After a clever opening sequence in which we flashback to the World War II and see how The Magic Order affected the end of that conflict, we return to the present day where the Moonstone family are still reeling from the ending of the previous issue, in which Leonard Moonstone was killed by the Venetian. Cordelia and Regan decide to visit Madame Albany to offer a truce. But she wants nothing less than total surrender, and she’s already sent a monster after their brother Gabriel and his wife.
That’s pretty much the synopsis. I don’t know if my summery is doing it justice, but, trust me, it’s one hell of an exciting issue. We get some more interesting High Concepts from Mark Millar’s creative mind, much of them dealing with time travel and time-manipulation, such as when Regan and Cordelia meet at a magical restaurant which exists simultaneously at all points of time. And the monster that Albany sends after Gabriel is a truly terrifying beast called The Horologium, who has weaponized time in order to kill people. I’m trying my best to avoid spoilers, but really this is the type of thing you just have to read for yourself, as no description could do it justice.
The bottom line is this is another exciting issue in what is turning out to be the best miniseries of the year. Millar is on his game here, and with the perfectly-fitting artwork of Oliver Coipel, this is one book you don’t want to miss! Chacebook rating: 5 STARS