Black Magick #5

Black Magick #5

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Nicola Scott Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 24, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 10
9.2Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

Book One: "Awakening" Conclusion
Trial by divination.

  • 10
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Feb 24, 2016

    Its this level of craft that elevates a book like Black Magick above its peers in such a transcendent way. Every issue is an artifact of some kind of miracle that happens when writer meets artist and they make something better than the sum of their parts. Black Magick defies the physics of comic book artistry every bit as much as Rowan and Alex defy the physics of the material world. And that kind of miracle within a miracle is magick indeed. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Amani Cooper Feb 24, 2016

    If you ever want to see the magic happening at Image, I strongly recommend Black Magick. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Pauly D Feb 24, 2016

    Black Magickis an excellent addition to the Image line of titles and while some have commented on the speed of building the plot, I find the pace perfect for my taste. Another excellent issue in an excellent series. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Feb 26, 2016

    Really, there isnt much I didnt absolutely love about this issue. In addition to picking up the pace, the exceptional art, and the great character work, Rucka also meaningfully advanced the plot. This has happened in every issue so far, yes, but here it felt like a stride, rather than a couple small steps. Its probably a sign that were about to reach a turning point in the book, and that certainly excites me to no end. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Feb 24, 2016

    Black Magick #5 brings about an end to our first story arc ‘Awakening'. This was truly a trial by divination that got the blood pumping. Starting off with such a heartfelt moment and leading into something which caught us at the edge of our seats. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Feb 25, 2016

    If you like gothic-noir or crime books or books about family or even just looking for a quality book away from the usual over-hyped superhero market, then you could do worse than pick this up. But be quick, with the popularity of this book, you may be hard pressed to find the previous issue from your Local Comic Book Store. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flip Geeks - Paul Ramos Mar 4, 2016

    Black Magick #5 ends with Rucka holding the readers' attention until to the last page with building up suspense up to the climatic showdown. It would then eventually lead to the introductory of a more powerful force that Rowan and Alex must confront in the next arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Asa Giannini Feb 24, 2016

    I would be remiss if I did not mention the final two pages of the issue which tease a surprisingly pulpy, scary direction for the book going forward. We finally have a face to put behind our villains (or more accurately, a lot of faces), and seeing how these new character will fit into Scott and Rucka's world is an enticing prospect. Frankly though, even without a big last minute twist, there's plenty in Black Magick #5 to indicate that the title is going to continue its excellence when it returns. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Levi Hunt Feb 25, 2016

    Black Magick's first arc comes to an end with this issue, and makes it pretty clear that this storyline has just been the tip of the iceberg. That's nice in some ways, maybe a slightly frustrating in others. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 Mar 1, 2016

    This book also finished it’s first arc, and is absolutely gorgeous. There is one particular double page spread in the fight sequence in this issue that blew my freaking mind. I thingk Greg Rucka has build a really expansive world in this book, and that things are only going to get worse and worse for our cast of characters before things get better. Plus the visuals just are so jaw-dropping- Nicola Scott’s work is fantastic, and that is what makes this book absolutely stand out to me. It isn’t full color, its more greyscale/sepia toned, but with spot coloring when necessary, so the book doesn’t rely too heavily on inking or coloring to “save” the art. It stands on it’s own for what Nicola lays down, and it is gorgeous. I am really worried where this story of witches and magic (I spell it without the K) is going, because it hasn’t been very good so far, and we haven’t really found out who or what is behind all this bad stuff. But this book has been fantastic, and even though we are five issues in, that old Image publishing schedule standard should have the first collected edition out in April, and the sixth issue hitting that same month- or most likely, the same week! I would recommend checking this book out, because the creators on this book are making some fantastic reading here, and I don’t think anyone would want to miss out.

  • 9.0
    Briton Mar 5, 2016

    Why can't all comics be as good as this.

  • 8.5
    Gizmo Feb 28, 2016

    This and Wytches have somehow made Witches cool now. Excellent end to this arc, can't wait for the next one. Rucks has given us another keeper!

  • 7.5
    JBL Reviews Feb 28, 2016

    I got somewhat lost at who is who and what was happening,

  • 9.0
    Quietomega Feb 24, 2016

  • 9.5
    Lotrbruno Sep 25, 2016

  • 9.0
    Jabberwocky_Superfly Feb 26, 2016

  • 8.5
    Veido Feb 27, 2016

  • 8.5
    Nuckster77 May 26, 2016

  • 8.0
    SwampyCA Mar 14, 2016

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