Black Magick, Vol. 2
The trap around Rowan Black continues to close, with the Hammer closing in on one side and the Ascension now in motion on the other. But the ultimate wound may not be wielded by magick, but instead delivered via the heart.Collecting issues 6 through 11 of the critically-acclaimed series by New York Times bestselling creators GREG RUCKA and NICOLA SCOTT.

Black Magick, Vol. 2 Details

TitleBlack Magick, Vol. 2
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534304833
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Horror, Urban Fantasy, Graphic Novels Comics, Mystery, Crime

Black Magick, Vol. 2 Review

  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    This has turned into a title that I actively stalk for new volumes. It's beautifully drawn and I love the little splashes of color that get painted in for emphasis. Wow! Just...wow!Rowan's backstory gets a bit of illumination, and I thoroughly enjoyed the way these witches live such long lives. I wasn't expecting that sort of thing, and it was surprisingly cool.The story itself went in a direction I wasn't expecting, and it seems as though these lovely witches have more enemies than they origina This has turned into a title that I actively stalk for new volumes. It's beautifully drawn and I love the little splashes of color that get painted in for emphasis. Wow! Just...wow!Rowan's backstory gets a bit of illumination, and I thoroughly enjoyed the way these witches live such long lives. I wasn't expecting that sort of thing, and it was surprisingly cool.The story itself went in a direction I wasn't expecting, and it seems as though these lovely witches have more enemies than they originally thought.My biggest complaint would be that I want to know MORE, and it isn't happening fast enough for my particular taste. But there is forward motion, which leads me to believe that Rucka has a storyline all mapped out, and isn't just leading the audience on.I really liked the spooky shit in this volume. I know there was a little in the last one, but the creep factor gets upped in this when the ghoulish fuckers that are hunting Rowan and her friends show up. Brrrrr!I have no real complaints. Zero.This is a fantastic story and if you haven't checked it out yet, you're really missing out on something cool.
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  • Jakub Kvíz
    January 1, 1970
    Black Magick je pro me asi zatim nejmin stravitelna vec od Grega Rucky. Prvni volume sem cetl dvakrat a libilo se mi to az na podruhy. I po druhym volume mam rozporuplny pocity.V prvnim cisle se dockame flashbacku do detstvi Rowan, resp. do dne jejich 13. narozenin, kdy se stava carodejkou. Dozvime se i neco o jeji rodine, minulosti atd. Tahle cast je fajn...Pak to trochu skripe, ale v druhy polovine story arcu pribeh opet nabira tempo a vypada to, ze misto tradicniho souboje dobro vs. zlo, to b Black Magick je pro me asi zatim nejmin stravitelna vec od Grega Rucky. Prvni volume sem cetl dvakrat a libilo se mi to az na podruhy. I po druhym volume mam rozporuplny pocity.V prvnim cisle se dockame flashbacku do detstvi Rowan, resp. do dne jejich 13. narozenin, kdy se stava carodejkou. Dozvime se i neco o jeji rodine, minulosti atd. Tahle cast je fajn...Pak to trochu skripe, ale v druhy polovine story arcu pribeh opet nabira tempo a vypada to, ze misto tradicniho souboje dobro vs. zlo, to bude trojboj dobro vs. zlo vs. jeste vetsi zlo.Kazdopadne Black Magick je fajn cteni se zajimavou kresbou, ale je mi jasny, ze to neni pro kazdyho. Nicmene na treti volume si urcite pockam :).
