Michael Hague’s Eye of Newt Review: Amazing

The story of a wizard’s apprentice going on a wizard’s quest is nothing new. They can be unforgettable to the point of becoming classics (any Merlin story and “Harry Potter,” anyone?) One of the more recent stories is “Eye of Newt” by Michael Hague and it is one of the best ones around.

The story is about a wizard’s apprentice named Newt who must go on a wizard’s quest. The quest entails going into the underworld to find a powerful item that will be used as a magic item for his staff. Of course, there will be plenty of obstacles to overcome.

The story reads like a medieval tale with narration (written in Gothic) and dialogue. This presentation works well in that it actually makes you feel like you’re reading a tale that may have been written during the medieval period. On top of that the story’s pace does not falter; it keeps the reader’s attention from beginning to end.

The characters, though medieval archetypes, are well written and likable. Newt himself is likable in that we do root for him whenever he does get himself into trouble against mythical creatures.

The art is also pretty spectacular. It gives off a classic medieval art feel. These are images you’d see in many medieval books and even some artwork from that time. The creature designs are pretty inventive. They may only be a frog, dragons or a troll, but the skill used here is something to marvel at.

Speaking of marveling, Hague does this technique where an image wraps around the other panels. It’s a pretty unique technique that will make you marvel at just that image for a while.

Not everything is all that great though. Newt’s high style looks like a weird bonnet that makes him look like a girl. Yes, there were some strange weird hair styles for boys back then, but even this is obviously for girls. Also, once you find out that Newt’s real name is Arthur Pendragon (yes, that Arthur Pendragon) you will do a double take. This comic can be considered a sort of retelling of the Arthurian legend where Arthur was a wizard’s apprentice. Knowing that, it’s not as headache inducing as you’d expect.

The only real headache, mind-blowing, vomit inducing part is the ending. The ending just comes out of nowhere- makes no sense whatsoever.

“Eye of Newt” is a marvelous wizard’s quest tale with some great art. The only word of caution is that the ending is one of the worst endings you’ll ever read in your life.

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Rocco Sansone is a “man of many interests.” These include anime/manga, video games, tabletop RPGs, YA literature, 19th century literature, the New York Rangers, and history. Among the things and places he would like to see before he dies are Japan, half of Europe, and the New York Rangers win another Stanley Cup.

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