Black Magick #1

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Nicola Scott Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: October 28, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 25
8.8Critic Rating
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The hammer falls this Halloween!  From New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning writer GREG RUCKA (LAZARUS, Stumptown, Gotham Central) and superstar artist NICOLA SCOTT (Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Earth 2)! Detective Rowan Black works robbery/homicide for the Portsmouth PD, but her greatest mystery is the  truth about herself...both who she has been, and who she will become. Yet there are others in Rowan's world with very long memories, and the power that one person holds, another will always covet. PLUS, each issue also features an all-new work of original fiction by GREG RUCKA! A new gothic-noir ongoing series more

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Oct 27, 2015

    Ruckas script is flowing and subtle in a manner that immerses you quite without you being conscious of it, and the art of Scott is simply fabulous, its like a watercolour, but in black and white. Except of course when magic is being used and the object of that magic is painted with the most captivating of primary colours. The panel of Rowans face as she utters a spell to defend herself actually made me do a double take, it was that good. Black Magick is quite simply a beautifully crafted comic, and is something to be savoured, Im really looking forward to finding out more about Rowan Black and her family of Witches. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - David Craig Oct 28, 2015

    All things considered, Black Magick #1 is a huge success on every level. The story established in this first issue is intriguing and hooks you in with ease, while a brilliant new heroine is introduced in the form of the witty, intelligent and powerful Detective Black. Additionally, Scott's artwork is truly astonishing and breathes life into the chilling world in which Black Magick is set. Just as he has done with the equally strong Image series Lazarus, Rucka has put a great amount of effort into building a history around this world and the characters that inhabit it. This much is evident at the back of the issue, where the story continues after the final panel in the form of letters, spells and other remnants of events that took place long before where this book picks up. Unsurprisingly, Black Magick is a book not to be missed and is hugely deserving of your time and money. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 28, 2015

    If there were a class on writing your first comic book issue this could easily be used as an exemplary example. By cracking open this book you're bound to fall in love with the characters, art and above all else this new and exciting take on witchcraft. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Gaumer Oct 28, 2015

    Synergy. One of the best world-building, character driving story tellers in the comic book business today. An artist with a style that fits this genre perfectly and the skill to bring it to the comic book masses. A colorist who knows the definition of 'less is more' and backs it up with one of the most effective examples of the practice I've ever seen. Even the lettering, logo design, and backup material in this book is wonderful, AND the book is a perfect fit for the Halloween Holiday. Everything has come together to give us a perfect comic book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 28, 2015

    This isn't Image's next "Saga," or "We Stand on Guard," or "ODY-C" or any of the other titles Image has hit a home run with. This is "Black Magick," and it is exactly everything you might expect at the crossroads where Greg Rucka meets Nicola Scott. The two have crafted a new world around the concept of witches and it's gorgeous, scary and mysterious. I am thrilled to be here. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Oct 28, 2015

    A gorgeous introduction to a character I cannot wait to get to know better, Black Magick #1 is a piece of art if there ever was one. Anyone who asks about the cost of comics versus the value provided need only be pointed to this book, where we literally have been given magic on the page. Rucka and Scott have done wonders on their own for years. Having them together on a single book is nothing short of stunning. Dont pass this opportunity up. Believe. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Word Of The Nerd - Zina Hutton Oct 29, 2015

    Black Magick #1 is easily one of the best books out in October. With Greg Rucka's writing and Nicola Scott's lovely art coming together, it's hard to imagine that the book would be anything but fabulous. The series looks like it's going to be an epic supernatural mystery spanning several generations and there's no telling which way this dark fantasy book is going to go! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comicsverse - Tom Bacon Oct 30, 2015

    I simply can't recommend BLACK MAGICK highly enough. This debut issue is one of the strongest comics of the year to date, and I for one will be following this series avidly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Oct 29, 2015

    "Black Magick" #1 is definitely an eye-opening first issue of a more than promising series. The devotion and care in bringing this issue to life is visible in every aspect of its creation. Story, characterization, and mystery are lovingly and giddily expressed in every aspect of Rucka and Scott's endeavor. Like any great tale involving the supernatural, subtlety is important. This issue has it and, because of that subtlety, demands and rewards a second read immediately after the first. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - elanabrooklyn Oct 29, 2015

    Regardless, anyone who grew up goth or listens to witch house needs to buy this comic or lose their cred. Anyone who likes horror/suspense or mysteries too. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Chase Magnett Oct 27, 2015

    Black Magick #1 is a top-notch debut from Image, the most inventive publisher in comics today. It delivers on character, premise, artwork, and ideas, a comic that can satisfy any reader looking for a great crime or horror story. Wherever the mysteries of this debut lead Detective Rowan Black, it's bound to be a satisfying read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Inter-Comics Podcast - writingtwentytwopages Oct 30, 2015

