BLACK MAGICK #11 by Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, Chiara Arena, Jodi Wynne, Eric Trautmann
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BLACK MAGICK #11 shows great use of creative craft. The story is intriguing with a plot that results in characterization. With dynamic illustration, and symbolic and catching coloring, the art is stunning. This makes BLACK MAGICK #11 well worth the read.
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Beware of demons in BLACK MAGICK #11. Writer Greg Rucka finally reveals the demons to Rowan Black and shows us their true power. This plot proves highly interesting to readers. Meanwhile, artist Nicola Scott presents readers with dynamic and detailed art. We also see colorist Chiara Arena stun readers with the contrast of grayscale and full color. Together, these aspects of BLACK MAGICK #11 make for a thrilling and beautiful issue.

Bringing All of it Up to Date

The previous issue introduces Rowan and readers to villainous demons. These demons surprise Rowan by appearing in the maternity ward with her partner Morgan, his wife, and the couple’s newly born child. We start off seeing Alex explaining what has been going on to the Aira representative, when Alex suddenly feels a strong magickal presence. This brings us back to the hospital where Rowan is trying (and failing) to fight off the demon that threatens her partner’s baby. During this struggle, readers learn what the demons want: Rowan.

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Divining Info in BLACK MAGICK #11

BLACK MAGICK #11 has a gripping plot that tells us more about Rowan. Greg Rucka makes Rowan’s inner struggles very clear. These battles serve to tell us about who Rowan is, as a character. They grab our attention so that we simply cannot help but read to the end. He makes the plot so interesting and gripping by complicating characters’ relationships. Rucka does this by throwing in problems that had been very subtly foreshadowed in previous issues.

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The first problem the characters face is Rowan’s feelings for her partner, Morgan. The demon and Rowan are frozen in a time suspended dimension. Meanwhile, the demon assaults Morgan while holding the newborn. The demon grabs at Morgan’s genitals and kisses him. At the same time, the demon forces Rowan to watch the entire thing. Rowan’s anger over this portrays how she clearly has feelings for Morgan. This plot complication makes us want to understand Morgan and Rowan’s relationship more. It also makes readers want to see what the demon does to Morgan. Thus it keeps us reading.

This same example says a lot about Rowan. We know from previous issues that she tends to be a more reserved character. Seeing her become so angry tells the reader how much she really does care about Morgan. It shows that she loves Morgan. It also shows that she loves him enough to remain his partner even when she can’t have him. Above all, it reveals that she is capable of more than one emotion at a time. As she remains angry at the demon, we know that she still carries the sadness of having Morgan at an emotional distance. This shows a whole new outlook on Rowan’s character.

Illusionary Artistry

The art of BLACK MAGICK enchants the reader, which enhances the reading experience. It does this by presenting dynamic imagery and symbolic coloring. The images convey the dynamic nature of the comic through detailed facial expressions. The colors symbolize the idea of magick versus mundane through the contrast of grayscale and full color. Together, these two aspects of the art behind BLACK MAGICK #11 make for a visually stunning issue.

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Nicola Scott presents detailed facial expressions. These expressions help to convey the dynamic quality of the story. We see Rowan’s face change from angry to exhausted to devastated. These changes follow the story’s ups and downs. The demon’s expressions follows a structure dissimilar to Rowan’s. It still reflects the dynamic quality of the characters and story. The face of the demon usually remains in a smug and satisfied position. However, for a brief moment, the demon’s face wrinkles slightly when a look of infuriated disgust becomes apparent. The fact that this change can be seen in two characters that typically remain emotionally closed is a credit to Nicola Scott.

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Chiara Arena does great work with coloring in BLACK MAGIC #11. The comic, usually seen in grayscale, uses color when magick is involved. This suggests a comparison of the magickal to the mundane. The color is used as a metaphor or a symbol to represent magick’s place in the mundane world. Particularly, the color is used to show how magick enhances the boring real world. This use of color as a metaphor makes the reader think more closely about the comic. The contrast between grayscale and color also draws the eye to the page. This contrast, used both for symbolism and to draw in the eye, works in the comic’s favor.

Casting the Spell

BLACK MAGICK #11 is a stunning comic. We see the plot as fascinating. This makes the reader incapable of putting down the issue until the very end. The plot serves to bring new outlooks to Rowan as a character. The illustration gives the characters dynamic expressions. This serving to match the dynamic quality of their presentation in BLACK MAGICK #11. The coloring uses contrast to draw the reader in and to create symbolism. This issue gave us a look at who Rowan is, and what exactly is going on in her mind. We can only expect great things from the next issue.

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