The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of THE MAGICIAN: THE LONG DAY from Fifth Dimension Comics. David Brown writes, with art by D.N.S., and letters and design by Rob Jones.

A local crime boss loses a blue gym bag. He doesn’t say what’s in it, just that he wants it back. And he wants it back badly enough to call in the Magician. The Magician is what you might call a “fixer”; give him a problem and he solves it. But the problem of Caparelli’s blue gym bag is proving to be more of a challenge than he originally expected.

Gene Roberts seems like a normal guy, other than maybe a flair for the dramatic. And his high-stress job has its share of side effects. His somewhat brutal profession notwithstanding, he’s a pretty likeable character (at least he’s got a sense of style). And that’s the idea that spins this into a story that easily engages the reader. The art in this book does some amazing things with darkness and shadow, and its detail really serves to emphasize the brutality in the story.

So if you like the exploitation crime movies of the ‘70s, or you even think you might, you’ll definitely want to check this book out. This is a book with attitude to spare.

THE MAGICIAN: THE LONG DAY is available now on Kickstarter, with more info at fifthdimensioncomics.wordpress.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )