Precinct1313’s Comic Book Classics: Madame Xanadu – Disenchanted

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With all the extra time on my hands due to the current lockdown and quarantine that the entire planet is experiencing right now, I have finally managed to almost  completely exhaust my monumentally vast backlog of comics and graphic novels (my video-game backlog though, continues to grow exponentially!) So with my stupendous supply slashed, I decided to revisit some of my absolute favourite comic collections from the past, beginning with the mysterious, mystifying and marvellous, Madame Xanadu…

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Madame Xanadu was created by David Michelinie, Val Mayerik and Michael Kaluta in February 1978, making her first appearance in Doorway to Nightmare #1. Xanadu was the mainstay of the series of mystery comics, with the ongoing monthly horror anthology eventually paving the way for the beginning of DC’s Vertigo line of comic books. Vertigo was an imprint of DC Comics, originally created to publish stories that didn’t meet the strict guidelines set down by the Comics Code Authority, Vertigo enabled DC to have more graphic and explicit content in the stories than was possible in their main superhero line of comic books.

Disenchanted is the trade paperback collection of issues 1-10 of Madame Xanadu’s comic series, originally released in 2009. Written by Grendel creator Matt Wagner, and drawn by Amy Reeder Hadley and Richard Friend.

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Madame Xanadu is one of world’s most mysterious and enigmatic magicians, for centuries she has aided both the powerful and powerless alike when threatened by supernatural forces. The esoteric character originally learnt her craft through Merlin the legendary wizard from King Arthur’s court. Wagner and Hadley’s spellbinding tale takes us on a captivating journey through the annals of time alongside Xanadu as she meets and aids illustrious figures from the past, from reading the fortune of Marie Antoinette, through serving in court as a precognitive for Ghengis Kahn, and even cheating Death herself in a game of cards.

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Death Defying! Xanadu Literally Cheats Death, In A Game Of Cards!

Wagner’s tale makes for compelling reading as we follow Nimue through key points in human history. For all her burgeoning power though, Nimue is an emotional and empathetic character, who is fundamentally just trying to find her place in the world. Wagner brings much pathos and poignancy to Nimue, so much so that you cannot help but form a real emotional attachment to the character, which in no small part is also down to the magnificent visuals provided by the very talented Amy Reeder Hadley. Hadley is an extremely versatile artist and this shines through in a story that takes place throughout history, meaning that Hadley had to draw everything from medieval castles, through grimy 1800’s London and beyond into the early 20th century, Hadley’s consummate artistic talent accomplishes this fantastical feat with ease.

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Madame Xanadu: Disenchanted comes highly recommended to all comic-book fans but most especially anyone with a love of the supernatural and esoteric. Introducing us to a somewhat lesser known DC character, who is an enigmatic and powerful mystic, yet at times an exceptionally vulnerable and tragic character, masterfully realised by the titanic team up of marvellous Matt Wagner and the astonishing Amy Reeder Hadley.

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Posted on April 10, 2020, in Comics and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Glad you are well and the same I wish for your loved ones.
    Speaking of video games, if you feel like it let’s talk about our quarantine video games endeavours.

    I for one ( ps4 player all the way from ps1☺) , divide my gaming time between World of warships Legends (due to family affiliations with the Navy;my father served as an officer at a Fletcher destroyer) and single player open worlds (like Red Dead Redemption 2) where I relax enjoying the immersive enviroments.

    Take care my friend.

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    • fantastic as always to hear from you my friend, my best wishes to yourself and family also! 🙂 Interestingly my family also has a long affiliation with the armed forces, my Dad was a Sergeant Major in the British Paratrooper regiment, plus most male members of my family (excluding me) were at some point in the Army or RAF. I also love open world games, especially Skyrim and Dark Souls.

      I too love the immersion afforded by said games, with Skyrim being my ultimate time sink, I love living the virtual life of a female Nordic vampire hunter… I mean where else could I ever be that!? 🙂 Take care and stay safe my friend.

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  2. Ha ,I am too the one out of the armed forces (brother is a commander at tbe Hellenic Navy).

    Ahh,Skyrim…my save at ps3 has over 300 hrs!
    And (under the current world circumstances) I might as well reveal that not only I read the books in the game, I was also rearranging them by theme at the owned houses bookselves…😂
    Cheers and ” Don’t take an arriw in the knee”!!

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    • Seems we have more than a few things in common my friend! Yeah Skyrim… my original Xbox360 version also had over 300 hours invested, now that I have the lovely remastered version on my Nintendo Switch, I have invested (so far) another 375 hours in it!! the portability enables me now to play it absolutely anywhere!! 🙂

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