Black Mag­ick

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Greg Rucka, Ni­cola Scott (Il­lus­tra­tor), Im­age Comics (MAY) Soft­cover $16.99 (136pp), 978-1-5343-0483-3

Rowan Black, a prac­tic­ing witch who’s also a po­lice de­tec­tive, is be­ing hunted by friends and al­lies alike in the sec­ond vol­ume of Black Mag­ick, Greg Rucka and Ni­cola Scott’s noirish take on spells and sor­cery.

Much of Black Mag­ick is struc­tured like a well-crafted po­lice pro­ce­dural, as Rowan in­ves­ti­gates the death of a man who’s some­how con­nected to her long his­tory of witch­craft. She’s got a rich sup­port­ing cast, in­clud­ing a part­ner who’s wor­ried about her and a fel­low witch who’s her con­fi­dante.

Bits of in­for­ma­tion are re­vealed piece by piece—in­clud­ing a flash­back to Rowan’s ini­ti­a­tion into witch­craft—as the stakes build to a ma­jor con­fronta­tion. Along the way, there are plenty of nice touches that give a sense of im­mer­sion into this world, in­clud­ing “found” ac­counts of char­ac­ter his­tory, not to men­tion the flat-out de­light of a talking black cat.

The book’s art­work is strik­ing, with ex­cel­lent, bold linework mostly ren­dered in black, white, and shades of gray. The vis­ual sig­na­ture of this se­ries, how­ever, is the spar­ing but stun­ning use of color to show the use of magic and draw ex­tra at­ten­tion to a scene; the rel­a­tive scarcity of this tech­nique in the book’s pages makes it all the more pow­er­ful, and it’s a bril­liant way to al­low read­ers a glimpse into the se­cret sig­ils and wards that pop­u­late the story while also em­pha­siz­ing their in­vis­i­bil­ity to non­mag­i­cal char­ac­ters.

With a strong fe­male lead, out­stand­ing art, and a story that blends the best el­e­ments of two gen­res, Black Mag­ick is uniquely en­ter­tain­ing

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