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Sam Humphries & Jen Bartel

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Page 45 Review by Jonathan

"When everyone told you magic wasn't real, you gave up."
"No, I did not!"
"When your mom died, you bounced back real easy."
"NO! IT WAS THE WORST!"
"You only made it with the help of your family. And even then... you failed."
"No, I didn't have any help. Dad went crazy and Marisa moved out! I had to do it all on my own!
"I didn't fail. I graduated high school. I held down jobs. I moved out of that house!
"No! I am done feeling bad for all the shit they put on me! I found the cabals and I found Mom!
"I didn't fail. I didn't fuck up. I'M STILL HERE!
"Standing in an open grave..."

That's her cat giving Nina a hard time, by the way. Except her cat isn't... well... I'm grappling with a huge spoiler that would make a superb gag here... But then maybe her cat is gagged... Let's just leave it at that, shall we...

Except her cat isn't just a cat. Obviously. I will give you that. Let me let the publisher muddy matters further...

"Magic is like water. Your heart is like a fountain.

Nina Rodriguez knows there's a hidden magical world run by ruthless cabals hiding in Los Angeles. And when a giant magic beast kidnaps her sister, Nina must confront her past and her demons to get her sister back and reclaim her life."

So this is a magical quest / voyage of self-discovery yarn then with elements of humour, horror and plenty of sexy sassiness? And a talking cat? Yes, most definitely. Penned by Marvel and DC stalwart Sam Humphries this will most definitely appeal to fans of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, not only in terms of storytelling but also artistically with Jen Bartel's clear, colourful and dare I say it slightly cute art.

Of course it's far too early to tell whether this can hits the heady heights of Kieron and Jamie's masterpiece, but certainly Sam has sewn enough intrigue and created enough dramatic tension, including plenty of the familial variety, to lure me in. I have certainly already concluded that absolutely no one is to be trusted, not least Nina with her penchant for self-destructive behaviour.

Expect bad decisions and worse consequences.

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