Look a post! That isn't on the first friday of the month. What sorcery is this? Well, about that. . .
Sorcery 101 ended last week and I felt I needed to write this up as soon as I could because I have a few things to say about it.
Let me start off by saying it isn't a bad comic, but there was something missing. Even back in my reposting of the original review (which added a current comments) I noticed I wasn't quite getting into it that much and at the time I couldn't understand why. I do now because in ending, it made it all the more obvious.
It does have a rich and involved world. There's lots of characters, interactions, magic, werewolves, vampires, angels, demons, monsters, bureaucracy and all that detailed out and played with to one extent or another. There's a lot of good characters, their motivations and goals well spelled out, and some with eternal mysteries (what hell is up with Seth anyway?). It's got a lot going for it and I think when I started reading it I expected it to go somewhere grand.
It never did.
The ending spelled it out because, well, it just kind of happened. There was no grand battle, or plot to foil. There was no mystery revealed or legend confronted. There was some minor fighting, a car crash and a death, but nothing else. And then the comic is over.
To an extent, I suspect that this is kind of on purpose, it was just supposed to be the daily lives of these people in this strange world. Urban fantasy without the world destroying plots or heroics. Just everyday living. And that's fine, it did it pretty well, but constantly it was being driven as if there WAS more going on, hints and tips abound, mysteries running through, plot threads seemed to be drawing out. Yet nothing was done with it, and while some ends were kind of resolved, for the most part if the last chapter happened after the first, I don't think anyone would have noticed.
I think the best way to put it is that Sorcery 101 feels more like the prologue to another story. It's setting up the world, the characters, the major players and their motivations, and in the NEXT comic, that's when the interesting stuff happens. But there is no next comic, this is it. And considering it's been going for 11 years, at this point next comic was never going to happen.
Again, it's not BAD because of that, it's just not fulfilling. The only bit of the ending that was interesting is the reflection of the first and last page of the comic. Beyond that I think this is a comic I will just remember as one I used to read, and nothing more.
Next time, which should be next week, should see the next part of The Successor. Until then kiddies. Oh and happy Halloween.