Reviewer: Chris Delloiacono
Story Title: The Art of Magic
Written by: Dylan Horrocks
Pencilled by: Richard Case
Inked by: Steve Bird
Colored by: Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh
Lettered by: John Costanza
Editor: Steve Bunche
Publisher: DC/Vertigo Comics
Impending cancellations have always been an all to large part of my comic reading. I rarely complain about a book I like getting the axe, considering I look at the sales charts each month, and understand when a book is selling poorly. If you haven’t been reading this book, it’s probably too late now! I don’t mean that the way it sounded. Really! When I wrote my last review for HUNTER, I mentioned that this issue would potentially be a great point to jump on board. For the most part it was, but I have a difficult time asking people to join a sinking ship.
Dylan Horrocks will be joining BATGIRL as the regular writer this month, but he sure hasn’t cast aside HUNTER. After this issue there are only three to go, and Horrocks appears ready to go out with a bang. It seems two central themes will carry through the final issues. The first concerns Tim’s final confrontation with the Lotus group, who he has been fighting since the series inception (and before). After defeating Lily last issue, the remnants of the Lotus are ready to launch a final attack against Tim and his allies. Albion, the spirit of Britain, is missing from her place of slumber, and the Lotus is most likely to blame.
The second plotline concerns a bizarre world within paintings, which Tim is â€œdrawnâ€ into. His ex-flame Molly’s fiancÃ©, Jean-Luc, is dabbling with mysterious mystic arts, and Tim Hunter can’t help getting involved. This is a very interesting plotline, potentially leading in a great many directions. The final few issues should be interesting indeed.
Richard Case’s art is up to his normal standards this issue. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t feel Case’s cartoony work is quite the right style for Hunter, but he gets his work in on time, and I respect that greatly. It seems most of the Vertigo series I have read are great at keeping one artist for the entire run, and being relatively on time. That certainly makes for a better reading experience!