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  • Zedsdead
    January 1, 1970
    This is a hesitant five stars, as it still feels like a lot of real estate is spent telling not much story. But what I see, I love. Those bad witches are REALLY badass, and color is used in this mostly grayscale style spectacularly well.(view spoiler)[--Hints that Rowan and her friend Alex have lived many times before and been murdered rather a lot.--Flashback to Rowan's "awakening" ceremony around 13yo, in which she is lowered into a pool and assaulted by memories of past lives.--Flashback to R This is a hesitant five stars, as it still feels like a lot of real estate is spent telling not much story. But what I see, I love. Those bad witches are REALLY badass, and color is used in this mostly grayscale style spectacularly well.(view spoiler)[--Hints that Rowan and her friend Alex have lived many times before and been murdered rather a lot.--Flashback to Rowan's "awakening" ceremony around 13yo, in which she is lowered into a pool and assaulted by memories of past lives.--Flashback to Rowan acting out in school and her mother's death by car crash at the hands of the creepy witches.--AIRA, the witch-hunting organization, breaks into Rowan's house, chats with her cat, and meets with Alex. A detente is formed.--Rowan is forced to gun down the man who killed the floater from v1.--Morgan (Rowan's partner) becomes a dad. The creepy witches send him a cursed gift; when Rowan comes to save him, they try to recruit her, intimating that she's extremely powerful.--Morgan requests a new partner, citing his lack of trust of Rowan. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Steven
    January 1, 1970
    Not as thrilled with Vol. 2. Moving too slow as a lot of back story is brought in and a lot of space is devoted to the opposing forces. The story and the art is most alive when Rowan is on the page and she is missing for long chunks at a time. Always a challenge to expand the story and maintain the current focus and I think Rucka gave some momentum back here. Probably won't matter when there is a Vol 3 & 4 etc to read in quick succession, but for now, when this is all we have, it's a bit of Not as thrilled with Vol. 2. Moving too slow as a lot of back story is brought in and a lot of space is devoted to the opposing forces. The story and the art is most alive when Rowan is on the page and she is missing for long chunks at a time. Always a challenge to expand the story and maintain the current focus and I think Rucka gave some momentum back here. Probably won't matter when there is a Vol 3 & 4 etc to read in quick succession, but for now, when this is all we have, it's a bit of a letdown.
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  • Rory Wilding
    January 1, 1970
    Greg Rucka has been known for writing strong female protagonists throughout his bibliography, and yet, while reading his Rebirth run on Wonder Woman during the year of the Wonder Woman movie, he didn’t do justice towards the Amazon princess. However, during that run, he did reunite with artist Nicola Scott, and both are responsible for the Image creator-owned series Black Magick, which has brought out the best in the two creators. Following their time at DC, Rucka and Scott return to the world o Greg Rucka has been known for writing strong female protagonists throughout his bibliography, and yet, while reading his Rebirth run on Wonder Woman during the year of the Wonder Woman movie, he didn’t do justice towards the Amazon princess. However, during that run, he did reunite with artist Nicola Scott, and both are responsible for the Image creator-owned series Black Magick, which has brought out the best in the two creators. Following their time at DC, Rucka and Scott return to the world of noir meets witchcraft.Please click here for my full review.
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  • Alan
    January 1, 1970
    There is a lot of Rucka's writing that I've read , and that I'm a fan of. There is some that leaves me with mixed feelings/opinions, and that's ok. Not every writer is going to nail it for a reader, even their fans, every time out.But, this series leaves me feeling confused. unlike his novels (Atticus Kodiak, Queen and Country) or other comics work (White Out, Checkmate, Lazarus), this just feels like a slog through calf high mud. Rucka does a good job of conveying that there is a large threat o There is a lot of Rucka's writing that I've read , and that I'm a fan of. There is some that leaves me with mixed feelings/opinions, and that's ok. Not every writer is going to nail it for a reader, even their fans, every time out.But, this series leaves me feeling confused. unlike his novels (Atticus Kodiak, Queen and Country) or other comics work (White Out, Checkmate, Lazarus), this just feels like a slog through calf high mud. Rucka does a good job of conveying that there is a large threat on the horizons, and that past foes may have to become today's friends. The pacing just seems way far off, and at the end of this TPB some character bits, especially Rowan's, seemed inconsistent from what would happen in the real world (and no matter how fantastic Rucka usually keeps a very grounded feel in his comics work).Maybe the answer is that urban fantasy is not Rucka's forte, and I'm not giving up on this series yet.
