Artwork is still enchanting. Interesting concept of Newt and Morgan working together.
Character development doesn't give hint of why the two were specifically chosen. Never feels completely engrossing due to story flow
Rating ( 7.25 )
- Total score
The Eye of Newt #2 continues with Newt preparing to go on his most treacherous journey ever, and his master is giving him final advice on what to do in the Netherworld. When they arrive at the starting point there’s a slew of wizards and witches all ready to see the two apprentices who have been called to this trial. The oldest wizard tells Newt and Morgan Le Fay, the other apprentice, the purpose of the trial, which is for them to each retrieve a powerful talisman for their staff and wand, respectively. That’s something Newt already knew but he’s puzzled when his master introduces him to the old wizard as Arthur Pendragon because that’s the first time he’s ever been called that. Even when he finally enters the Netherworld this name is still weighing on his mind but he soon forgets it as he encounters Morgan who snaps at him and accuses him of following her. However he knows that isn’t the case since their masters showed both of them the path and they’re just following it. Knowing Morgan isn’t allowed to kill him he’s still frightened when she states that she still will, and even more than that they will actually need each other in order to succeed at this trial. But can they put aside the old hatreds of their order to complete the trial or will they succumb to all the tribulations in the Netherworld?
Eye of Newt #2 is an okay issue that improves on some things from the first issue but never quite feels as engrossing as it should be. The artwork is still fantastic and indicative of a magical world seeking to grab the imagination yet a lack of the characters’ back stories or interactions that showed depth limits the understanding of them being chosen for a mysterious reason to take part in this trial. However Eye of Newt #2 would seem to be an excellent read for a children’s story with its abundance of characters and various events, and aside from that it still hasn’t reached its full potential.
Release Date: 7/16/14
Writer: Michael Hague
Artist: Michael Hague