review: Magic #1

Magic #1

The popular game Magic: The Gathering has found a new home in comics with BOOM! Studios. Magic #1 kicks off a new series and adventure in the worlds crafted over decades by Wizards of the Coast. The debut is an interesting one that can be enjoyed for the straightforward story or the deeper cuts into the world of Magic: The Gathering. It’s been years since I played but the comic is full of references that fans of the game will enjoy.

Written by Jed MacKay, Magic #1 introduces us quickly to the multiverse and concept of Planeswalkers and most importantly the setting of Ravnica. The setting is an interesting one. It’s not just a setting of a Magic: The Gathering set but it also might defy expectations of those new to the world. Ravnica is as much a character in the comic as the Planeswalkers. It’s a sprawling city with thousands of cultures, numerous guilds, and lots of possibilities.

Despite the at times complicated world of the game, MacKay keeps things simple. Magic #1 focuses on an assassination attempt on three heads of guilds and the fallout from that. It’s a simple concept that introduces the key players, creates conflicts, and gives a logical reason for these characters to come together. Fans of the game will recognize the high-profile choices. Where I fall short is recognizing the spells. There’s some I think I know but those who have played and know the world will likely appreciate some of what’s on the page more. It’s a comic that feels like it has a lot for long-time fans but it also presents things so that new readers can hop in and not feel overwhelmed or that they’re missing something.

The art by Ig Guara is interesting. Along with color by Arianna Consonni, the art is much more geared towards “comics”. Those expecting an art style that’s similar to Magic: The Gathering cards might be disappointed. The art though is really engaging. Ravnica looks fantastic and the introduction to the various guilds makes it all look fantastical and sucks the reader in. The art does a great job of balancing the various perspectives with page layouts that are dynamic. There’s some really interesting choices that make an exciting flow to the story. Ed Dukeshire‘s lettering is great too, really adding emotion to the characters. At times, there’s also a lot of dialogue as well but Dukeshire’s choices never feel overwhelming and the art still shines.

Magic #1 does a solid job of bringing the massive world of Magic: The Gathering to comics. Its story keeps things simple with an attack and assassination attempt, something that’s easy to understand and brings characters together in an organic and easy way. It’s a great mix of the game and comics that’s fun for long-time fans and those new to the world.

Story: Jed MacKay Art: Ig Guara
Color: Arianna Consonni Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Magic #1 Preview

Magic #1

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Ig Guara (CA) Matteo Scalera
In Shops: Apr 07, 2021
SRP: $4.99

A new beginning for the pop culture phenomenon of Magic starts here from Jed MacKay (Marvel’s Black Cat) and Ig Guara (Marvel’s Ghost-Spider), perfect for new readers and long time fans.

Across the vast Multiverse, those gifted with a “spark” can tap into the raw power of Magic and travel across realms -they are Planeswalkers.

When coordinated assassination attempts on Guildmasters Ral Zarek, Vraska and Kaya rock the city of Ravnica and leave Jace Belleren’s life hanging in the balance, a fuse is lit that threatens not just these three Guilds, but the entire plane of Ravnica.

Now these three must covertly infiltrate the wild plane of Zendikar and form a tenuous alliance to uncover why the targets of the assassins have all been Planeswalkers…

…which will lead them straight to one of the most enigmatic characters in Magic history!

Magic #1

Magic #1 Sells Out and Gets a Second Printing

BOOM! Studios has announced today that Magic #1, the premiere issue of the new original comic book series from acclaimed writer Jed MacKay, artist Ig Guara, colorist Arianna Consonni, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, perfect for new readers and long-time fans, has sold out at the distributor level!

In response to the overwhelming support from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has announced Magic #1 Second Printing, featuring brand new cover art by superstar series artist Ig Guara with colors by Tamra Bonvillain and available in stores April 28, 2021.

Across the vast Multiverse, those gifted with a “spark” can tap into the raw power of Magic and travel across realms — they are Planeswalkers. When coordinated assassination attempts on Guildmasters Ral Zarek, Vraska, and Kaya rock the city of Ravnica and leave Jace Beleren’s life hanging in the balance, a fuse is lit that threatens not just these three Guilds, but the entire plane of Ravnica. Now these three must covertly infiltrate the wild plane of Zendikar and form a tenuous alliance to uncover why the targets of the assassins have all been Planeswalkers. . . which will lead them straight to one of the most enigmatic characters in Magic history!

Magic #1 debuts in comic shops on April 7.

Magic #1 Second Printing

Candlekeep Mysteries for Dungeons and Dragons is Out Now

While there’s a lot to love about long Dungeons & Dragons campaigns full of twists, drama, and character development, sometimes Dungeon Masters and players are looking for quick one-shots, a light-hearted palate-cleanser, or … a little mystery.

