Explosive publisher BOOM! Studios has announced a new five-issue Magicians mini-series from creator Lev Grossman, writer Lilah Sturges, and artist Pius Bak which will feature the first appearance of "the next generation of heroes and villains" in the popular franchise.
Long after Quentin and his friends have graduated from Brakebills, Dean Fogg welcomes a historic new group of students to the school – the first ever class of hedge magicians, rogue practitioners of unsanctioned magic, invited to enroll at Brakebills. But the traditional magicians aren't too thrilled to have the rule-breaking outcasts in their hallowed halls, and tempers flare as the student bodies clash to prove their superiority – not realizing a new danger has emerged to threaten them all. The malevolence behind the threat at Brakebills will rock everyone to their cores – and even shock longtime fans of The Magicians!
The Magicians is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling adult fantasy novel series created by Lev Grossman, which has become a worldwide pop culture phenomenon and inspired a hit television series on Syfy. Originally published in 2009, The Magicians introduces readers to Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, which boasts a prestigious and dangerously difficult curriculum, famous and infamous alumni, and a record of only… a few deaths per graduating class.
Here's what Grossman has to say about this magical news:
The Magicians universe is deep and rich and there are so many places and stories that the books just never got to. Lilah and Pius are going to take us there — with me kibitzing over their shoulders — and it's going to be incredible.
And here's what Sturges had to say:
Lev, Pius and I had such an amazing time working on Alice's Story and it was clear from the start that we were a great team, so it was only natural that we would try to find a way to keep going! There are so many things to say in this world that Lev has created, so many potential stories just waiting to be told. Setting THE MAGICIANS at Brakebills gives us the chance to tell all new stories in a familiar setting, with a mixture of existing and new characters, and give readers something that feels very fresh while being unmistakably The Magicians."
I had a lot of fun drawing The Magicians: Alice's Story, and seeing all the positive feedback after the launch was really encouraging. So I'm very excited, and I think fans will be, too, about the all-new MAGICIANS series. I had a lot of freedom in designing the characters for this series, and it feels like a big responsibility to make them right, but I also feel very lucky to be able to contribute this much to The Magicians universe.
With a main cover by Qistina Khalidah and tarot card variants by Alexa Sharpe, The Magicians #1 hits stores on November 6th.