I agree with mcmasters that I appreciate you aren't starting with a bunch of action. I personally dislike being thrown into action scenes before we barely even know the characters' names. So this is my kind of story so far.
The pacing was mostly fine to me, but I felt like a lot of the "breathe" panels weren't necessary. To me, panel 2 on this page
could have been cut. Similarly, panel 1 or 2 could have been cut from here
(possibly both; if you keep either of them, it should be #1 though. I'd say cut it because you have another coming up on the same page). On the other hand, that page's panel 5 is a good fit. Having pauses is good for showing dramatic effect, and I get that he's having trouble taking this all in. But when you do it a bunch consecutively when not a lot else is really happening, it gets old. Fast.
The font is a bit small at times, and the particular face you've chosen makes it hard to read when it gets smaller. Try to be consistent in your size.
I really like the artwork, especially for the first page. I'm looking forward to seeing more magicy stuff.
An archive page would be nice. And from a web design standpoint, pages that just say "coming soon" are discouraging to users. These pages should either have some content on them or the links should be removed so they can't be accessed until they're ready. It's fine if the site is under construction, but leading your readers to blank pages will discourage them from ever going back to said pages.
I like the website background. But you may want to consider making it bigger, tiling it, or mixing the edges a bit so it looks continuous. On larger monitors, the edge is very noticeable. (I took a screenshot to show what I mean, but imageshack is down right now so I'll post it later.)
I'm adding it to my RSS feed. I'm all for "cliche" stories as long as they're entertaining.