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  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    January 1, 1970
    · Book 1: Black Magick, Vol. 1: Awakening ★★★★★
  • Travis Duke
    January 1, 1970
    A stellar volume 2 that really builds on the near perfect story of Black Magick. Rucka does a fantastic job at building on the paranormal crime story from volume 1. I really enjoy the mix of witch craft and crime story and volume 2 takes the story up a notch for sure. New characters are introduced and the plot is getting heated. I loved the opening with a flashback with Rowan and her family, great teases for future story. Like the previous volume the artwork is perfect... I am constantly captiva A stellar volume 2 that really builds on the near perfect story of Black Magick. Rucka does a fantastic job at building on the paranormal crime story from volume 1. I really enjoy the mix of witch craft and crime story and volume 2 takes the story up a notch for sure. New characters are introduced and the plot is getting heated. I loved the opening with a flashback with Rowan and her family, great teases for future story. Like the previous volume the artwork is perfect... I am constantly captivated by the work of Nicola Scott. Her ability to draw faces and expressions are flawless. I love the uses of black and white, its so beautiful with all the gradients of grey. I wish I had her artistic ability! Please bring volume 3 quickly!
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  • Johan
    January 1, 1970
    Great artwork in black & white with splashes of colors when magic happens. The story is good, some new characters are introduced, you get some more background information on the main character, there is drama, action and some exciting new developments, and … for the rest you will have to wait till the next volume appears. Damn.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I'm still intrigued by this story, though it feels like it's developing slowly. I think that the reason why I enjoy it most is the mood that the series sets with the mostly grayscale art that has color accents, and the fact that it manages to work, even though it combines things that might not mix well: 80s vibe, noir, witchy magic, and a bit of a horror feel.
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  • Geonn Cannon
    January 1, 1970
    A really good story, and I love Rowan, but the real draw here is the art (haha, puns). I honestly could care less what the story is so long as Nicola Scott is drawing it. Fortunately when she's drawing a Greg Rucka story, you get the best of both worlds.
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  • Erica McGillivray
    January 1, 1970
    Continues to be interesting and layered in storytelling. I often find myself wanting more, which I see as a good sign for a continuing series.
  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    Didn't flow as well as Vol 1. The story developed a little but very slowly. I dont really see where its heading to be honest. I really enjoy the black white grey tones of the art though.
  • C.J. Edmunds
    January 1, 1970
    The TV show CHARMED introduced me to Wicca but it is stories like these that continue to fuel my fascination with a religion (Yes it is!) that has grown over time and introduced to the modern world not in the middle ages but during the 1940's via an eccentric Englishman by the name of Gerald Gardner.But this second volume has nothing to do with the basic tenets of Wicca but follows the events in Volume 1, chronicling the life of police woman, Rowan Black who although is a practicing and a magica The TV show CHARMED introduced me to Wicca but it is stories like these that continue to fuel my fascination with a religion (Yes it is!) that has grown over time and introduced to the modern world not in the middle ages but during the 1940's via an eccentric Englishman by the name of Gerald Gardner.But this second volume has nothing to do with the basic tenets of Wicca but follows the events in Volume 1, chronicling the life of police woman, Rowan Black who although is a practicing and a magical witch at that, is the subject of a covert group of men and women who have targetted her for purposes aware only to themselves.Rowan comes from a line of witches and the power of her line, of which is the BLACK family line, seems to culminate in her. Add to some emotional conflict with her police partner whose wife is expecting their baby soon and her inability to tell him of her truth, that she is a Witch and that a series of murders of which they have been investigating has something to do with her.Like the first one, the story is fast and offers one compounded conflict after another. Another brilliant story telling by Greg Rucka for me.Please give us Volume 3 now! Can't wait!
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  • Sarah Goodwin
    January 1, 1970
    I am so upset that I cannot go out and buy the next issues because they haven't come out yet! Truly I have so far been spoiled by having most of the comics I've read already out and printed in collections.While I still have my gripes about black and white art, I was entranced by the story in this volume. I really love how they have woven actual wiccan terminology (used correctly) and rituals that pagans would perform, in with fantasy and a new mythology. It simultaneously makes me feel cosy and I am so upset that I cannot go out and buy the next issues because they haven't come out yet! Truly I have so far been spoiled by having most of the comics I've read already out and printed in collections.While I still have my gripes about black and white art, I was entranced by the story in this volume. I really love how they have woven actual wiccan terminology (used correctly) and rituals that pagans would perform, in with fantasy and a new mythology. It simultaneously makes me feel cosy and excited for what comes next. Very atmospheric. It sort of reminds me of Practical Magic, but if that was less camp and more noir. I could have done with a little bit of a reminder of what had happened previously, as I kept getting the murdered people mixed up and forgot what they were investigating. But aside from that, really enjoyed this collection and am growing to love Rowan and Alex.
