My weekly picks for comics this week were apparently heavily influenced by the time of the year. Greg Rucka’s (Lazarus, Batman, Daredevil, Cyclops, American Vampire) and Nicola Scott’s (Earth 2, Red Sonja, Secret Six, Teen Titans), Black Magick #1, features a look at witches in a modern-day tale of mystery and the occult.
The book starts off with a séance that at first you think is in the past, but ends up being interrupted by a cell phone ringing when Detective Rowan Black is called in on a case. That is correct, this officer of the law is a witch. We then follow Black to the scene of a hostage taker who has one request, to talk to her, but she doesn’t know why. Once inside the fast food restaurant to talk to the hostage taker, she quickly learns that there is a lot more to this situation and us as the readers learn there is as well.
In this first issue, Rucka and Scott deliver on the mystery and suspense. Rucka’s words masterfully introduce us to this world of the occult that lies behind the thin veil of society that pretends that it doesn’t exist. Scott delivers some fantastic art that tells the story with skill.
The issue is in grayscale, but there are hints of color in a few panels. Now I’m not sure on the reasons for this. Maybe it will be come clear in the future issues.
The Good: First and foremost, Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott. Two creators at the top of their game. In a world of superhero overload, a story about mystery, crime and the occult is a nice change of pace. Rucka has already proven he can tell a story with a strong female lead (Lazarus), Black Magick looks like it could be the next one.
The Bad: Too early to say.
Overall Black Magick #1 is a solid read. If you want something different in your monthly floppies, then check it out.