Black Magick, Vol. 2 by Greg Rucka

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.

Details Black Magick, Vol. 2

TitleBlack Magick, Vol. 2
Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherImage Comics
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Horror, Urban Fantasy, Graphic Novels Comics, Mystery, Crime

Reviews Black Magick, Vol. 2

  • Anne
    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!!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 ...
  • Jakub Kvíz
    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 t...
  • Zedsdead
    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 as...
  • Steven
    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...
  • Rory Wilding
    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 the...
  • Alan
    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 go...
  • Travis Duke
    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...
  • Johan
    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.
  • Jennifer
    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.
  • Geonn Cannon
    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.
  • Erica McGillivray
    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
    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
    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, Row...
  • Sarah Goodwin
    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 my...
  • Cale
    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 ...
  • Shannon Appelcline
    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 ...
  • RB
    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 ...
  • Drown Hollum
    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 ...
  • The Lost Dreamer
    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 t...
  • Noah Appelbaum
    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 pe...
  • Paul Allard
    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.
  • Fate's Lady
    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.
  • Mary Beth
    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.
  • Sophia
    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
    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.
  • Sarah
    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.
  • Pturingan
    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.
  • Bob
    Thoughtful and engaging occult/crime graphic novel with exceptional writing and extraordinary illustrations. Very highly recommended.
  • Lora
    She’s a witch! She’s a cop! There’s a super creepy little girl! Great art BTW