Monday, April 03, 2017

SUMMER MAGIC collection coming next month

Years before Harry Potter came along there was a story of a boy wizard written by Alan McKenzie in the pages of 2000AD. Now, Summer Magic is being collected in a bumper 288 page volume on May 4th as Summer Magic: The Complete Journal of Luke Kirby, published by Rebellion. 

The Luke Kirby stories feature some of John Ridgway's best artwork and this book will be a delight to fans of his work. The strips are mainly in full colour, but the opening chapters are in black and white. as I'm only allowed to show you the first few pages of Rebellion's graphic novels it's the black and white ones I'm presenting here. But what pages! The artwork is stunning, as I'm sure you'll agree. 

CREATIVE TEAM: Alan McKenzie (w) John Ridgway, Graham Higgins, Steve Parkhouse, Nick Abadzis (a) Tim Perkins, Gina Hart (c) Steve Parkhouse, Annie Parkhouse, Steve Potter, Gary Gilbert, Ellie De Ville (l)
REGIONS: UK print and worldwide digital
RELEASE DATE: 4 May 2017
PRICE: £19.99 (UK) $28.99 (US)
ISBN: 9781781085417

Trumping Harry Potter to the ‘young boy wizard’ trope by a number of years The Journal of Luke Kirby is the story of a young British boy who becomes a powerful wizard. Cider With Rosie meets Harry Potter via John Wyndham and Alan Garner, The Journal of Luke Kirby is a coming-of-age story about power, magic, and family, set in an enchanted rural England.  Sent to stay with his Uncle Elias in the countryside in 1962, Luke discovers he has the potential to be the greatest alchemist of all – but at what price? Never reprinted before, this is a lost gem from the second wave of 2000 AD; the idyllic setting undercut by the new world of magical danger Luke discovers hiding under the surface in a coming-of-age tale that deals with burgeoning maturity, fear, loss, grief, and the ending of innocence.

To be continued... in the pages of Summer Magic: The Complete Journal of Luke Kirby on 4th May. 
Available in print from: book stores, Amazon, and comic book stores via Diamond

1 comment:

Robert Carnegie said...

The art is beautiful (except the werewolf-thing), but I don't remember what happened in the story, beyond the description. Maybe the werewolf is meant to be unconvincing. And Harry Potter was sent to wizard college, not rusticated :-)

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