“Black Magick, Vol. : Awakening” by Greg Rucka

Black Magick, Volume 1: Awakening, Part One

(Author: Greg Rucka) + (Year: 2016) + (Goodreads)


The first issue of Black Magick got its deserved spot on my Good list. It was intriguing and it looked like it will lead to something bigger and even better. However… it did not. The entire volume lead to one single evil pawn of someone more evil that we have no idea about, except that they, well, exist.

The problem I had with the entire volume is basically that. Some of the single issues don’t even have a villain. We see one crazy, possessed guy and one demon-like creature. There is some witch-hunting organization which we know nothing about, neither their motivation, nor their intentions. If the writers of this are even mildly clever, they will not make it black and white, or at least I hope so. But nonetheless, the only thing we learn after 150+/- pages is that they have symbol. Boom. Even the dead guy in the sea did not add up to any certain event that actually happened here. I do support deeply thought through and convoluted stories with many Easter eggs but the issue with Black Magick is that we do not see the results of all that. The entire volume is an Easter egg without a culmination.

I liked how the majority of the volume was black and white and only the very important scenes were colored, but I did not like the fact that all of the female characters have identical faces. If it weren’t for their hair, they would be absolutely impossible to distinguish. I had such suspicions with the first issue and decided to give it one more chance, but the results are obvious and definitely does not influence my opinion of Black Magick in a good way. I’ll probably read the next volume out of sheer curiosity, but I don’t have high hopes for it.


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