Black Magick #4

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Nicola Scott Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 27, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 13
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"AWAKENING," Part Four
A stranger arrives in Portsmouth.

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - John Wallace Jan 25, 2016

    I really want to let you know in a coherent and cogent manner what my thoughts are, and all I could come up with for the majority of that time was OH MY GOD THIS IS AWESOME! Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Umair Zafar Jan 29, 2016

    Overall, this issue did a great job of keeping things interesting without revealing everything. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jan 27, 2016

    Black Magick #4 upped the stakes of this plot as things are only going to get worse before they get any better. Excellent cliffhanger too that should hold our excitement for the next issue when it seems like we might be losing a character we were only just starting to connect with. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Feb 1, 2016

    The dialogue matches the realism of Scott's pages, and much of it gives the impression that we're reading a straight-faced cop drama: various bits of cop lingo, with almost excessive profanity peppered liberally here and there, evoke a reserved, almost detached, way of discussing feelings and fears. As a whole, it's just a part of how this story is a gorgeous entity in which one could easily lose themselves. Required reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Levi Hunt Jan 28, 2016

    Strip away everything about Black Magick that truly makes it unique - strip away the magic, strip away the brilliant color technique and flourishes - and what do you have left? Well, what you're left with is Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott doing what they do so well in the most compelling possible way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Feb 1, 2016

    The events of "Black Magick" have been civilized and sedate after the sweat and fire of the first issue. Scott's dramatic talents have been employed mostly in facial expressions and body language, but the ending of "Black Magick" #4 requires a return to action. The last panel's linework is muscular and aggressive. Scott's low perspective and the downward diagonal in the composition hits the reader with exceptional force. The cliffhanger is a delicious shock and caps off an issue with unusual narrative complexity and emotional breadth. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Asa Giannini Jan 27, 2016

    It's an inherent danger in heavily serialize book that a single installment can in places feel slight as it gives a bit of movement to each character but not a full arc to any given piece. In a trade, these issues will read just fine as important connective tissue that ties everything together makes for great pacing. In issues they simply feel a little less than integral. This is fine, trades are to me still the ideal format for comics and the huge amount of serialization or ‘decompression' which is at time controversial is to me a distinctly good thing. So in other words, ‘Black Magick' is a great book and I can't wait to get the volume in a month or two, but issue four is probably not going to astound even fans of the book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Wednesday Comics - Alex Prostrollo Feb 5, 2016

    Issue 5 was a wonderful, the art was amazing and I love supernatural/detective aspects of this book. A solid 8/10 and I cannot wait to read issue 6 to find out what happens to Alex and see if Mr. Witch Hunter is who i think he is! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Jan 29, 2016

    Hopefully not, and the rest of the arc plays out in spectacular fashion. The final moments, along with the back matter prequel story, leave plenty to salivateover. However, it is very clear this is almost a calm before a storm. The slow twist of the top before it is released. The winding tension to crawl under your skin. However, instead of building that tension there is a lingering phrasethat just keeps repeating, “So what?” It's not a desired feeling after reading a book that has built itself up so strongly in such a short amount of time. No matter what, if you are new to the series, make sure you start at issue one, otherwise this feeling will be amplified. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Jan 28, 2016

    In slow-burn books, sometimes issues can feel a bit more mundane as a stand-alone chapter. Still, the overall narrative and universe that are being crafted by Rucka and Scott have much promise. Black Magick #4 is not a standout issue, but is still filled with strong moments. Read Full Review

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