Black Magick is Back! #6
Writer – Greg Rucka
Artist – Nicola Scott
Color Assists: Chiara Arena
Publisher – Image comics
Black Magick is back but did it survive its long hiatus?
Issue 6 takes place in the past and is a great decision from Greg. This is because he does not have to have any heavy exposition scenes. Issue 6 delves deeper into the characterization of the main protagonist Rowan Black. Her character traits are explored and given context this adds to the readers understanding of who Rowan is.
Greg does an impressive job at producing a supernatural story that is subtle with its use of supernatural elements. This results in issue 6 being more relatable to the reader. Black Magick is the perfect blend of the slice of life and fantastical genres. This blend give Rucka the freedom to explore the heart of the story and characters of issue 6.
There is quite a lot of dialogue on selective issues however, it does not affect the pace of the book as the dialogue moves the issue along. The issue is slow paced and that works for the emotion this issue tries to convey. Rucka mixes scenes up by including no dialogue at all, these pages are beautifully structured so they have the most impact on the reader and the story.
Nicola’s art is outstanding in issue 6 and a reminder of why the first volume did so well. Scott has great attention to detail and knows how to use shading. The luscious grey tones and washes are beautifully used and evoke mystery and intrigue. Scott fills the story full of visually stunning settings and characters. She brings the personality of the characters through their expressive body language and facial expressions.
The colors are few in this issue however, where the colors are they explode on the page and strike a balance among the grey wash. Chiara’s collative effort on the coloring doesn’t get much tighter than it does in this issue as there is no clear line where one’s work ends and the other begins.
Black Magick is back and it came back strong. Greg continues to deliver a procedural drama that offers a believable sense of everyday life. Nicola continues with her career defining art with the beautiful assisted coloring of Chiara. Black Magick is a series you’d want to board again.