The war of magic has begun. Hank, a Las Vegas stage magician has been recruited to stop the imminent onslaught of the sorcerer Samsun. Hank is joined by a varied cast of magic users in his attempt to save the world. In Charismagic #5 from Aspen Comics by Vince Hernandez, Khary Randolph and Emilio Lopez, the final battle to save the Earth has started but can this inexperienced magician restore the balance between good and evil?
In the calm before the storm of the final clash, Hernandez gives you all you need to know about the characters. Through various interludes and conversations he makes you care about each one of them. The druid Sudana helps Hank to learn the extent of his abilities. During the training session, Hernandez builds the romantic tension between the two. Is the attraction felt by both or is Hank just putting his feelings for Sudana out too far?
When the final confrontation starts Hernandez shifts focus from a character driven story to a fast paced action story. The magical heroes confront Samsun’s evil witches in an attempt to get the upper hand, but in the end Samsun has a surprise for the heroes.
Khary Randolph’s art is the perfect compliment to the story that is unfolding. With magic anything is possible and Randolph’s beautifully stylized artwork exaggerates the feel of the story while still creating a sense of realism. Just as Hernandez builds the character moments up until the confrontation arrives, Randolph’s art does the same. With gorgeous detail in the quieter scenes, the layouts on the pages help tell the story of Hank and Sudana and when the battle is begun the layouts explode to show the epic scale of the confrontation.
The bright colors of colorist Emilio Lopez highlight the magic contrasting it against the dark setting of the story. The differing palette adds much to the tone of the story.
The decision: Hernandez and Randolph have built a solid foundation to the story of Hank and his fellow heroes. The payoff to this groundwork starts in Charismagic #5 as the heroes confront the forces of evil. The story is balanced between strong character moments and exciting action to make a compelling read.
Charismagic #5 will be released Wednesday March 7. You can reserve your copy today by contacting your local comic retailer. Click here to use the comic shop locator to find your nearest store.
Aspen Comics will be at WonderCon 2012 in Anaheim the weekend of March 16-17. Come out and meet Charismagic creator and writer Vince Hernandez and the rest of Aspen crew. You can find great deals on all Aspen’s comics including rare variant covers and collections of Apsen’s books. This is the first year that WonderCon will be hosted by the Anaheim Convention Center.
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