Black Magick kept earning all sorts of praise so I finally got a copy of the first volume entitled Awakening. The premise is that Rowan Black is a tough-as-nails detective by day and a witch by night. Not the flying on the broom kind, but rather the sort who communes with nature and is able to tap into realities beyond normal human understanding.
Greg Rucka is an above average writer who particularly excels at crisp dialogue that often progresses a story line logically and engagingly. He has created a cast of well-rounded characters that will surely become even more interesting as the series continues.
Nicola Scott is a phenomenal artist with a superb grip on anatomy and, like Rucka, knows how to pace her drawings to always move the story forward fluidly and fetchingly. Her colors are also subtle yet they set the tone magnificently in more hues of grey than I thought possible.
But even with all that being said I can’t say Black Magick particularly captured my interest. I’m not excited to read the next installment and really don’t find myself all that invested in Rowan Black’s ensuing tale.
That’s not to say you won’t like it, though. If hard-nosed detective stories with a dash of the supernatural are your thing, you may very well enjoy it. After all, Black Magick features the work of two of the best in the industry.