Nat Recommends: Black Magick
One thing I really like about comics is that they’re about so much more than just superheroes and their trials. It’s not that I don’t enjoy a good superhero tale, but sometimes it’s nice to check out other stories—say, a story about a police detective. Who is also a witch. Who is also being pursued by malevolent forces that are really pretty creepy.
The book in question is “Black Magick” by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott. It follows Rowan Black—the aforementioned detective—as she investigates a couple of deaths that are more than what they seem; in fact, they hint at a larger, otherworldly threat that is directed specifically at her. This creates some complications; not only is she trying to solve the crimes without compromising herself or the police work, but she’s also trying to understand what, or who, is threatening her.
As we learn about the crimes, we also learn more about Rowan and her complicated relationship with magic. There are hints that she struggles with magick—not in being able to use it, but in allowing herself to embrace the full scope of her power. (There’s also some fascinating stuff about past lives in the most recent issue, but I don’t want to get into it and spoil the fun.)
I wish I had a better understanding of art and design so I could offer commentary other than “Nicola Scott’s art is very cool and pretty, and is as important as the dialogue in telling the story.” Unfortunately, that’s all I got. I will say this book does look very different from what I normally read. It’s not black and white, and when brighter colors are used it is in a very specific manner which help emphasize particular moments in the story—and it’s really neat. (I’m terrible at art words. So terrible.)
Anyway, this is all to say that I’m really enjoying it, and I’m definitely invested. If anyone is looking for some good end-of-summer supernatural reading, I highly recommend checking out the series. The first volume it out in trade paperback, and new issues will, hopefully, be available at your local comics store.