CBI Review – BLACK MAGICK #5
BLACK MAGIC #5
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Nicola Scott
Cover: Nicola Scott, Stephanie Hans (variant)
All I can say about this issue is “oh my goodness.” Seriously this book has been a ride, but issue 5 is wild. If you read #4, then you remember the witch or demon or something being summoned by Alex. Apparently, she got more than what she was expecting and so was I. Also, if the variant cover by Stephanie Hans is any indication of future event, then buckle up because it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.
What can I say about the great Greg Rucka that hasn’t already been said? His writing is just phenomenal, edge of your seat work. Black Magick #5 is a good slap in the face with its exhilarating pace. It starts off so calm, then, wham! That’s the kind of thing I was hoping for, but didn’t quite expect. The ending also got me. You ever see a group of characters that you can’t wait to turn the world upside down? Well, that’s how I feel right now thanks to this book.
I can help but worry about the characters. I feel like that’s when you know a creative team has fleshed out a character well. We get introduced to a character who only had a few lines, but nothing better happen to her. Also, the background characters and environments are nothing to glaze over. Each place has its own ambiance, and each background character seems to have their own personality. Nothing in this book is stale, and I can’t help but stop and stare for a while. You should try it. You will not be disappointed.
When reading comics, I never really pay attention to the lettering unless it is some alien language or such. However, I can’t help but notice Jodi Wynne’s interesting style of lettering. It’s not that usually comic sans type font that you normally see in comics. It’s different and I love it. I’m also loving the one color covers. Even if there is one color against a lot of white and grey, it’s enough to catch your attention. The inside of the book is enough to hold you down and make sure you stick with it. I know I sure did.
Nicola Scott’s work is just so beautiful that it’s not fair. The monochrome really makes the few bursts of color really stand out. When they do, it adds a whole other level of dynamisms to the art. Chiara Arena used it sparingly but brilliantly. The realism in the art doesn’t need anything added or taken away. The panels are individual masterpieces that I want to hang in my wall. It would be a bit creepy considering what goes on in this issue, but it is so worth it. I would love to see more of Nicola Scott’s Work in anything. I feel as though it could make any book worth reading.
If you ever want to see the magic happening at Image, I strongly recommend Black Magick.