Review – Black Magick #4 (Image Comics)

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Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Nicola Scott
Release Date: 27th January, 2016

I have been sitting here for the best part of half an hour, staring at a blank page, trying to get my thoughts in order about this comic and the series so far. It’s been hard. Really hard. There is so much that I want to say. I really want to let you know in a coherent and cogent manner what my thoughts are, and all I could come up with for the majority of that time was OH MY GOD THIS IS AWESOME! There, I’ve said it. Out loud and everything.

Why is it awesome? Can I get away with a “just because”? No? You really want me to work for it? Okay. Firstly, the writing. Greg Rucka has painstakingly researched the esoteric side of the story with a pin sharp eye for detail, it all seems believable, it all seems right. However, it’s the human interactions that Rucka really excels at. The way Ro speaks with her best friend, or with her partner. The way that the school kids talk to each other, or how the teacher talks to them. They way that an interview is conducted then the information conveyed to the boss. Honestly, Rucka has such a natural touch with dialogue that I can’t pick a fault in it at all.

His work is lifted to the sublime by the transcendent art of Nicola Scott. I am beginning to run out of superlatives for her work on the series so far, and this issue is no different. From the one handed corpse on the mortuary table, to the walls of the schoolroom festooned with paper chains and stacked with storage boxes. Everything is beautiful, jaw-droppingly beautiful. One thing that Scott does, that could have ended up as really gimmicky, is use colour when magic is used. It’s subtle and it makes the page zing at just the right moments.

So, this comic is awesome “just ‘cos it is”. Don’t argue, just go and buy it.

Rating: 5/5.

The writer of this piece was: John Wallace
John Tweets from @jmwdaredevil.

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