Introducing Candlekeep Mysteries, an anthology of seventeen mystery-themed adventures each centered around a single book found in the iconic library fortress. All of these adventures–many written by new authors—are intended to be played as one-shots in-person or online or simply dropped into any existing campaign. Candlekeep Mysteries is perfect for Dungeon Masters who are looking to inject new characters, story hooks, magic items, and monsters into their game without tons of prep.

It features a cover by Clint Cearley, and in game stores with an alternate cover by Simen MeyerCandlekeep Mysteries presents each adventure as a tome on its infinite shelves, plus background information about the library fortress that’s enchanted fans of the Forgotten Realms for decades.

Candlekeep Mysteries features adventures written by authors, including:

  • Graeme Barber (@POCGamer)
  • Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (@kellylynnedang)
  • Alison Huang (@Drazillion)
  • Mark Hulmes (@sherlock_hulmes)
  • Jennifer Kretchmer (@dreamwisp)
  • Daniel Kwan (@danielhkwan)
  • Adam Lee (@adamofadventure)
  • Ari Levitch (@AriLevitch)
  • Sarah Madsen (@UnfetteredMuse)
  • Christopher Perkins (@ChrisPerkinsDnD)
  • Michael Polkinghorn (@MiketheGoalie)
  • Taymoor Rehman (@DarkestCrows)
  • Derek Ruiz (@ElvenTower)
  • Kienna Shaw (@kiennas)
  • Brandes Stoddard (@BrandesStoddard)
  • Amy Vorpahl (@vorpahlsword)
  • Toni Winslow-Brill (@vorgryth)

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Wizards of the Coast today announces Dark Alliance

Dark Alliance

Wizards of the Coast has announced that Dark Alliance, the explosive action roleplaying game that builds upon the rich lore of the Forgotten Realms in Dungeons & Dragons, launches on June 22, 2021 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One Consoles and Xbox Series X|S.

Developed by Wizards Studio, Tuque Games, and set in the Forgotten Realms, the game features real-time combat and dynamic co-op gameplay, and pits the infamous Drizzt Do’Urden and his legendary companions – Catti-brie, Bruenor, and Wulfgar – against some of the most iconic monsters from the world of Dungeons & Dragons. Frost Giants, Beholders, and White Dragons roam the frozen tundra of Icewind Dale in search of the Crystal Shard— and it’s up to the companions to muster the strength to stop them from claiming and using it to destroy their home.

Starting today, fans can pre-order the Digital Edition for $39.99 online vor the standard edition and retail-exclusive Steelbook edition for $59.99 at select retailers. The Steelbook edition includes a Steelbook case, a printed art book, a downloadable Dungeons & Dragons soundtrack, a Beholder and Lich weapon set, and the forthcoming expansion “Echoes of the Blood War”. Fans can also opt to pre-order the Digital Deluxe Edition for $59.99 that includes the upcoming expansion “Echoes of the Blood War” and the Lich weapon set. All pre-orders – regardless of edition or platform – will receive an exclusive in-game Beholder weapon set at launch.

Wizards of the Coast is making it easy to assemble your party. Players who purchase Dark Alliance on PlayStation 4 will receive a free digital download code so that they can upgrade to the PlayStation 5, and vice versa. Players who preorder on Xbox One Consoles or Xbox Series X|S will only have to buy the game once and receive it on both platforms through Smart Delivery.

BOOM! Studios Summons a Magic #1 Hidden Planeswalker Variant Cover by Taj Tenfold

BOOM! Studios has revealed a Hidden Planeswalker variant cover featuring Kaya the Ghost Assassin by artist Taj Tenfold for Magic #1, the premiere issue of  the new original comic book series from acclaimed writer Jed MacKay, artist Ig Guara, colorist Arianna Consonni, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, perfect for new readers and long time fans, available on April 7, 2021.

Across the vast Multiverse, those gifted with a “spark” can tap into the raw power of Magic and travel across realms — they are Planeswalkers. When coordinated assassination attempts on Guildmasters Ral Zarek, Vraska, and Kaya rock the city of Ravnica and leave Jace Beleren’s life hanging in the balance, a fuse is lit that threatens not just these three Guilds, but the entire plane of Ravnica. Now these three must covertly infiltrate the wild plane of Zendikar and form a tenuous alliance to uncover why the targets of the assassins have all been Planeswalkers. . . which will lead them straight to one of the most enigmatic characters in Magic history!

Magic #1 Taj Tenfold variant cover

Magic #1 Taps Matteo Scalera for a Cover

BOOM! Studios has revealed today the main cover by acclaimed artist Matteo Scalera with colors by Moreno Dinisio for Magic #1, the premiere issue of the new original comic book series from acclaimed writer Jed MacKay, artist Ig Guara, colorist Arianna Consonni, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, perfect for new readers and long time fans, available on April 7, 2021.