    Black Magick #1 is a strong first issue dripping with style and building to something big. the characters and themes are strong and the one-two punch of story and art make this book already one to jump on. This is a series that is going to be big and you're getting on at the ground floor. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Critical Blast - Mike Maillaro Nov 3, 2015

    All that aside, BLACK MAGICK is a terrific new series, and I am definitely onboard as a customer. Rucka and Scott are a terrific team, and I can't wait to see where they can take BLACK MAGICK. I have added it to my pull list to ensure that buying issue 2 won't just be another happy accident. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Scott Southard Oct 28, 2015

    The true nature of witchcraft (and Rowan Black's involvement in the movement) has yet to be revealed, and the heightsthatBlackis capable of remain completely unknown. Whether she is an all-powerful world destroyer or a simple soothsayer isn't really the point, but how important her power (and the inevitable power of others in her line of work) is to the mechanicsof this world will hopefully remain the essential cog of what makes this bookso beguiling to begin with. The ins and outs of the spirit world and occult in Portsmouth is where we will likely findthe true depth of this series. But it will be the empathy we feel for Rowan Blackthat will make us come back for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Oct 28, 2015

    And that thought really sums this title up nicely for me. I'm impressed. This is one of the best things I've read in months, and I can not wait for more. I love the premise already, the character has great potential, and I didn't want this issue to end. The second book can't come soon enough for me! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Oct 28, 2015

    Other than that, there's not much aboutBlack Magick to critique. The characters and art are both great, and the little we get of the plot and world are enticing. Plus, the cliffhanger, despite not being overly dramatic, already has me chomping at the bit for issue #2 to come out. I highly recommend picking this issue up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Oct 31, 2015

    "Black Magick" is a great first issue. The comic book introduces an extremely strong lead character backed up with incredible artwork. The comic's plot is a hostage scene that brings a tense situation to a dramatic conclusion in the same issue. The comic is a complete read with a ton of back matter about the series and the universe that the creator's are establishing. This is an issue to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flip Geeks - Paul Ramos Nov 1, 2015

    There is some rather graphic imagery or two that may disturb some sensitive and religious types. And, there are nudities around, hence deserving a "mature" rating. Regardless, Black Magick #1 successfully opens another Rucka-female lead protagonist that has "dark and mystical" origins. Combining with his usual crime and suspense flair, this initial issue delivers on a great start, hopefully sustains that kind of consistency until the end of this "Awakening" arc. The rest of the female creative team, most especially Nicola Scott, also executes brilliantly artistically, clean and even evoking the sense of mystery. Black Magick #1 succeeds and let's all pray Rucka and Scott provide us more intriguing witchy tales sooner than later! Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Oct 28, 2015

    Black Magick #1 is an exciting new start to a series that will test the dangers that come with those who practice magic. We haven't seen the price of it yet, though it has been established the lines those who mess with these forces will cross to get what they want. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Oct 29, 2015

    Black Magick #1 is an excellent debut issue from some of the most impressive talents in comics. While double-life characters are not new to the medium, there is certainly something fresh about Rowan Black and the story presented in this opening chapter. And with a few more seeds in the back of the book, it is clear that there is much ahead to discover. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Oct 28, 2015

    Fans of crime books should find something to like in this book. But be aware, that is only part of the story. As it stands, this book could be part Witches of East End or Charmed tied into a crime scenario, allowing for a greater freedom of movement for the lead character. Still, the book was an enjoyable read that looks the part and I am more than a little intrigued to see if the story and its conclusion matches my presumptions. Hopefully, I will continue to be surprised. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jeff Lake Oct 29, 2015

    Black Magick has all the makings of a good book, starting with the stellar talent behind it. Greg Rucka appears to have another engaging lead on hand, and Nicola Scott's art is as immersive as it is gorgeous. There's just not a whole lot to go on in this first issue, and while the ending hook certainly makes things interesting, it's not yet enough to fully entice with its spell. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Oct 28, 2015

    'Black Magick' is the kind of title that works best, at least after one issue, when collected in a trade. It's hard to justify shelling out $4 a month for a sliver of a story. That could be said of most books, but I came away from 'Black Magick' hungry, starving for more, as though I had carrot sticks for lunch instead of a juicy burger. I'm not worried the series won't be good, I'm concerned how much it'll cost me to get to the meat on this flimsy bone. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Oct 27, 2015

    There's more than a little of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips in the DNA of Black Magick, a connection that Rucka has readily copped to during interviews, and how far that develops is yet to be seen. There's a planned thirty issues to this series, so it sounds like there is an end goal in mind. By the end of the first issue we are left with a mystery, and despite all the clues and hints and something more supernatural at play, there is very little but ephemera to make us want to pursue that any further. Read Full Review

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