Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Nicola Scott, Jodi Wynne, Chiara Arena
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: August 30, 2017

After a hiatus and last month’s flashback issue, Black Magick #7 picks the ongoing plot back up. Rowan and Alex are dealing with the fallout from the attack on Alex in issue #5, the trio of Stepan, Laurent and Anne-Marie learn more about their prey, and Morgan begins to suspect the unthinkable.

While I enjoy a good world-building, and the characterization, suspense and dialogue are always on point, Greg Rucka only moves the plot forward by inches – spooky witch stuff is confirmed, Rowan and Alex prepare for whatever’s coming for Rowan, and it’s a repeat of every issue in the first story arc. I’m incredibly intrigued by everything, but I feel as though the good hooks came in issues #1-2, and now we’re just dangling on the line, waiting to be reeled in.

This series is always in black-and-white, with the only color on magical effects. It’s beautiful to see Rowan blessing her ammo and her badge, or Alex’s wounds healing in a brilliant violet, and it gives the spell effects a special sheen that a normally-colored book wouldn’t really provide. Nicola Scott’s artwork is evocative and masterful as always; she’s one of the few modern artists who really grasp the importance of facial expressions and body language. Rowan is always professional and poised, whether quietly performing a small ritual at home or confronting a man with a gun.

I’m always intrigued by the passion and personality with which Rucka infuses his stories, and I’m really enjoying Black Magick as a whole, but I’d really like to see where he’s going with this, and soon, especially to make up for the recent hiatus.

The Verdict: 7.5/10


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