Major Spoilers EIC Stephen has been reading the Dresden Files of late, leading to a lot of references to wizards and everyday magic in our conversations.  I can totally relate, as I had a similar response to Steve Englehart’s run on Doctor Strange thirty-odd years ago.  There’s just something incredibly compelling about a magician and their story, leading to a literal army of unusual wizards in fiction.  Since magic is personal, and people are infinitely malleable, you can do a lot of different takes and nuances in matters of magic, leading to today’s arcane query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has a soft spot in my heart for Mysa Nal, the White Witch of the Legion of Super-Heroes, one of the last remaining mystics in a future world of science, asking: Who is the most interesting of the unusual wizards in fiction?

2 Comments

  1. October 22, 2017 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    I don’t know the most, but I’m watching one pretty interesting cartoon series called In Another World With My Smartphone. Its about this high school kid who dies accidentally because God made a mistake. He wants to make up for it by sending that guy back to earth with benefits. The thing is, he can’t come back in the same, regular world but has to go to another. Its sort of an anime medieval fantasy world and he becomes a sage and a wizard because he gets to keep his smartphone which somehow still works and has unlimited charge.

  2. October 23, 2017 at 11:26 am — Reply

    I’m with Stephen, Harry Dresden is where it’s at when it comes to wisecracking, fire-blasting wizard P.I.’s. He manages to stand out even among a pretty awesome group of supporting friends and allies, some of whom are even arguably stronger than he is.

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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