Monday, September 30, 2013


MAGIC WIND VOL. 2: CLAWS (Epicenter, 2013; Softcover)
Collects Magic Wind No. 2 (cover date August, 1997)
Writer: Gianfranco Manfredi
Artists: Giuseppe Barbati and Bruno Ramella
Colorist: Sergio Algozzino

When a giant eagle swoops down and steals a child from the Sioux, it is up to the white man that the tribe has accepted as one of their own, Magic Wind, to try and right things. The tribe is in disarray, with everyone blaming one another. This is a story about betrayal on a very human level, but it is the mystical and supernatural elements which add spice to the proceedings.
We see Magic Wind and Poe become a sort of Sherlock Holmes and Watson type pair of sleuth/adventurers this time out, with Poe becoming more of the comic relief. I really enjoyed the werewolf aspect, even though I always thought of werewolves as more of a European thing. In any case, this was great and I am in for volume 3. 
These roughly 100 page “issues” were originally issued in Italy in the European album format. There are 123 of these released to date overseas, but they are in black and white while the North American English language translations are being presented in color for the very first time. We are now 2 down, with only 121 more to go!
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4.5 out of 5.
The OCD zone- Epicenter makes really nice books.
DVD-style Extras included in this book:
Linework and Color restoration rating: out of 5.
Paper rating: 5 out of 5. Beautiful, thick glossy 105 pound paper stock.
Binding rating: 4.5 out of 5. I heart sewn bindings on softcovers.
Cardstock cover coating rating: 4 out of 5. The cover has that dull matte finish coating which seems to be all the rage with the kids these days. I'm not crazy about it myself. Having said that, this dull matte coating is of the scuff resistant variety, so we will just have to chalk this up to being not my cup of tea.

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