319. Magi, Vol. 1 by Shinobu Ohtaka

Magi, Vol. 1 by  Shinobu Ohtaka
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Vol. 1

Rating: (5/5)

(Kindle) - (US) - (Canada) - (UK)

Aug 13, 2013, VIZ media, 200 pgs

Age: 13+

"Together with the djinn Ugo and his friend Alibaba, Aladdin sets out to find his fortune in the depths of the endless dunes..."

Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Funny, exciting, adventurous novel based on the Aladdin characters but creating its own original story.  So far a team has been put together of Aladdin, who appears to be a young boy, his Djinn, who lives in a flute, and travelling/quest partner Alibaba (who appears to be an older teen).  The Djinn's first appearance was a blast!  Quite shocking and not what I expected at all, he comes into play quite frequently and the monsters they battle are a lot of fun.  The bad guy is established by the end of this volume and it also ends mid-battle scene creating the longing for the next volume.  Publishers have rated this T (13+) for "suggestive themes" which in this volume translates into the male adolescent's fascination with boobies. I thought those scenes were funny while the target audience may find them 'titilating'. Personally I agree with the rating and gave the book to my 13yo but this one may be a bit too risque in some parents' opinion.  I'm really looking forward to more of this series; it promises to be a lot of fun.  At this point Aladdin is reminding me of Dragonball's Son Goku with his cuteness and attitude.