MAGIC WIND VOL. 3: LADY CHARITY (Epicenter, 2013; Softcover)
Note: Book actually released in 2014
Collects Magic Wind No. 3 (originally published in black and white as Magico Vento #3 in Italy in September, 1997)
Writer: Gianfranco Manfrdi
Artist: Jose Ortiz
Colorist: Elisa Moriconi
Willie Richards, a.k.a Poe, the shamed Chicago newspaper reporter on the run who has befriended Magic Wind, decides to go back home from the west to report his story. Unfortunately for him his enemies are many, including the publisher of the newspaper. Poe encounters a seemingly altruistic group of underground reporters who supposedly use their findings to put pressure on power players in order to keep them in place. Amelia Sinclair, a.k.a. Lady Charity, is a wealthy well-to-do who is the head of this group. Things are not always what they seem, and Poe again blunders into trouble. Poe, a non-believer in the magic of the Native Americans, is once again saved by it. Poe is more of the focus of this book than Magic Wind.
Jose Ortiz is no stranger to fans of '70s comics. The work that he did on various DC Comics and Warren Magazines like Creepy and Eerie are just the tip of the iceberg of his body of work, though. He was a truly global comic artist, working for the US, UK, and European comic industries independent of one another. He passed away only a few months ago.
These fully colored English language translations of Magic Wind can't come out fast enough for my tastes. While European fans have read the entire 100 plus book run, we English speaking folk are getting one every few months.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 5 out of 5.
The OCD zone- The print quality of this book leaves something to be desired. There is a powdery feel to some of the pages. Indeed, my fingertips have a black film on them after reading this entire book, not unlike after I read a newspaper. Since this book was made in China lord only knows what bizarre chemical compound they used to make the ink. Lead paint chips? Broken asbestos tiles? Mercury from recalled thermometers? Industrial heavy metal waste?
DVD-style Extras included in this book: The original European cover is included inside.
Paper rating: 5 out of 5. The paper itself is of super heavy weight. It is the ink which is weird feeling.
Binding rating: 4 out of 5. Sewn binding on a trade paperback always makes me smile. There are 6 stitches per signature. The binding is stiff, making this a two-fisted read.
Cardstock cover coating rating: 5 out of 5. Dull matte finish, resistant to scuffs.