In the world of Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott’s (writer and artist, respectfully) Black Magick Det. Rowan Black is a witch that lives in the city of Portsmouth trying to forget her past and live in peace. But living in peace is not really possible for a witch who can remember all her past lives and the atrocities brought upon her people and herself. In Vol. 2 of the series – “Awakening II” (which covers Issues #6-11 of the ongoing series) there are two main stories. The first covers Rowan when she was young and about to go through a ritual that would allow her to recall all her past lives. This may seem like a simple thing but learning about one’s past drives you towards your future of which plays a huge part in why Rowan became a police office.
In the present, Rowan has to contend with a new menace which is a society of witch hunters known as Aira, who have killed many of her kind including several of her past lives. With the help of her best friend Alexandra Roman must discover what plans Aira has for her city while also keeping her day job and solve a new series of murders.
Rucka (as usual) has crafted an engaging supernatural story that both has its roots firming planted in a detective story and that of a witchcraft story. The entire story is character driven and the supporting characters are all extremely well written and engaging on their own rite making for a compelling read. I love Scott’s style of grey-tone artwork with splashes of color when it is needed. The whole feeling is a noir film but in comic book form.
If you enjoy these types of stories, then this is the perfect comic for you. Rucka maintains the same quality of some of his most popular books like Whiteout or Queen & Country or even his amazing run on Wonder Woman.