Across the vast Multiverse, those gifted with a “spark” can tap into the raw power of Magic and travel across realms — they are Planeswalkers. When coordinated assassination attempts on Guildmasters Ral Zarek, Vraska, and Kaya rock the city of Ravnica and leave Jace Beleren’s life hanging in the balance, a fuse is lit that threatens not just these three Guilds, but the entire plane of Ravnica. Now these three must covertly infiltrate the wild plane of Zendikar and form a tenuous alliance to uncover why the targets of the assassins have all been Planeswalkers. . . which will lead them straight to one of the most enigmatic characters in Magic history!

Magic #1 features variant cover art by series artist Guara, InHyuk Lee, and Junggeun Yoon, and a set of Hidden Planeswalker variant covers by artists Miguel Mercado, Taj Tenfold, and Magdalena Pagowska featuring fan favorite characters Liliana Vess, Kaya the Ghost Assassin, and Sorin Markov. 

Fans can also pre-order the Magic Pack, a limited edition Collector’s Set of Magic #1 covers, featuring an exclusive Magic Pack variant by artist Mirka Andolfo, along with the Magic #1 main cover by Scalera, a randomly inserted Hidden Planeswalker variant cover, and the Black blank sketch cover, available in April 2021.

BOOM! Studios Announces Surprise Magic #1 Ashcan for March 2021

BOOM! Studios has revealed today a brand new first look at Magic #1, the premiere issue of -the new original comic book series from acclaimed writer Jed MacKay, artist Ig Guara, colorist Arianna Consonni, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, perfect for new readers and long–time fans, available on April 7, 2021.

In response to the enthusiastic support and overwhelming demand from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios will provide each qualifying store with one copy of a surprise ashcan that previews the first issue and includes exclusive backmatter, available in stores on March 10, 2021.

Across the vast Multiverse, those gifted with a “spark” can tap into the raw power of Magic and travel across realms — they are Planeswalkers. When coordinated assassination attempts on Guildmasters Ral Zarek, Vraska, and Kaya rock the city of Ravnica and leave Jace Beleren’s life hanging in the balance, a fuse is lit that threatens not just these three Guilds, but the entire plane of Ravnica. Now these three must covertly infiltrate the wild plane of Zendikar and form a tenuous alliance to uncover why the targets of the assassins have all been Planeswalkers. . . which will lead them straight to one of the most enigmatic characters in Magic history!

Magic #1 features main cover art by acclaimed artist Matteo Scalera as well as variant cover art by Guara, InHyuk Lee, and Junggeun Yoon, and a set of Hidden Planeswalker variant covers by artists Miguel Mercado, Taj Tenfold, and Magdalena Pagowska featuring fan-favorite characters Liliana Vess, Kaya the Ghost Assassin, and Sorin Markov.

Fans can also pre-order the Magic Pack, a limited–edition Collector’s Set of Magic #1 covers, featuring an exclusive Magic Pack variant by artist Mirka Andolfo, along with the Magic #1 main cover by Scalera, a randomly inserted Hidden Planeswalker variant cover, and the Black blank sketch cover, available in April 2021.

Magic #1

Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft Brings Slasher Horror, Macabre Fairy Tales, the Zombie Apocalypse, and More to Dungeons & Dragons

One of the most popular adventures published by Dungeons & Dragons in the last few years was Curse of Strahd which begins when characters are pulled by creeping mists into a land called Barovia. But Strahd’s domain is just one of the many Domains of Dread that make up the horror-themed setting of Ravenloft. Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft refreshes the setting by giving Dungeon Masters descriptions of more than 30 Domains of Dread beyond Barovia as well as the tools to create their own horrific stories, including details on each domain’s Darklord, a ready-to-play adventure, new monsters, lineages, and sub-classes. Be afraid for Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft to pull D&D fans into the Mists on May 18.

The correspondence of Rudolph Van Richten and other heroes of Ravenloft, like Ezmerelda d’Avenir and the Weathermay-Foxgrove Twins, introduce a new generation of monster hunters to the Lands of the Mists. Some of the Domains of Dread might feel eerily familiar to fans such as Lamordia, which explores the horror of experimentation on creating undead beings from deceased body parts by Dr. Viktra Mordenheim. Other horrors include the surreal, fairytale masquerades of Dementlieu; treachery in the war-torn rain forests of Kalakeri; and the endless zombie hordes of Falkovnia. Van Richten’s Guide includes rules and advice for DMs to create custom domains and Darklords by portraying established horror tropes or whatever special new blend of terror they can imagine.

Players can create more terrifying characters with Dark Gifts that provide roleplaying ties to the Domains of Dread by bestowing benefits that may have a deadly cost. With Van Richten’s Guide, players can also roll up a dhampir who’s been created by a vampire, a hexblood descended from a hag, or a reborn who’s been brought back from the dead. Two new subclasses further flesh out the options with the College of Spirits for bards and the Undead pact for warlocks, as well as new backgrounds to explore and trinkets to collect.

Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft features a cover by Anna Podedworna available everywhere and an alternate cover by Scott M. Fischer only available through game stores.


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