BOOM! Studios recently acquired to comic book rights to Magic: The Gathering from Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast, and this April, they will be launching a new comic series, titled Magic, an ongoing series by Jed JacKay, Ig Guara, Arianna Consonni, and Ed Dukeshire.
Here's everything you need to know about Magic #1:
When will Magic #1 be released?
According to BOOM! Studios, print copies of Magic #1 will be available for sale on April 7, 2021 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest shop) or at BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, and Madefire.
What's the story of Magic #1 going to be about?
Magic will kick of with attempted assassinations of three Guildmasters of Ravnica - Kaya, Ral Zarek, and Vraska. The three rivals will have to set aside their differences and travel to the world of Zendikar, building towards a confrontation with a "major" MTG character. The special preview for Magic #1 also revealed that Niv-Mizzet was reborn into a gearwork body. Writer Jed MacKay recently confirmed that the story of Magic will begin in Ravnica with the focus on the three planeswalkers: Vraska, Ral, and Kaya, but assured that other fan-favorite planeswalkers will also join the series later on
Here's what the official synopsis revealed about the plot of Magic #1:
Across the vast Multiverse, those gifted with a "spark" can tap into the raw power of Magic and travel across realms — they are Planeswalkers. When coordinated assassination attempts on Guildmasters Ral Zarek, Vraska, and Kaya rock the city of Ravnica and leave Jace Beleren's life hanging in the balance, a fuse is lit that threatens not just these three Guilds, but the entire plane of Ravnica. Now these three must covertly infiltrate the wild plane of Zendikar and form a tenuous alliance to uncover why the targets of the assassins have all been Planeswalkers. . . which will lead them straight to one of the most enigmatic characters in Magic history!
What about the special preview, Magic #1Ashcan?
You can read a special preview of Magic #1 Ashcan here.
BOOM! Studios is sending one copy of a special preview of the series, a Magic #1Ashcan, to every comic book store on Friday, March 12.
What are the limited edition Collector's Set of Magic #1 covers?
Fans can pre-order the MAGIC PACK, a limited edition Collector's set of Magic #1 covers, featuring an exclusive variant by artist Mirka Andolfo (Mercy), along with the Magic #1 main cover by Matteo Scalera (Batman: White Knight Presents Harley Quinn), a randomly inserted Hidden Planeswalker variant cover, and the Black blank sketch cover, available in April 2021.
Here are the details for Magic #1:
MAGIC #1 features main cover art by acclaimed artist Matteo Scalera (Batman: White Knight Presents Harley Quinn) as well as variant cover art by Guara, InHyuk Lee (Miles Morales: Spider-Man), and Junggeun Yoon (Seven Secrets), and a set of Hidden Planeswalker variant covers by artists Miguel Mercado (Mighty Morphin), Taj Tenfold (Abbott), and Magdalena Pagowska (The Library of Esoterica) featuring fan favorite characters Liliana Vess, Kaya the Ghost Assassin, and Sorin Markov.
Magic is the first comic book project announced for BOOM! Studios as they took over the MTG comics license from IDW Publishing, which published various MTG comics miniseries between 2011 and 2018.
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Will you be picking up a copy of Magic #1 in April?