Black Magick #3

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Nicola Scott Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: December 30, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 15
8.1Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

    BOOK 1: "AWAKENING," Part Three
The threat begins to reveal itself. Rowan casts twice.

Brother Stepjan, an important character, is introduced.

  • 9.8
    Word Of The Nerd - Zina Hutton Dec 31, 2015

    Black Magick #3 is another fantastic issue of the series. I do think that the issue kind of dragged in some parts, but it was nice to see more magic onscreen and a deeper glimpse into Rowan's life as a practitioner. I have even more questions than before but I'm excited to see what the hand of glory is used for and how badly things get. Despite a faint slowness to the plot, I still enjoyed the issue and I'm looking forward to finding out what'll happen when Rowan comes face to face with a member of the organization that has hunted her and her kind for generations. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Jan 4, 2016

    The noticeable lack of color throughout the comic"and the delicately shaded black and white art"allows for a naturalism that's often missing from comic book interiors. Color only occurs when there's magic afoot, yet even when that appears (in a soft, icy and shimmery blue), it isn't with bombast"it's with a delicate glimmer. Black Magick has subtlety woven into its very fabric, in all its blacks and whites and greys. That's more than appropriate in a comic about discovered secrets and centuries-old traditions. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Dec 30, 2015

    Black Magick #3 makes progress moving forward from part three of Awakening. Nothing is confirmed, but we are making good time moving all the pieces into the right place, and revealing what we as the readers need to know with time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Asa Giannini Jan 2, 2016

    As I said at the beginning, Black Magick is really good. There's definitely still room for improvement (I imagine the book will truly hit its stride after this first arc ends), but as things stand I can't think of any reason not to give it a shot. And thanks to Scott, it is bound to make a very handsome trade in a few months. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Rebecca Booth Jan 2, 2016

    Within Black Magick, Ruckas words are greatly enhanced by the stunning artwork of Nicola Scott, which never serves to disappoint. Her rendering of the characters in particular is both incredibly distinctive and detailed. Presented in cold blue chiarascuro tones, which were accomplished by Scott and Chiara Arena, the shading works to sculpture Scotts world beautifully. The magical strands of the story are visualised in cosmic colours and when this occurs, against the muted background, light appears to literally shine from the page; Black Magick is beautifully written and a joy to look at. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flip Geeks - Paul Ramos Dec 30, 2015

    Regardless, Black Magick #3 may be considered as less graphic as the past previous chapters, but the storytelling of Rucka and the excellent illustrations of Scott remain the high consistency of excellence. Moreover, a new set of characters is introduced here that definitely adds some tensions and/or excitement in the succeeding chapters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Jan 1, 2016

    The success of this series is its emotion. It's been subtle, and self-reflective, focussed on development of three dimensional characters. There's a confidence to Scott's nuanced art that so far has handled understatement well but, with Rucka's introduction of a new, dangerous element in this issue, I can't help but feel we're on the brink of something grander. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopOptiq - Scott Cederlund Jan 5, 2016

    Narratively trying to follow Black Magick from point A to point B to point C and beyond may give off the impression that Rucka and Scott are moving slowly with the plot, only inching it along. That type of reading basically ignores the forming of the characters that is happening on each and every page. Rucka, always an economical writer, let's Scott's artwork tell so much of the story here as she visually fills in all of the elements of a life that reveals character. Whether it's a flannel t-shirt tied around her waist when she has to cast some protection wards around her house or the fire extinguisher that seems to be placed to satisfy some municipal ordinance in some secret, shadowy lair, Rucka and Scott are shaping real lives for these characters that exist beyond the boundaries of the comic page. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Dec 31, 2015

    "Black Magick" #3 may have a slow pace, but it's still a joy to gradually immerse yourself in its world. The characters slowly unfold in front of us, and this naturalistic pace makes it feel smooth and rewarding. For an opening storyline, this works well. Here's to much more "Black Magick" in the new year. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comix I Read - Kyle Pitman Jan 1, 2016

    Despite taking a little too much time in laying the groundwork for the story, Black Magick #3 is a legitimately creepy series with tons of promise in future releases. Read Full Review

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