You’ll be spell­bound

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re­leased OUT NOW! Pub­lisher Im­age Comics

Writer Greg Rucka

Artist Ni­cola Scott

It might be a bit too late to con­vince Greg Rucka to write True De­tec­tive sea­son three, but ri­fling through the ev­i­dence in Black Magick, we can’t think of any­one bet­ter. Like True De­tec­tive, it’s a crime pro­ce­dural with a su­per­nat­u­ral twist – ex­cept here, magic isn’t a the­matic trope, it’s a re­al­ity, and it’s spe­cial.

Open­ing on an an­cient group rit­ual which our witch- skilled po­lice de­tec­tive lead has to aban­don when she’s called to a hostage sit­u­a­tion, Magick im­me­di­ately sets a tone of mod­ern- day cyn­i­cism fil­tered through the wide- eyed won­der of a world in which magic ex­ists.

This tone’s re­flected in the art; black and grey for the most part, only ex­plod­ing into ( vivid, beau­ti­ful) colour when a spell is cast. This is not just a showy tech­nique; it oc­ca­sion­ally puts the reader ahead of the char­ac­ters, show­ing us that magic is in­volved even if our hero hasn’t no­ticed. It cre­ates an ex­pe­ri­ence un­matched in the cur­rent comics scene.

Be warned though, Magick does re­quire pa­tience. Grad­ual mystery is a key el­e­ment.

Of course, Rucka might not want to join True De­tec­tive – he’s too good at writ­ing women to slum it on that se­ries. His lat­est fe­male lead, Rowan Black, de­serves a show of her own. Sam Ashurst

Rowan’s badge num­ber, em­bla­zoned on is­sue one’s cover, is 0333 – a num­ber of oc­cult sig­nif­i­cance.

The swingers’ bar­be­cue went wrong.

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