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  • Cale
    January 1, 1970
    It's been too long since I read the first volume; all the main characters eventually get explained enough for me to recall the main plot points (which are also succinctly detailed on the back cover, so it was my own fault for not reading that first), but I did feel a bit lost for the first few pages. Rowan is having issues with both the police and the witch side of her lives, and they are only enhanced by the introduction of the Aira, a group of witch hunters. But while Rowan and Alex are trying It's been too long since I read the first volume; all the main characters eventually get explained enough for me to recall the main plot points (which are also succinctly detailed on the back cover, so it was my own fault for not reading that first), but I did feel a bit lost for the first few pages. Rowan is having issues with both the police and the witch side of her lives, and they are only enhanced by the introduction of the Aira, a group of witch hunters. But while Rowan and Alex are trying to deal with them, the real danger makes itself known. The book starts off slow, but there are two scenes in the second half (a scene between Aira and Rowan's familiar, and the conflict in the hospital) that each are more than enough to make the volume worth reading. The art style, predominantly black and white with occasional color accents, works well, and the character relationships have depth. It's not an amazing volume, but it has enough high points to carry it through.
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  • Shannon Appelcline
    January 1, 1970
    The second volume of Greg Rucka's Black Magick feels a bit muddled. I have a suspicion that's due to bad organization of the collections, as volume 1 carries directly into volume 2, and that it's something that'll be corrected as the series emerges as a whole. But for now this volume starts with a flashback and dives right back into Rowan's case load and it really jams the breaks on any momentum.With that said, the look back at Rowan's childhood is excellent, and gives some depth to the whole se The second volume of Greg Rucka's Black Magick feels a bit muddled. I have a suspicion that's due to bad organization of the collections, as volume 1 carries directly into volume 2, and that it's something that'll be corrected as the series emerges as a whole. But for now this volume starts with a flashback and dives right back into Rowan's case load and it really jams the breaks on any momentum.With that said, the look back at Rowan's childhood is excellent, and gives some depth to the whole series. Then, the problems that she's facing in the modern-day continue to mature and we also continue to get great looks at a few other characters, in the form of Rowan's two partners.But even moreso than most continuing comics today, this volume is just a tiny fragmeny of a larger story.
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  • RB
    January 1, 1970
    This is a 3.5/5If you enjoyed the first volume of "Black Magick", chances are you'll enjoy part two, too - perhaps not as much. The narrative has reached a point where the wonderful mood of the story is being drowned in backstory and the antagonists' world more than time spent with Rowan and co. The artwork is still the lovely monochrome with flashes of colour, some of the dialogue doesn't quite work, and there's a terrific scene wherein a black cat interacts with an intruder that I will stop sh This is a 3.5/5If you enjoyed the first volume of "Black Magick", chances are you'll enjoy part two, too - perhaps not as much. The narrative has reached a point where the wonderful mood of the story is being drowned in backstory and the antagonists' world more than time spent with Rowan and co. The artwork is still the lovely monochrome with flashes of colour, some of the dialogue doesn't quite work, and there's a terrific scene wherein a black cat interacts with an intruder that I will stop short of saying anything more about. Nevertheless, despite a slow start, things pick up with a tense last third that ends with an intriguing enough bit that makes me crave for volume 3.
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  • Drown Hollum
    January 1, 1970
    So it's been TWO YEARS since the last volume. Stoked as I am to pick up this series again, I found myself having forgotten a few important plot points. While this volume really is some top-notch Rucka and Scott, I find myself wondering exactly where the plot is going. We get some new foes, and some elaboration on our last ones. I'm not super confused or anything, but it's hard to see the bigger picture at this point. I love the dialogue, and the characters. The Cat was a great surprise, and the So it's been TWO YEARS since the last volume. Stoked as I am to pick up this series again, I found myself having forgotten a few important plot points. While this volume really is some top-notch Rucka and Scott, I find myself wondering exactly where the plot is going. We get some new foes, and some elaboration on our last ones. I'm not super confused or anything, but it's hard to see the bigger picture at this point. I love the dialogue, and the characters. The Cat was a great surprise, and the use of color is just badass, especially in the closing moments of this volume. I'm awful curious about what's next, and hope I'm not waiting another two years to find out.
