Charismagic Vol. 3 #2 Review: A Magically Fun Read

Posted by March 16, 2018 Comment

Charismagic Vol 3. #2
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Writer: Vince Hernandez, Artist: Joey Vazquez, Color Artists: Federico Blee, Wes Hartman, Omi Relamante, and Jesse Heagy, Letters: Zen, Cover by: Harvey Talibao and Federico Blee, Variant Covers by: Khary Randolph and Emilio Lopez, Design and Production: Mark Roslan, Editors: Frank Mastromauro and Gabe Carrasco, Publisher: Aspen Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Sudana goes out to recruit Jerry while Hank and Sparkles come to grips with Hank losing his powers. Hank and Sparkles receive help from an unlikely source and embark upon a trip that may help Hank. The Order are in the process of punishing a perpetrator when Samsun arrives to wreak havoc upon them.

Charismagic Vol. 3 #2 cover by Harvey Talibao and Federico Blee
Charismagic Vol. 3 #2 cover by Harvey Talibao and Federico Blee

Disclaimer: this is my first experience with Charismagic, so bear that in mind as you read this review.

Charismagic #2 is an energetic and upbeat read. It’s quirky, fantastical, and has some fun leads. There’s something going on with the magic of the world, and it goes back to Samsun and his plan. Sudana is a grim lead who doesn’t talk much, but she has a sense of humor. Hank is a bit more hapless without his powers, and he seems more vulnerable than Sudana.

In terms of Charismagic getting me up to speed on the story — yeah, I was able to follow along easily. It explains itself well, you can follow the character relationships, and there’s enough forward momentum so that you’re not bored even if you’re not totally invested in this cast.

There’s not a whole lot more to say about the plot. The characters aren’t revolutionary, but they’re not boring. The plot isn’t mind-blowing, but it’s fun and fast paced. There’s a strangely desolate atmosphere to the whole thing, but that may be primarily due to the lack of people who aren’t active in the story in most scenes.

Charismagic Vol. 3 #2 art by Joey Vazquez and Federico Blee
Charismagic Vol. 3 #2 art by Joey Vazquez and Federico Blee

Joey Vazquez‘s artwork is slick and cartoonish. The characters aren’t especially detailed, but they have expressive features and clothing that allows them to stand out. The design of many of the magical creatures are solid. There is the Aspen Comics T&A factor, but it’s less pronounced than something like Fathom. They have a surprising slew of color artists, but each does good work and their style holds together well.

Charismagic Vol. 3 #2 is a fun and high-energy read. It’s not genre-defining or rising to the top of the comic industry, but not every book needs to do that. Some can just be enjoyable, and this book falls into that category. I can recommend it. Feel free to give it a try.

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(Last Updated March 16, 2018 2:28 pm )

About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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