Black Magick

Black Magick

Volume 1, Awakening

Book - 2016
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Rowan Black is a detective with the Portsmouth PD ... and a witch, two aspects of her life she has struggled to keep separate. Now, someone is targeting Rowan, someone who knows her secrets and means to expose her ... or worse. -- publisher web site
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, [2016]
Copyright Date: 2016
ISBN: 9781632156754
163215675X
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Awakening

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ArapahoeLiz Mar 19, 2019

Really love this new series that involves witchcraft, mystery and sexiness. Rowan, the main character is a local detective that is figuring out that something wicked is looming in her life. Can she figure it out before it's too late?

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skyekilaen
Mar 28, 2018

Appropriately ominous start to a series that blends police procedural with witchcraft and GORGEOUS art by Nicola Scott.

Police detective and witch Rowan White usually does a reasonable job keeping her magickal life separate from her job. But when a hostage-taking criminal asks to talk to her, then tries to burn her as a witch after speaking her true name, she suspects things are about to get complicated. Her next murder case isn't reassuring, as it involves ritual elements that fuel her suspicions an old enemy is active again.

This volume does a great job setting up everything we need to get for a compelling story: the basics of the magic system (implied, not given as an infodump thank goodness), interesting secondary characters, a mysterious organization secretly investigating the recent events without Rowan's knowledge, and a hint of concern from Rowan's partner detective (and friend) that I suspect will only get more pronounced as Rowan's forced to keep more secrets.

The first collected volume, published in spring 2016, collects issues 1-5. Through November 2017, only 4 more issues have been published, so clearly there's going to be a long wait between collections for this title. Rucka's an accomplished storyteller who specializes in great female leads, and Scott's such am amazing artist, I'm willing to wait as long as I need to.

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Kyanite
Jun 19, 2017

Really nice art! The story is really just getting started, but it's interesting enough that I'll keep reading when volume 2 is available.

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grahamspot
Oct 26, 2016

A dark but fun take on cops and witchcraft. Limiting the use of colour to the "magick" is a nice touch. Looking forward to more in this series.

mvkramer Aug 14, 2016

An interesting start. I like all the setup - looks like a confrontation for the ages is brewing. My only issue - and this is weird - spelling magic with a k at the end has always rubbed me the wrong way.

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punuckish
Jul 16, 2016

I really enjoyed this new series by Greg Rucka. Similar to Coffin Hill, in that it takes place in the Northeast, has cops and witches, this takes a different approach to dealing with magic. With witches being hidden and perhaps older than they appear. Great story and good use of grayscale instead of color.

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