Greg Rucka & Nicola Scott “Black Magick Volume 1: Awakening” (Image, 2016)
In 2016, when Lucifer himself is a cop & dedicated to fighting crime, OF COURSE our witchy protagonist is a cop. It sounds hackneyed, and it may ultimately play out to being such.
Volume 1 of Black Magick is all about setting the scene. We are introduced to some of our players, even if we don’t know how they will interact. We have a couple of witches, some shifty Germans involved in a secret (anti-magick?) society, and some serious serious bad supernaturals. Rowan Black is our heroine, and so far she’s pretty blank. She comes off more as a witch who is a cop than as a cop who does magick.
Nicola Scott’s art is powerful, and works with the primarily black and white concept. I’m not a huge fan of her drawing, but she tells the story well & never had any problems differentiating characters.
For all that I’m saying rather lukewarm things about this book, I enjoyed the hell out of reading it. I sat & kept reading until I was done. And then I was bummed that I will have to wait a long-ish time for volume 2. So it is definitely greater than the sum of its parts.