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Ravnica. A city that stretches from horizon to horizon, inhabited by a thousand cultures, home to countless wonders and terrors. Ravnica. Where ten great Guilds stand forever in balance, each holding power over their own purview.
— Issue #1

Magic is a 2021 comic published by Boom! Studios based on the Magic: The Gathering trading card game. It is written by Jed MacKay, with art by Ig Guara and covers by Matteo Scalera.

Across the vast Multiverse, those gifted with a "spark" can tap into the raw power of Magic and travel across realms — they are Planeswalkers.

When coordinated assassination attempts on Guildmasters Ral Zarek, Vraska, and Kaya rock the city of Ravnica and leave Jace Belleren's life hanging in the balance, a fuse is lit that threatens not just these three Guilds, but the entire plane of Ravnica.

Now these three must covertly infiltrate the wild plane of Zendikar and form a tenuous alliance to uncover why the targets of the assassins have all been Planeswalkers...


Tropes included in Magic:

  • Alien Sky: Kaya has a flashback to her home plane of Tolvada, who's sky is described as "broken." The sky there is red, with aurora-like cracks expanding across it.
  • Alternate Continuity: The book is technically non-canon to the main Magic the Gathering multiverse, although it does only differs mildly from the main continuity. Notably, Vraska and Kaya are still on Ravnica, whereas in canon they are out hunting for war criminals; Lavinia is guildmaster permanently, while she's only interim in canon and finally, Niv-Mizzet transferred his consciousness into a new body of Mizzium instead of being wholesale resurrected like he was in canon.
  • Arch-Enemy: Jaya Ballard repeatedly clashed with a Dominarian cultist of Marit Lage named Balash Xev throughout the ice age. Somehow he always survived their encounters, until she became a planeswalker and killed him easily.
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  • Batman Gambit: Only one assassin survives the attempt on the three Guildmasters' lives and they are taken to Jace Beleren for a mind read... which was the plan all along, as the assassin has a memetic trap implanted in his mind, placing Beleren in a coma from shock.
  • Big Bad: This role is shaping up to be taken by Marit Lage.
  • Blind Weaponmaster: Some of the assassins sent after Vraska have had their eyes removed to be immune to her petrifying stare. Too bad she's also a golgari assassin, guildmaster, pirate captain and planeswalker. She doesn't need her petrification powers to win a fight.
  • City Planet: Most of the action takes place in Ravnica, the greatest city in the multiverse. It doesn't quite cover the entire plane, but it's large enough that no one knows the city limits.
  • Continuity Nod: Just because it's technically an Alternate Continuity does not mean it doesn't do a nod from time to time.
    • Niv-Mizzet got his mizzium body in the events of Bolas' invasion (although this did not happen in the main continuity, where his new body is same as the old).
    • Niv-Mizzet also mentions that the Dimir have evacuated their guildhall before, after the previous guildmaster Szadek tried to destroy the guildpact.
    • While visiting Innistrad, Ral narrates that the plane was once protected by an angel, until she went mad and the blood of the innocents rained from the sky.
    • Jaya recounts the Dominarian Ice Age, how Freyalise ended it with the World Spell, and how planeswalkers were second only to gods in those days.
    • In issue #8, Tezzeret asks to have a pardon from the Guildpact in return for his aid against Marit Lage. He became a wanted man on Ravnica due to helping Bolas in the war of the spark.
  • Cool Old Lady: Jaya Ballard has been alive since the days of the Dominarian Ice Age, and will gladly lend a hand in saving a plane or two. She's also the mightiest pyromancer in all the planes, rivaled only by her student Chandra.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: Kaya's homeplane of Tolvada was in the middle of one of these when her spark ignited; The sky was "broken", covered in cracks that expanded every day, and looking at it caused its denizens to Go Mad from the Revelation.
  • Crying Wolf: Lazav remarks on the irony of having built his entire carrier on lies and deception, so now that he actually needs to share important information, no one is going to believe him.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Jace, one of the most iconic planeswalker of current Magic promotional material, shows up in the first issue to extract some information from one of the assassins. He is then immediately put in a coma by a memetic trap and is later kidnapped by an evil cult.
  • Disability Immunity: Played for laughs. In issue #5, Vraska goes to Ixalan where she meets some old crewmates who had a siren among them to defend against dinosaurs with her Brown Note song. They ran into Ixalan's only deaf dinosaur.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: The actual mastermind behind the attacks on the guildmasters is the abbot of the Frozen Heart Hospital, which is actually a front for an evil cult.
  • Doomed Hometown: Doomed home plane. Kaya's home plane of Tolvada was in the process of being shattered from unknown causes when she left. By the time she figured out a way to save at least some of its denizens, there was nothing left to save.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Ral Zarek wonders why the cult was so obsessed with the comet, since it's just a giant shard of ice. And then realizes that Marit Lage was last seen imprisoned in a glacier that Jaya dumped into the blind eternities.
  • Foreshadowing: It is a mystery, after all.
    • The assassin Jace tries to mindread turns into a tentacled monster after his memetic trap is triggered, foreshadowing that he's a cultist of Marit Lage, a betentacled Eldritch Abomination.
    • During the attack at the hospital, the position and opening strike of the assassins makes it obvious that they were actually targeting the abbot.
