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Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #12

Ending speculation that began last month at HeroesCon when Jeff Lemire teased that a Neil Gaiman character will be introduced into the New 52, DC Comics announced at Comic-Con International that Timothy Hunter of The Books of Magic will appear in the upcoming story arc of Justice League Dark.

The news came out of today’s “Tales From The Dark and The Edge” panel, where Lemire revealed Gaiman gave his permission to use Tim, whose debut will be teased in September’s zero issue of Justice League Dark.

Introduced in the 1990 miniseries The Books of Magic by Gaiman and John Bolton, Timothy Hunter was an outwardly normal boy who was born as a conduit for raw magic and destined to become the greatest magician of the age. He went on to star in three ongoing series, The Books of Magic (1994 to 2000), Hunter: The Age of Magic (2001 to 2003) and Books of Magick: Life During Wartime (2004 to 2005).

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Mark Kardwell

July 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm

That Tim Hunter image looks an awful lot like a Duncan Fegredo self-portrait!

i wonder if tim is the villain that is going after constatine and his team

Imraith Nimphais

July 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I am so very excited and interested to see how Lemire writes the character. I have all the BoM series and I remember all the wonderful times spent reading them.

Yes!

Andrew Tressler

July 12, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Goddammit, now I have to try reading this book again.

Gosh I hope this means the great long-running series finally will be back in print.

Love the character and really love the first mini, the first ongoing and second mini (Hunter, Names of Magic). Things got a bit muddled for me when they aged Tim for the last two series (and others as well I guess, since neither of the last two series had particularly long runs). Still, there was good to be found in them. But having Tim as a 14 year old dealing with a destiny of being the greatest Mage is so ripe with potential that I’m glad it’s going to be explored again. And Lemire is just the guy to do it well.

I wonder how old Tim will be in this.

Either way its cool to see him back in the DCU, the original Books of Magic is one of my all time fave comics.

I hope that they somehow get Mike Carey involved. I really enjoyed his BoM series with Vertigo; it filled the void left by Sandman (soon to be filled again!!!!).

Also, I love how Tim Hunter’s actually the original Harry Potter. It was such a mini-controversy back in the day (Tim pre-dates Harry from a publication standpoint at least) because of the similarities that Neil had to come out and say that he didn’t think that JKR copied BoM at all.

That explains why a Deluxe Edition of The Books of Magic is scheduled for January.

Tim is a character I’ve gotten to like more and more over time.

I was truly afraid we’d never see the character again as TPTB might’ve felt a conflict with Harry Potter.

This is great news ! JLD is already one of my favorite titles, and this makes it even better !

nice to see tim back though looks like he has finaly aged a little bit. plus props to dc for being nice enough to ask Neil okay to use tim first.

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