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  • The Lost Dreamer
    January 1, 1970
    Still in love with Rowan. The only thing I don't like of this comic is the long time you have to wait to get the next issue. I never get tired of Nicola Scott's art. The way black and white with small touches of color is presented is, simply, too good. Also, totally loving Rowan's origin story. Rucka, as usual, takes his time before he allows any actual action to take place. But, in this case, the payoff is huge. Also, the relationships between the characters are built in a realistic way, that m Still in love with Rowan. The only thing I don't like of this comic is the long time you have to wait to get the next issue. I never get tired of Nicola Scott's art. The way black and white with small touches of color is presented is, simply, too good. Also, totally loving Rowan's origin story. Rucka, as usual, takes his time before he allows any actual action to take place. But, in this case, the payoff is huge. Also, the relationships between the characters are built in a realistic way, that makes the plot much more thrilling. I can't wait to read more.
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  • Noah Appelbaum
    January 1, 1970
    I burned through this in one sitting, including scanning back through the first book. (This one follows pretty on-the-heels, and it's been a minute.)This was not quite as absolutely perfect as the first trade. Some of the art was a little less totally on point, and the story is really heavy on exposition, I guess to get us to where the book is actually headed plot-wise. Again, I read this all at once with no desire to stop, so these are pretty persnickety complaints. I just want to be able to di I burned through this in one sitting, including scanning back through the first book. (This one follows pretty on-the-heels, and it's been a minute.)This was not quite as absolutely perfect as the first trade. Some of the art was a little less totally on point, and the story is really heavy on exposition, I guess to get us to where the book is actually headed plot-wise. Again, I read this all at once with no desire to stop, so these are pretty persnickety complaints. I just want to be able to dive in a little further a little faster. Definitely looking forward to more.
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  • Paul Allard
    January 1, 1970
    Black Magick Volume 2Another excellent volume - the plot thickens I really enjoyed this beautifully made comic collection in which Rowan’s life gets a bit more complicated as witch hunters and “allies” find her. It’s all a bit dark and sinister and well worth a look although it’s probably best to read Volume 1 beforehand. The artwork continues to be well-executed as is the storytelling. I can’t recommend it enough.
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  • Fate's Lady
    January 1, 1970
    I'm still interested in the series, but this felt like it had middle book syndrome. It lost narrative momentum and even though it was still good writing, it didn't capture me the way the first book did. It felt like a lot of shuffling to get the plot pieces where they need to be for the next actual event.
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  • Mary Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Scott’s remarkably evocative artwork brings Rucka’s creepy but straightforward story to vivid life. The characters’ emotions, the uncanny quality of Rowan’s adversaries, and the delicious sense of foreboding owe so much to Scott—and to Rucka, for stepping back from the telling and trusting her to show.
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  • Sophia
    January 1, 1970
    The art is still incredible, the plot thickens in creepy and intriguing ways, but it's been over two years since I read the first TPB and they don't spend any time going over what happened in past issues so I'm going to need a refresher.
  • Jacob
    January 1, 1970
    Public library copy. I will no doubt buy this book as I own the first volume. Read volume 1 a long time ago, so I'm fuzzy on the details of the first volume. Love the art but was confused at who was who as the similarity between the protagonist's sister Alex and her co partner's wife.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I agree with other reviewers that precious little happens in this volume! But—I like the story arc, it’s well written and the artwork is amazing—mostly black and white, super detailed with strategic use is colour. I’ll continue with this series for sure.
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  • Pturingan
    January 1, 1970
    Things are heating up and I'm glad that this series is back. Rucka and Scott took a break from this to do a year's worth of Wonder Woman issues but now that their run there is done, they're free to resume this excellent series. If you like a good urban fantasy series, this is highly recommended.
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  • Bob
    January 1, 1970
    Thoughtful and engaging occult/crime graphic novel with exceptional writing and extraordinary illustrations. Very highly recommended.
  • Lora
    January 1, 1970
    She’s a witch! She’s a cop! There’s a super creepy little girl! Great art BTW
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