    • Marit Lage sleeps beneath the ocean of Dominaria, and was most active during the Ice Age. The Hospital of the Frozen Heart is also associated with ice, and its logo is an ocean.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: The Blind Eternities in the comic takes the shape of whatever a planeswalker finds most comfortable. Ral Zarek sees an eternity of clockwork, not unlike Mechanus, Kaya sees a realm of souls where her victims rest peacefully, and Vraska sees a representation of the endless cycle of death and life.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Kaya has some reservations about working with Vraska, who's a bit infamous for assassinating guildmasters. Vraska points out that Kaya got her own position by killing the Obzedat, which Kaya insists was different because they were evil. And already dead.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While Niv-Mizzet is antagonistic in the fifth issue, being insistent on blaming the Dimir despite their apparent innosence in the main trio's eyes, he brings up fairly solid points; The Dimir are notoriously untrustworthy, have tried to undermine the guildpact before, and only a fool would take their word at face value. Jace may have disappeared without a trace, but he is also a planeswalker who's been known to do that quite often.
  • Jumping-On Point: While the series uses an established setting and established characters with long histories, you don't actually need to know any of that to read or enjoy the book. Anything you need to know is explained within the book.
  • Mugging the Monster: An Innistradi werewolf pack tried to kill Ral Zarek when he visits the plane. He makes short work of them, and leaves the only survivor to be handled by an angry mob.
  • Mythology Gag: In issue #6, Jaya recounts how she dumped Marit Lage into the blind eternities with a massive explosion. This would not be the last time in Magic history that a pyromancer would blow an Eldritch Abomination up something good.
  • No-Sell: The Abbot proves immune to Vraska's petrifying stare, which he attributes to the protection of his goddess.
  • The Older Immortal: Jaya dismissively remarks that she was already nearly 500 when Teferi was in diapers.
  • Outside-Context Problem:
    • Marit Lage is this for Ravnica, since an Eldritch Abomination goddess is not what the guilds usually deal with. Except for that time with the Nephilim, but they were native to Ravnica.
    • On the heroic side, the cult does not know how to deal with planeswalkers. Kaya manages to save Jace from being sacrificed by taking him to Dominaria.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Jaya delivers one to Balash Xev, head cultist of Marit Lage.
    Jaya: Ah yes, your god. Maybe I'll kill her next. Goodbye, Balash Xev.
  • Professional Killer: Three groups of assassins attack Ral Zarek, Vraska, and Kaya on the same day at the same time.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Niv-Mizzet is old enough to remember when the Guildpact was first signed more than 10 000 years ago, which contributes to his distrust of the Dimir. Teferi is also getting on in the years, having personally studied under the legendary planeswalker Urza and lived through the Mending of Dominaria. Jaya Ballard is even older, born sometime between 1700 and 1600 years ago.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The three protagonists, though incredibly trigger happy, are this since they are the heads of their respective guilds. During the meeting of the guildmasters, Trostani (the Mind Hive guildmaster of the Selesnya) is also the only one willing to give the Dimir the benefit of a doubt, though she does vote in favor of an investigation, albeit with reservations. Aurelia and Niv-Mizzt both try their best to be this too, but are being misled by personal biases and misleading evidence. Aurelia and Niv-Mizzet come around after hearing Jaya Ballard's testimony, Mizzet even apologizing to Ral.
  • Red Herring: As any good mystery should have.
    • The Dimir's involvement is such an obvious one that it doesn't even warrant a spoiler. Assassins with mind magic try to kill three guildmasters, followed by public murders all over Ravnica marked with the Dimir sigil? Everyone both in and out of universe knows that this is way too obvious to be the Dimir's work. The only ones who actually fall for it are those who already have a bias against the Dimir, like Niv-Mizzet and Aurelia.
    • The assassination attempt at Jace is a more subtle one. It looks like whoever ordered the attack on the main trio are making their move on Jace... but actually these assassins are from the Dimir, and they're trying to kill the abbot of the hospital they're in. Jace just happened to be there.
    • While the main trio learns the name of the cult's god in issue #4, the audience only learns that it uses female pronouns. Considering that they had already visisted Zendikar, and Ral Zarek is next seen on Innistrad, it'd be reasonable to assume that the god is Emrakul. It's actually Marit Lage, an ancient evil of Dominaria.
  • Retired Badass: Teferi, the legendary planeswalker who lived through the Phyrexian invasion and contributed to the Mending of Dominaria, is happy to retire in peace and spend time with his daughter.
  • Right Hand Versus Left Hand: Wouldn't be Ravnica if the Boros and Azoirus hadn't been at each others' throats about who gets to attack the hospital.
  • Speech Bubbles: In the flashback in issue #6, Jaya Ballard's speech bubbles are drawn in red, with yellow text, reflecting her status as a Physical God planeswalker. Before her spark ignited, and in the present, they're drawn the usual way.
  • Shock and Awe: Ral Zarek's magic mostly revolves around lightning and electricity.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: Jace Beleren has been turned into a psychic beacon by Marit Lage, meaning that she will follow him to whatever plane he goes to.
  • Taken for Granite: As a ravnican gorgon, Vraska can petrify people with a look, though she can turn it off and on when she desires. She admits that this does make it difficult to form personal relationships, since most people are too afraid to look her in the eyes. Part of the reason she likes Jace is that he was never afraid.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Ral Zarek, Kaya and Vraska start out as this, only working together out of necessity with a lot of snarking back and forth. By issue 5, they've mostly grown out of it, and their banther take on a more friendly tone.
  • Tempting Fate: Ral smugly dismisses the abbot's warnings about a commet as the fixation of a madman on the natural phenomenon that is a chunk of ice that evaporates in the atmosphere. Right after he finishes the sentence, he sees another chunk of ice entering the atmosphere. A chunk of ice that contains Marit Lage.
  • Token Trio: The main trio is composed of a black woman, a gay man and a gorgon.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Even after it is revealed to the main trio that the hospital of the frozen heart is a front for a cult, it's too popular with the guildless to be taken down with force. Even the Boros sides with the bad guy.


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